Mile 296 Report

April 10, 2009
by Coopersmith

South end Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP
Friday 3:00 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Many jellyfish pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
This time I returned by walking far into the dunes to the east, and I found a ranger trail near the bay that took me all the way back to the parking lot (round trip: 7 miles). Not one speck of human litter on beach or dunes path.
Many jellyfish pieces. Light (7) human use, not one speck of litter on beach or dunes path.
Other Mile 296 Reports (17)


July 14, 2019 - JMorris
North of the Nehalem River mile 296 is accessible only by an ~2 mile beach walk (or bicycle or horse) or a similar distance on a sandy track running down the center of the spit. Human use is...


November 10, 2018 - Coopersmith
A sunny weekend day at the beach, loads of people, SOLV cleanup in September, beach extremely clean.
June 12, 2018 - Coopersmith
Many new signs. Since the last time:; the beach is semi blocked. Shorebird preserve: pedestrians must walk on wet sand only. No dogs, bikes, motorized vehicles. Every 50 yards a stake with a sign :...
February 13, 2018 - Coopersmith
Gorgeous day: low temperature brought out only the hardiest, well-wrapped walkers. Beach looks good. As usual in winter, high waves and loads of driftwood.


October 6, 2013 - Coopersmith
Since this mile, ending in the Nehalem Bay North Jetty, is in a state park and activity is patrolled by park rangers, it is clean. No human debris and very little natural debris sighted on this...


June 10, 2010 - Coopersmith
Aside from noted litter, otherwise clean; no erosion or interference.
May 18, 2010 - skyhar8000
This afternoon I hiked the length of the South Nehalem Jetty. Near the end of the jetty, I discovered two large tarps. One is caught in rocks and wood. The other one, I managed to dig out and haul...
March 19, 2010 - Coopersmith
Unusual to see hikers climbing on N. Jetty. Jetty showed extra driftwood and logs on top, indicating rougher seas than we observed from shore. Still paradise.


October 6, 2009 - Coopersmith
Exceptionally clean beach. East end of jetty covered with sand, making it look much shorter. The huge barnacle-covered tree trunk that I have been observing for years is gone. All is well.
July 11, 2009 - Coopersmith
11 People. Almost no litter except for a red foil balloon, now half its original size.


December 2, 2008 - [email protected]
Very few people or dogs on this walk, none on mile 296. I did not complete the south portion of mile 296.
June 27, 2008 - Coopersmith
Exquisitely clean + windswept
April 13, 2008 - Coopersmith
Staggering beauty; heartbreaking litter. Evidence of winter storm activity.
January 1, 2008 - Coopersmith
Winter storms brought usual mass of driftwood + logs up to dune grass. Lots on jetty, too.Collected 3 gallon-sized chunks of white styrofoam. Sure wish styro. could be recycled: worst man-made hazard...


September 24, 2007 - Coopersmith
No human disturbance or litter. 5 dogs, 3 horses. Saw 7 brown pelicans, flying + fishing.
July 8, 2007 - Coopersmith
Unusual concentration of seagulls of all ages fishing with pelicans (more than ever seen before)
January 15, 2007 - Coopersmith
MAJOR LITTER (needs a truck to remove):Red buoy washed up on dune; White plastic shelter by GRI-Plastics, Grassie, Ontario: big enough for a small family or 2 St. Bernards.