Mile 296 Report

July 14, 2019
by JMorris

South end Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP
68° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
This mile comprises two distinct areas. From the mouth of the Nehalem River north is lightly visited, other than horse tours. I viewed a tour of ~8 riders at the north side of the Nehalem River, and two cyclists who were pushing their bikes, either observing the prohibition on bicycles during Snowy Plover season, or because the tide was too high. On the south side of the Nehalem River there is much easier public access. That is where the public was sitting on the sand or wading near shore.
Fire·Litter·People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
Evidence of several drift log fires south of the Nehalem. Fireworks debris south of the Nehalem. Prints in the sand that may be dog, or possibly coyote in Snowy Plover restricted area north of the Nehalem.
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Two bicyclists on beach (wet sand) within Snowy Plover restricted area. They were pushing their bikes when I saw them. As they proceeded north it may have become easier to ride on the sand, but I wasn't able to observe whether they rode, or continued to walk their bikes. I'm not sure if the rules allow walking a bicycle on wet sand within Snowy Plover areas.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Moderate to high numbers of mature crabs, very high concentrations of small (<1.5") crabs. Light numbers of mussels and barnacles in wrack line.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
Light accumulation of primarily organic material north of Nehalem River. Moderate accumulations of human debris, primarily fireworks, south of Nehalem River.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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 relatively low, moreso during Plover season when bicycles are banned on the beach. Most notable feature was the high number of dead invertabrates in the wrack line. South of the Nehalem River there was much higher human use and impact, including debris (much of it fireworks) and drift log fires. The photos are quadriped printsfrom the Snowy Plover protected area north of the Nehalem River that did not correlate with human footprints. Possibly a coyote?

  • Sample of print that may be dog or coyote within Snowy Plover restricted area.
    Quadriped prints paralleled wrack line extending over 1/4 mile ending about 100 yards north of southern boundary of Plover Restricted area.
    July 13, 2019
Other Mile 296 Reports (17)


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.
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.