Mile 295 Report

May 23, 2020
by Koptiuch

Nedonna Beach
Saturday 11:45 AM
55° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Lots of commotion near the jetty on the north end of Nedonna Beach today. As I had read on the Rockaway Facebook page prior to going to the beach, earlier this morning a man and a dog were out fishing in a rented boat when the boat capsized and they fell into the water. Both swam to the jetty safely, fortunately, but the capsized boat was still in the water and had drifted not far from shore just south of the jetty. Two Sheriffs Dept vehicles were parked by the jetty when I arrived, but no activity. Several people were sitting around on the jetty rocks, watching whatever would unfold. On my return from walking my mile about 50 minutes later, another pickup truck had arrived, evidently from the boat rental place. Two men walked out in the surf to the boat, which had been nudged closer to shore by the rising tide. One stood on the overturned boat trying to assess the situation. One of them told me that the engines were stuck in the sand so the tide might not be strong enough to push the boat to shore. They left to get rope and a winch, they planned to flip the boat, bail it out and haul it in. Shortly after, two Fire Department vehicles arrived, a rescue truck and a large pickup truck with a big winch. I had to go at that time, but presumably they were able to tow the boat in. As I walked away from the scene back to my car, the odor of gasoline was quite strong, but I'm not sure if it was due to leakage from the capsized boat or fumes given off by the recently arrived fire dept trucks. The incident will probably be in the newspaper next week!
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Vehicles entered the beach about .75 of a mile south of the jetty, and crossed the sand from the dunes down to the firm sand at the water's edge. They left tracks in the sand. Two Sheriff Dept vehicles, two Fire Dept vehicles, and one truck (from the boat rental place) all parked on the sand near the jetty.
Notable Wildlife:
A few seagulls flew by overhead, some seaweed washed up with the tide but not much.
Dead Birds:
Two seagulls, not sure what species. One was about 50 feet from the water's edge .6 mile south of the jetty and looked as if it had been washed in by the last high tide. The other was closer to the dunes not far from the jetty, and was much more deteriorated.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Driftline content was pretty clean. I did not see trash or plastic, which surprised me because for the past two days the beach closer to Rockaway's wayside had been loaded with small bits of plastic and people reported finding debris that might have come from the tsunami in Japan. I found a small white plastic float that may have been used to hold up a net (with many other floats), with writing in what looks like Japanese on the float. No such human debris was noticeable on mile 295.
New Development:
People have made several driftwood “forts“ here in there up near the dunes.
Natural Changes:

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 jetty safely, but the capsized boat could still be seen overturned in the water not far from shore just south of the jetty. Several vehicles (2 Sheriffs Dept, 2 Fire Dept, 1 truck from boat rental co) were parked by the jetty and several men and one woman were figuring out how to retrieve the boat. Several people were sitting/standing around watching whatever would unfold. I watched two men walk out in the surf to the boat, one climbed onto the overturned boat to assess the situation. They said the engines were stuck in the sand so the tide was unlikely to push the boat to shore. The men left in their truck to get rope and a winch, but almost immediately two Fire Department vehicles arrived with a big winch on a heavy duty pickup. I had to go before they retrieved the boat, but the incident will probably be in the newspaper next week! The beach was quite clean, not much debris in the driftline, a bit of foam and natural debris but no noticeable human debris. Two dead sea birds had washed up. About 55 people were walking, sitting, playing, or watching the boat incident. Despite what sounds like a lot of people, the beach remained quite empty, plenty of social distancing to go around. Nobody was wearing a mask.

  • Capsized Boat Scene, Nedonna Beach
    Capsized boat, Sheriff's Dept vehicles, a family enjoying the beach, two guys headed to go fishing from the jetty
    Just south of the jetty at the north end of Nedonna Beach.
    May 23, 2020
  • Assessing the Situation of capsized boat, Nedonna Beach
    Two men assess the capsized boat's condition; its engines are stuck in the sand, retrieval will require a winch.
    Just south of the jetty at the north end of Nedonna Beach.
    May 23, 2020
  • View of Capsized Boat, Nedonna Beach
    View of capsized boat from the jetty looking south on Nedonna Beach
    Looking south from the jetty at the north end of Nedonna Beach.
    May 23, 2020
  • Rescue Vehicle Tracks, Nedonna Beach
    Rescue vehicle tracks en route to capsized boat
    About .6 of a mile south of the jetty
    May 23, 2020
  • Fire Department to the Rescue, Nedonna Beach
    Fire Department to the Rescue of Capsized Boat
    Just south of the jetty at the north end of Nedonna Beach.
    May 23, 2020
  • Foam in Driftline, Nedonna Beach
    Foam in Driftline, looking south
    About 300 yards south of jetty.
    May 23, 2020
  • Driftwood "Fort", Nedonna Beach
    Elaborate driftwood "fort" and view of Nedonna Beach looking south
    About a half mile south of the jetty
    May 23, 2020
Other Mile 295 Reports (34)


September 30, 2022 - Koptiuch
9/30/22 5:15 PM, high tide was about 3:30 PM. A beautiful sunny day, a little windy from the northwest. I started walking north from the south end of the mile. Lots of seagulls were sitting on the...
  • View looking south from the south jetty at Nedonna Beach
  • Nehalem Bay channel from south jetty toward the north jetty
  • Drift-log "fort" at north end of Nedonna Beach
  • Double crested cormorant on rock at south jetty
  • Double crested cormorant on rock at south jetty, Nedonna Beach
  • Elaborate "fort" made of drift logs
  • Sea gulls enjoying sunset at Nedonna Beach
September 7, 2022 - ALawson
One dead cormorant was observed. Several man made driftwood structures were built near the jetty at the northern end of Nedonna beach.
July 16, 2022 - nedonnaman
Very high tides in the last week have swept the beach clean of usual debris in wrack line.  Sand has built up nicely since winter storms and the beach as a whole is in very good shape. 
March 9, 2022 - nedonnaman
North half of mile has more driftwood than usual; south half has significant erosion of foredune.


September 11, 2021 - allison
  • nedonna marsh
July 18, 2021 - nedonnaman
February 8, 2021 - Koptiuch
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...
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach south of the jetty
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach looking south from the jetty
  • Minimal wrack line looking north from one mile south of the jetty
  • Driftwood fort built atop the dunes' sharp 3' vertical edge
  • Steep 7-10 foot vertical edge cut into the dunes by the king tides
  • Sharp, three-foot vertical edge to the dunes, with giant log pitched over it
  • Steep drop at south entrance to mile 295
  • Minus tide view of shore from water's edge
  • South jetty explorations at low minus-tide
  • Tide pool on the south jetty
  • Harvesting mussels for dinner
  • King tide dune erosion threatens homes at Nadona Beach
  • Kids play at one of many driftwood forts on Nadona Beach
  • King tide logs, a new fort, and a roof of a home now closer to the sea's edge
  • Lots more to Nadona beach at a minus-tide low, just before dusk


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 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...


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 - Neah-Kah-Nie HS
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.


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


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...


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.


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,...


September 3, 2011 - martyandchuck
Report for September


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...


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.


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.


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.