Mile 295 Report

February 8, 2021
by Koptiuch

Location:
Tillamook
Nedonna Beach
Conditions:
Monday 4:15 PM
Party cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
-0.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
20
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
10
Playing in sand:
3
Sitting:
4
Tidepooling:
4
Fishing:
1
I saw about 20 people during my entire walk and maybe four dogs. Most were just casually walking, some are exploring the sea stars and mussels on the jetty, revealed by the minus tide. Lots of sea stars! One guy explicitly came to get mussels off of the jetty for his marinara sauce for dinner, took him about 20 minutes to gather the mussels
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces·Styrofoam
The extra low tide shows a vast expanse of beach sand swept clean. I could barely detect a wrackline. As the tide receded it left just a few scattered wood pieces and pebbles and an occasional piece of shell or strand of seaweed, a few ropes of kelp. A couple of pieces of styrofoam, including one large barrel-sized chunk. Very little debris whether near the water or up at the high tide driftline. But this was the first time I had been to Nadona Beach since the King tides and I couldn't believe the amount of logs and pieces of wood that washed up all over the beach. I couldn’t really figure out if this was all new batch of logs churned up by the king tides, or if the storm surge breached the first low line of dunes pulled closer to the sea some of the enormous log graveyard (as I think of it) up near the jetty. Now there’s a ton of logs piled up on the sea side of the dunes (the low dunes nearest the water are virtually flat now), then a sort of new strip of sand beach between those and the older piles in the log graveyard. All along 295 huge logs are now sprinkled across the top of or fully over the dunes. Enterprising people have built some new sea forts out of logs, but it looked like most of the forts that had been there for the last few months were swept away by the King Tides.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping
Walking south from the jetty, it is clear that the fierce tides made a sharp vertical cut into the dunes, so that now they do resemble bluffs. All the beach entrances are now rather difficult because of a sharp drop at the end of the sandy path walk-in. In some stretches the vertical cut is about three feet, whereas before the dunes were gently sloped. In other stretches the vertical cut may be 7-10 feet high, way over my head, impossible to escape a sneaker wave by trying to scale these bluffs. I could see that logs were newly pushed up above the front dunes/bluffs, at least along some of the mile. But the sharp edge of the dunes flattened out here and there, including at the entrance used by rescue vehicles (I wonder if workers added sand to smooth out this entrance, as they did at the Rockaway Wayside entrance). In many sections of the vertical bluff, earlier sediments of washed-in logs are now visible way below the present surface of the dunes, as if the sea conducted a sort of archaeological dig, exposing layers of other earlier king tide deposits. It looks like some of the lower foredunes were just completely eroded back maybe by 15-20 feet. In several areas the bluff edge is way farther into shore than where the outer dunes used to be. This is not good news for the houses placed not very far from the dunes. A whole fir tree horizontally embedded in the sand resembled the wreck of a ship, its branches bowed like the ship's ribs, nature's Peter Iredale wreck.
Comments:
Summary:
Stunning to see the enormous number of logs washed onto the beach through this winter's season of King Tides and storm surge! This was my first visit to Nadona Beach since the king tides and I couldn't believe all the giant logs and pieces of wood that washed up all over the beach, especially in the 1/4 mile south of the jetty. It's now hard to pick one's way through this from the entry path to the shore. Besides some new logs, it looks like the storm surge breached and erased the first low line of foredunes and pulled closer to the sea some of the enormous log graveyard (as I think of it) up near the jetty.  Tons of logs are piled up on the sea side of the dunes now, and a sort of new strip of sand beach opened up between those logs and the older piles in the log graveyard.  All along 295 huge logs are now sprinkled across the top of or fully over the dunes. Enterprising people have built several new sea forts out of logs, the older forts having been swept away by the king tides. Fierce tides also made a sharp vertical cut into the dunes, so that now they resemble steep bluffs. All the beach entrances are now rather difficult because of sharp drops at the end of most of the sandy entry paths. In some stretches the vertical cut is about three feet, whereas before the dunes were gently sloped. In other stretches the vertical cut may be 7-10 feet high, way over my head, impossible to escape a sneaker wave by trying to scale these bluffs. In many sections of the vertical bluff, earlier sediments of washed-in logs are now visible way below the present surface of the dunes, as if the sea conducted a sort of archaeological dig, exposing layers of other earlier king tide deposits. It looks like some of the lower dunes were just completely eroded back maybe by 15-20 feet.
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach south of the jetty
    Piles of logs cover the high beach south of the jetty, pushed in by the winter king tides
    north entrance to Nadona Beach looking north toward the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach looking south from the jetty
    Piles of logs cover the high beach looking south from the jetty, pushed in by the winter king tides
    north entrance to Nadona Beach looking south
    February 8, 2021
  • Minimal wrack line looking north from one mile south of the jetty
    Minimal wrack line looking north from one mile south of the jetty.
  • Driftwood fort built atop the dunes' sharp 3' vertical edge
    Driftwood fort built atop the dunes' sharp 3' vertical edge sliced by the force of the winter king tides
    about 3/4 mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Steep 7-10 foot vertical edge cut into the dunes by the king tides
    Steep 7-10 foot vertical edge cut into the dunes by the winter king tides
    about 3/4 mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Sharp, three-foot vertical edge to the dunes, with giant log pitched over it
    Sharp, three-foot vertical edge to the dunes, cut-away reveals earlier layers of logs buried under the dune, with giant log newly pitched over it
    about 2/3 mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Steep drop at south entrance to mile 295
    Steep drop at south entrance to mile 295, due to king tides violent erosion
    one mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Minus tide view of shore from water's edge
    Minus-tide view of shore from water's edge, looking south from the jetty. Note piles of logs up near the dunes.
    near to the jetty looking south
    February 8, 2021
  • South jetty explorations at low minus-tide
    South jetty explorations at low minus-tide
    south side of south jetty of Nehalem bay
    February 8, 2021
  • Tide pool on the south jetty
    Tide pool on the south jetty, with orange and purple sea stars, mussels and barnacles aplenty
    South side of south jetty at Nehalem Bay
    February 8, 2021
  • Harvesting mussels for dinner
    Harvesting mussels for dinner on the south jetty at Nehalem Bay
    South side of south jetty at Nehalem Bay
    February 8, 2021
  • Piles of logs with a new stretch of beach in between, looking north near the jetty. King tides pushed in new logs, but also pulled old ones out of the log graveward that used to remain on the other side of the dunes.
    just south of the south jetty near Nadona's northern most beach entrance
    February 8, 2021
  • King tide dune erosion threatens homes at Nadona Beach
    King tide dune erosion threatens homes at Nadona Beach, huge logs pushed atop the dunes
    about 1/2 mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Kids play at one of many driftwood forts on Nadona Beach
    Kids play at one of many driftwood forts up near the dunes on Nadona Beach, making enterprising use of the log bounty washed in by the winter king tides.
    about 1/3 mile south of the south jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • King tide logs, a new fort, and a roof of a home now closer to the sea's edge
    King tide logs, a new fort, and a roof of a home now closer to the sea's edge
    about 1/4 mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • A whole fir tree horizontally embedded in the sand resembled the wreck of a ship, its branches sticking up like the ship's ribs, nature's Peter Iredale.
    about 1/3 mile south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
  • Lots more to Nadona beach at a minus-tide low, just before dusk
    Lots more to Nadona beach at a minus-tide low, just before dusk
    just south of the jetty
    February 8, 2021
Other Mile 295 Reports (28)

2020

December 14, 2020 - Koptiuch
It was the height of the king tides. About 50°, mild breeze, intermittent sunshine. No real beach to walk on safely. When the waves ebbed they left a little beach space up near the dunes, but...
November 8, 2020 - Koptiuch
Beautiful sunny Sunday at low tide, breezy and chilly at about 48°. Pretty big surf. Saw 25 people and 4 dogs upon entering at north end of Nadonna Beach, and saw 38 people and six dogs walking back...
  • Nadonna Beach looking south
  • Nadonna Beach looking north
  • Man on jetty
  • Pretty big surf at Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • Sea drift
  • Crescent Creek
  • Between the jetties at Nehalem River
July 11, 2020 - Koptiuch
After a rainy morning people were just starting to come out to Nadonna Beach. The tide seemed much lower than 1.7, and had created a sand bar forming a large shallow “lake” just at the shore south of...
  • Nadonna beach entrance signage
  • lake by south jetty
  • dead fish
  • kids flying kites
  • Pallet on beach
  • View north toward the jetty
May 23, 2020 - Koptiuch
Lots of commotion near the jetty on the north end of Nedonna Beach on this overcast morning! Earlier today a small rental boat had capsized, a man and a dog fell into the water. Both swam to the...
  • Capsized Boat Scene, Nedonna Beach
  • Assessing the Situation of capsized boat, Nedonna Beach
  • View of Capsized Boat, Nedonna Beach
  • Rescue Vehicle Tracks, Nedonna Beach
  • Fire Department to the Rescue, Nedonna Beach
  • Foam in Driftline, Nedonna Beach
  • Driftwood "Fort", Nedonna Beach
May 3, 2020 - Koptiuch
Beach looks like it was swept clean by the tides. Left deposits of seaweed and bits of wood and stuff high up on near dunes. Scattered razor clam and blue muscle shells, crab body shells of small...

2019

September 6, 2019 - martyandchuck
Normal beach.  As usual, typical movement of sand that change the slope of the beach to the waterline.
August 1, 2019 - Nedonnaman
Could have been most any day this summer  when tide is very low in morning ... less dune erosion  than usual last winter, more driftwood on beach.
March 4, 2019 - Paulissen
Very minimal activity noted today, likely as a result of the high tide and it being a Monday. We noticed a very high concentration of washed up moon jellies, unlike what we have seen in the past.

2018

December 22, 2018 - martyandchuck
Pleasant day at beach, comfortable winter weather, hardly any wind, with visible sand erosion, and loss of beach. King tides reaching far up beach.
July 14, 2018 - Nedonnaman
Very nice summer morning ... typical mid-summer beach

2017

October 12, 2017 - Nedonnaman
July 26, 2017 - Nedonnaman
Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of...
January 23, 2017 - Nedonnaman
Effects of storms and high tides over last couple of weeks striking -- northern half mile shows major erosion of fore dune.  Lots of large logs high up on beach; relatively few smaller pieces.  Fair...

2016

August 15, 2016 - Nedonnaman
Pretty typical summer beach. Most notable feature is fact that there is substantially more driftwood on beach than in recent past ... result of last winter's storms.

2012

July 23, 2012 - martyandchuck
A very quiet time @ the beach, only a few people, with beach fairly clean. Sand has shifted, some drift wood is covered,although much remains. Have found some plastic bottles from Japan in the past,...

2011

September 3, 2011 - martyandchuck
Report for September

2010

August 10, 2010 - skyhar8000
An excellent hike. Very little trash found. We did encounter a gigantic bull sea lion -- we went one way, and he went the other. No seals seen, but plenty of evidence that they continue to use the...
August 2, 2010 - skyhar8000
Almost directly in front of our family beach cabin in North Rockaway Beach, I discovered a dead fish. Apparently an adult salmon of one species or another. Corpse is almost completely intact except...
June 21, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found the corpse of a ray or skate washed up. Very unusual for this area. Body was perhaps 18-24 inches front to back (not including the tail and 30-36 inches wide. No apparent cause of death, a...
June 17, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found seal pup on beach. Called local police station, and the volunteer at the desk notified the local wildlife network. As I returned from my walk, a state parks person was at the scene and an...

2009

December 6, 2009 - martyandchuck
The beach continues to have large logs/driftwood on it, making walking to shoreline difficult. Dead pelican noted among the driftwood.
  • sad to see but unsure if it was anything but a natural death.

2008

October 19, 2008 - martyandchuck
Beautiful day. Many areas where beach grasses have been 'mowed'. Not sure if this is appropriate or not; will try to find out. After seeing 2 dead Humboldt squid on our mile, we heard that this...
September 7, 2008 - martyandchuck
Owners of house on beach drive have mown down all the beach grasses in front of house (the dune area) to better see the ocean (!!??)
May 31, 2008 - martyandchuck
Some movement in driftwood. Two large pieces of a dock on shore as 'driftwood' from someplace else.
March 1, 2008 - martyandchuck
After rainy morning (with hail), afternoon was mostly sunny and warm.

2007

November 21, 2007 - martyandchuck
Beautiful weather. Lots of folks arriving for Thanksgiving weekend. About 1/2 dozen dead birds sighted in the sand. They aren't sea gulls but not sure what species.
October 27, 2007 - martyandchuck
Overall the beach looks much more like it did 4 years ago when we first began walking along it. The sand is more level and less debris on the shore with no sightings of any dead animals, the weather...
June 12, 2007 - martyandchuck
Quiet - saw bald eagle and also osprey flying over ocean. Very few seagulls - beach appears to be returning after sand loss this winter.