Mile 298 Report

July 21, 2019
by Sue R.

Location:
Tillamook
Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP 2
Conditions:
Sunday 1:45 PM
Party cloudy
80° F
Wind:
Moderate from the S
Humans / Pets:
People:
40
Dogs:
8
Activities:
Walking / Running:
35
Playing in surf:
4
Sitting:
5
At the access point to the beach from Nehalem state park parking lot, there were several large human-made drift wood shelters. Walking north, I saw about 40 people, eight dogs, three horses, lots of washed up upside-down dead crabs, and several small beached jellyfish. There was one pair of car tire tracks. Many kite boarders were in the water just north of mile 298, around Manzanita beach.
Concerns:
People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
People with their dogs were ignoring two signs prohibiting access to beach where snowy plovers were nesting. The signs warning of seasonal restriction were just a little south of the entrance from Nehalem state park day parking area. Access to the area was restricted to walking on wet sand only and no dogs allowed. We walked a very short way along the wet sand and encountered two women and a dog playing on the beach. I told them about the sign (which they say they didn’t see) and asked them to leash their dog and walk along the wet sand. We walked a little further along the wet sand water line in restricted area, turned around, and four unleashed dogs came running toward us, followed further behind by their four owners walking in the dry sand. I told them about the sign restricting access and the nesting snowy plovers. They also said they didn’t see the sign, but they did leash their dogs and turned around. In the 30 minutes we were in the restricted area I encountered six people and five unleashed dogs who said they didn’t see the sign noting restricted access.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
25
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Lots of dead crabs (Dungeness?) We saw about 35 dead crabs on north half mile section.
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

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 was one pair of car tire tracks.

Walking south from the access point there were large two signs above the high tide line prohibiting seasonal beach access to people and horse and dogs beyond the sign. Access to the area was restricted to walking on wet sand only. From March through October the sandy beach and dunes are closed to protect the nesting snowy plovers. In the 30 minutes we were in the restricted area I encountered six people and five unleashed dogs who said they didn’t see the sign noting restricted access. All parties I encountered were polite and left the area after I informed them about the snowy plovers.

  • Enjoying beach, horses, walkers, playing in waves, kite boarders
    Nehalem state park beach
    July 21, 2019
  • driftwood wind shelter
    Nehalem state park
    July 21, 2019
  • Stay off the beach!
    Just south of Nehalem state park day use parking lot
    July 21, 2019
  • Our beautiful beach
    Nehalem state park
    July 21, 2019
  • One of many dead crabs.
    Nehalem state park
    July 21, 2019
Other Mile 298 Reports (17)

2013

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...

2012

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...

2011

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...

2010

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...

2009

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.

2008

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...

2007

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)...