Mile 300 Report

June 13, 2009
by beachmike

Manzanita Beach, Manzanita, Neahkahnie Beach
Saturday 3:00 PM
65° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
12 Kitesurfers
Apparent Violations:
none seen
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Kitesurfing is becoming the new activity on Manzanita Beach. It's starting to look like Hood River out there. As a whole, they were all very courteous though and left no visible impacts of their visits.
Notable Wildlife:
A bald eagle flew right over my head at very low altitude twice! Couldn't have been more than 20 feet high. Flew parallel to Ocean Ave. and on both occasions, was being badgered by two crows.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells
My trash collection efforts yielded mostly paper and a few beer cans/bottles.
New Development:
none detected
Natural Changes:
I didn't find a single plastic bottle this time! We either have a lot of other diligent trash collectors on this beach or the recent modifications to the Bottle Bill are really having an effect.
Despite the high use of this beach, it remains pretty pristine in terms of accumulated trash and other human impact. My only complaint is that folks tend to torch every large log or stump that washes up. But overall, it appears that the overall cleanliness of the beach encourages visitors to pick up after themselves and leave no trace. The new wheelchair-accessible ramp down to the beach from Ocean Avenue appears to be getting a lot of use by folks who would otherwise have a hard time making it down there, thus making the beach a treasure to be savored by all Oregonians.
Other Mile 300 Reports (49)


September 2, 2021 - cpendergrass
Almost half of the people seen were kite surfers. The dead Mola mola was a sigificant find...the first I've found in 5 years of CoastWatch surveys. They are not uncommon in the open ocean near...
  • Mola mola
  • kite surfer


December 12, 2020 - llucaskmehra
November 27, 2020 - llucaskmehra
Very clean, people social distancing and wearing masks. No plastic bits in the driftline. Parking area tidy - no overflowing trash.
November 11, 2020 - llucaskmehra
October 1, 2020 - llucaskmehra
All is well
January 11, 2020 - mccannavc
These observations were recorded during a King High Tide.  12:00PM on 1/11/2020. The Cape Elizabeth Buoy reported 9.5 high tide, 16 kts WNW, 21 kts gusts, and significant wave heights of 29 feet.  It...


December 1, 2019 - llucaskmehra
Rainy day so fewer people on this holiday weekend Sunday. Friday was sunny and more than 200 people and their dogs were enjoying - walking, running, exercising dogs, throwing footballs, kites,...
August 18, 2019 - mccannavc
Mile 3008/18/19Sunday Morning6:30am - 9:00amThe surf was 3-4 feet waist to chest high. The scent of beach fire was notable.There was evidence of human beach activity prior to my arrival - 6 sand...


November 25, 2018 - llucaskmehra
Lovely days for November, observations over four days - many people enjoying the beach with dogs, upwards of 200 on Friday. No wildlife likely as a result of the busy tourist weekend. Sea gulls...


August 31, 2017 - Volunteer Trainer
I found this murre chick on the beach at Manzanita, August 31. I took it to a rehab lady in Rockaway Beach (recommended by the Wildlife Center in Astoria) an hour or so after recovering it, but...
  • Murre Chick-Manzanita 8/31/17
July 19, 2017 - [email protected]
Unusual increase in dead grebes on Mile 300.


December 21, 2016 - [email protected]
September 19, 2016 - [email protected]
Decapitated seal on beach.  Cormorant, gull only other wildlife.
May 27, 2016 - [email protected]
May Report
  • starfish, Manzanita Beach, Manzanita, Neahkahnie Beach
  • vellella on beach
March 9, 2016 - [email protected]
I forgot to post this on 110215 - dead shark at foot of North Avenue on Mile 300
  • dead shark that lingered quite a while at the foot of North Avenue.
March 8, 2016 - [email protected]
Purple, very slippery small organisms. What are they - krill?
  • slippery purple small organisms; On the beach
  • slippery purple small organisms on Oregon beach


August 24, 2015 - [email protected]
Dead murres on north beach of Manzanita
January 3, 2015 - beachmike
I just received a phone call in regard to a large number of dead Cassin's Auklets currently washing up on Manzanita Beach. She counted over a hundred in the span of a quarter mile from Laneda Ave.


October 17, 2014 - [email protected]
Excess of dead birds on mile 300
October 7, 2014 - [email protected]
I've seen 4 dead Grebes on mile 300


August 29, 2013 - beachmike
Submitted by a guest to the website:We are vacationing in Manzanita for a week. Yesterday, we walked the beach and found one dead gull. Today we found six dead adults and adolescent gulls in a strip...
April 7, 2013 - beachmike
Stormy morning on the coast. No signs of tsunami debris. Found one interesting post, but it didn't look as if it had been at sea very long and was held together by modern-looking nails.


June 16, 2012 - beachmike
I noted a few pieces of unusual debris (flat and rounded foam-based materials) that could be tsunami-related, based purely upon reports I've seen of other such objects on TV. See attached photos....
  • Large tree in foreground washed up root-ball and all.  Halfway submerged beneath the dune.
  • I found three pieces like this.
April 14, 2012 - beachmike
Very popular day on the coast. Everything is pretty clean, due mostly to the recent SOLV event. Didn't see any readily apparent tsunami debris in this mile.


May 21, 2011 - beachmike
Overall, the mile appears to be in good shape. Heavily used, but remarkably clean of litter, considering. Very little wildlife observed this time around.


September 29, 2010 - beachmike
Beach was extremely clean from the recent cleanup weekend. Very few people on the beach for such a lovely day. I soon realized that it may have something to do with the salps (
August 15, 2010 - beachmike
Pod of orcas 500 yards off Manzanita beach right now! Easily six to eight fins visible at any given time. Perfect viewing weather. Look just north of Ocean and Manzanita intersection to see them...
April 18, 2010 - beachmike
Significant shoreline activity along access trail "8", about a quarter mile south of Laneda Ave. Much of the foredune has been scraped away across a section of beach about a 100 yards across....
February 14, 2010 - beachmike
Almost like the 4th of July on the beach today, based on visitor traffic. Too many people to accurately count, but definitely in the low hundreds. About one dog for every 7 of them. None on leash...
January 2, 2010 - beachmike
Very stormy day on the coast around noon today. The sea-foam was 1-2 feet high along the driftline. The surf was rushing in right up to the beachgrass, catching many walkers off-guard and causing a...
  • A sneaker wave comes ashore on Manzanita Beach.


October 30, 2009 - [email protected]
Walking on mile 300 each morning, I am NOT seeing a recent excess of dead birds. (We did find a dead human 2 weeks ago). Beach is almost pure sand.
October 18, 2009 - [email protected]
See "Action and Comments" for summary.
October 11, 2009 - beachmike
The beach appeared clean and almost swept free of anything to report. It was difficult to even find the driftline. About the only negative I observed today is that the horseback riders are still...
  • Lots of beach walkers today!
September 16, 2009 - [email protected]
Large number of dead birds (10) reported on this mile.
September 5, 2009 - beachmike
This is a heavily used beach, particularly on these holiday weekends, but it manages to stay reasonably clean. Every drift-log is typically heavily torched from campfires, making for a bit of an...
February 1, 2009 - [email protected]
Jellyfish every 10 feet. 11 people walking.


December 30, 2008 - [email protected]
Dead birds: Northern Fulmar, Sheerwater, Rhinoceros Auklet. 23 people, 4 playing in creek.
November 25, 2008 - [email protected]
Large patch of knotweed growing at north end of mile 300. Light use: 4 people, 2 dogs.
November 1, 2008 - beachmike
The beach was really clean. I couldn't find anything to pick up. Dogs were all off-leash except for one, but none were observed chasing wildlife. There are a few companies that lead horseback...
  • Representative of the beach crowd that day.  A few strollers with dogs.  Someone practicing kitesurfing on the shore
  • The pelicans were making many dives into the surf, so I'm guessing there's some decent fishing out there.  Amazing display of fishing prowess in the heavy wind and waves.
September 26, 2008 - [email protected]
Light human use (7). Nothing much to comment on.
September 8, 2008 - [email protected]
Heavy use by humans (35) and dogs (6). Pelicans still active. 6 dead murres.
August 23, 2008 - [email protected]
Very heavy human use (102). Beach grass seems to be spreading and the dunes building up.
March 4, 2008 - [email protected]
Very little human activity on this day. Huge amounts of driftwood. Creek runoff moved by storms.A very quiet day. It felt like nobody else was here. Eventually I saw in the distance what appeared to...


November 23, 2007 - JCampf
Thanksgiving weekend -- unusual # (82) of people on beach. Sunny & bright.
November 21, 2007 - [email protected]
What a fabulous crisp, sunny, winter day.
September 5, 2007 - [email protected]
Nothing extraordinary. Dead harbor seal, sculpted sands.
June 7, 2007 - [email protected]
Several eagle sightings. Few dead birds. Large driftwood & plywood structure nailed together on beach for more than a month. No action yet taken by Nehalem State Park regarding dangerous...
April 27, 2007 - [email protected]
A great deal of wood on beach at the wrack -- must have been a big storm at high tide sometime earlier.Walking to Jetty miles 298-297 saw about 1000 migrating shorebirds (heading north in groups of...
January 25, 2007 - [email protected]
Dead sea lion at north end of beach. Pretty calm.