Mile 296 Report

July 11, 2009
by Coopersmith

South end Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP
Saturday 2:00 PM
Moderate from the N
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Almost no litter, except for a red foil balloon, which I attached to the tree trunk I have been watching for years; now half its original size.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
11 People. Almost no litter except for a red foil balloon, now half its original size.
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.
April 10, 2009 - Coopersmith
Many jellyfish pieces. Light (7) human use, not one speck of litter on beach or dunes path.


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.