Mile 298 Report

July 12, 2022
by LeboC

Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP 2
Tuesday 7:30 AM
60° F
Tide Level:
-0.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Horseback riding
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Early-morning beach walkers enjoying a low tide.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets
Debris on beach was sparse and scattered. Large wood pieces were stacked up against base of foredune. Sand fleas hopping around transition between wet and dry sand.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Very little human-made debris on beach. Folks were being very respectful of plover restrictions.

  • Sand shrimp on the Nehalem Spit
    July 12, 2022
  • Looking south toward western snowy plover protection area.
    July 12, 2022
  • Looking north toward Neahkahnie seacliffs.
    July 12, 2022
Other Mile 298 Reports (19)


February 4, 2022 - LeboC
The beach was empty. No plastics or trash were observed. We stumbled across 10 western snowy plovers on the north end of our survey. Shorebirds were hunkered down in deep foot prints in the sand--...
  • western snowy plovers
  • sanderlings


July 21, 2019 - Sue R.
From the entrance to the beach from the state park, walking north, I saw about 40 people, eight dogs, three horses, lots of washed up upside-down crabs, and several small beached jellyfish.  There...


January 12, 2013 - nkn pete
Had 7 members of the NKN Natural Resource/Envir club & 2 adults observing the beach and removing litter. Collected 6 SOLV size plastic bags of litter. Mostly plastic bottles, styrofoam, and a...


February 11, 2012 - nkn pete
There were 17 members of the NKN Nat'l Resource/Envir. Club to help with the beach cleanup and coastal monitoring. We collected 3.5 SOLV bags of debris (mostly all plastic and styrofoam) & one 30...


April 16, 2011 - nkn pete
Beach very clean only collected one SOLV bag of trash. We had 12 members of our NKN Natural Resource/Envir. Club survey & collect litter. We cut Scotch Broom for the Nehalem Bay state park when...


December 30, 2010 - nkn pete
Area was very clean. Less than one SOLV size bag of trash collected, mostly plastic. No evidence of oil or marine pollution. Only one dead gull seen. We saw a young seal in the surf. It was acting...
June 10, 2010 - nkn pete
Done with NKN 6th Grade Middle School (covered the beach from the base of the dune to the shore). Thorough cleanup using 55 kids. Only 2 SOLV bags collected. Found a long message in a bottle....
February 15, 2010 - nkn pete
Seven members of the Natural Resource/Environment Club worked on this monitoring activity. No mortality -- everything looks clean and good today. Beach very clean only 0.5 SOLV of litter collected...


November 1, 2009 - nkn pete
Walked mile 298 to check for dead birds. Observed:1 ancient murrelet quite old just wings1 black footed albatross older both wings still attached to shoulder girdle1 western grebe -- fresh entire...
October 24, 2009 - [email protected]
A beautiful day and a beautiful beach. This is our first visit to this area. There were sporadic clumps of kelp, lots of crab shells and large pieces of driftwood. The beach was clean of trash...
September 19, 2009 - nkn pete
Beach was very clean. Our NKN National Resource/Envir Club only collected 1 full SOLV bag + 1 clump of rope.


November 22, 2008 - nkn pete
Light human use (6 people, 3 dogs). Very little litter.Had members of the NKN Nat'l Resource Club with us. We documented the amount + type of litter for the International Coastal Cleanup Project on...
September 20, 2008 - nkn pete
We also helped with the SOLV beach cleanup. Found an old derelict tent, and collected one SOLV bag of trash. (Beach was clean.) We completed the international survey of litter found on the beach for...
June 11, 2008 - nkn pete
Heavy (73) human use. First time we didn't see any beached birds. ~20 NKN Middle School students participated in the monitoring/clean up - only 1 SOLV-size bag of debris (mostly plastic bottles)...
May 10, 2008 - nkn pete
Beach berm still steep from winter storms, but beginning to flatten out.Observation done with NKN Nat'l Resource Club members. We also cleaned the beach, a total of 1 SOLV bag collected. Most of the...
January 29, 2008 - nkn pete
December storm - really changed the beach. Large over 4m wide pile of tree trunks + branches from flood throughout mile surveyed.Much erosion of beach + dune - cut back and steep angle ~ 40° to high...


September 15, 2007 - nkn pete
Beach was clean of debris. We collected less than 1/2 SOLV bag. This project was done with NKN Nat'l Resource Club members from the NKN Middle + High Schools. We also completed an Ocean Conservancy...
June 7, 2007 - nkn pete
It was the first time we did not see any dead birds in years!!There were about 30 - 40 Dungeness crab cases along beach. They may have been molts.Beach was clean - 2 SOLV-size bags of trash collected...
February 3, 2007 - nkn pete
Surveyed the beach with members of the NKN Natural Resources Club. Two full SOLV bags of trash collected, 1 10-gal plastic can + one 3' plastic yard fence. Most garbage ~90% was plastic (land based)...