Mile 301 Report

January 24, 2022
by kbrookscopony

Neahkahnie Beach north, Oswald West SP
Monday 4:15 PM
51° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
One large seagull on the sand
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
New creek running into the ocean about 100 meters north of beach sign #21 .

It was a gorgeous day at Mile 301 on January 24, 2022. The sun was shining, no clouds, and very few people on the beach at 4-5pm that afternoon. Debris on the shore was minimal and consisted of wood and seaweed. Though motor vehicle travel is prohibited along Neahkahnie and Manzanita beaches, I observed car/truck tire tracks in the sand around beach sign #21, but no vehicle on the beach. There was copious water runoff from inland, with one "creek" I'd never seen in that location before running into the sea. A large stump that we have been tracking since 12/31/2020 had moved 400 meters south and now rests on the sand at beach sign #21, which is the southern border of mile 301. A clever person had crafted a natural wooden sign reading "you're cute" and nailed it to the stump.

  • Creek runoff, Neahkahnie Beach
    Creek runoff, Neahkahnie Beach
    100 meters north of beach sign 21, Neahkahnie Beach
    January 24, 2022
  • Large stump on Neahkahnie Beach looking north.
    Large stump on Neahkahnie Beach has moved south about 400 meters since September and now bears a wooden sign that reads "you're cute".
    West of beach sign 21, Neahkahnie Beach
    January 24, 2022
  • Large stump on Neahkahnie Beach
    Large stump on Neahkahnie Beach looking west. We've been tracking this stump's coordinates since 12/31/2021; it has moved a total of 700 meters in a year.
    West of beach sign 21, Neahkahnie Beach
    January 24, 2022
Other Mile 301 Reports (39)


September 20, 2021 - kbrookscopony
Sunny, warm day at mile 301 on Monday. Relatively little debris on the sand, with some driftwood high up on the boulders. One enormous stump is still up on high-tide line. We have been observing this...
  • Boulders and driftwood, Neahkahnie
  • Large stump that has moved south 300 meters since 12/31/2020
  • Beachcombers and tidepools, Neahkahnie


December 1, 2017 - beachmike
Expected seasonal detritus and velella.  Otherwise, beach very clean.


December 16, 2016 - beachmike
Modest quantities of washed-ashore kelp.
June 13, 2016 - [email protected]
Velella velella debris the only thing of note.
March 4, 2016 - [email protected]
March Report


December 2, 2015 - [email protected]
Considerable small woody pieces at driftline, resulting from recent storm surges.
September 9, 2015 - [email protected]
Revegetation of burned area from 2014 cliffside fire substantially complete.
June 1, 2015 - [email protected]
24 piles of driftwood on upper beach (rocks), waiting for favorable burning weather to remove fire hazard.
March 3, 2015 - [email protected]
About a dozen tepees of heavier driftwood piled up in preparation for controlled burning of same, as preventative for driftwood fires. One last summer damaged three bluffside homes.


December 14, 2014 - [email protected]
Regrowth of vegetation designed to stabilize fire-damaged bluff proceeding well.
October 11, 2014 - beachmike
Sneaker Waves seen on the beach this morning. National Weather Service warns that more may possible on Sunday. Everyone appears to be minding them though. Overall, the beach is really clean right...
September 10, 2014 - [email protected]
Cliffside site of driftwood fire being rehabilitated with horizontal shoring and planting.
September 7, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
these photographs from J. Joneshave been finding massive number of sand dollars on the north end of neahkahnie beach for weeks this summer 2014
  • This event happened throughout the summer
June 10, 2014 - [email protected]
Hardly any visible plastic/foam detritus. I note the starfish because a die-off seems to have reached Oregon (California and Washington preceded ours).
May 31, 2014 - beachmike
A visitor to the site submitted the following information:There has been an unusually high number of sand dollar shells on the beach recently. We have never seen this before.
March 6, 2014 - [email protected]
Customary post-storm flotsam; half-mile-long line of (quite picturesque) 3-high spruce.


December 11, 2013 - Volunteer Trainer
This report was submitted by a concerned citizen.On the beach of Neahkahnie on Dec 11, 2013 there were about 50 seastars dead on the beach. All in one area and viewed Mon and Wed. Don't know if...
December 2, 2013 - [email protected]
Beach in a state of post-storm cleanliness.
September 16, 2013 - [email protected]
Seasonal beach-sand redeposition complete.
June 3, 2013 - [email protected]
Beach is very clean after the recent rains.
March 13, 2013 - [email protected]
Seasonal sand re-deposition


December 10, 2012 - [email protected]
Recent storms have deposited a 2' band of woody debris at driftline. Wave action has removed approximately 1.5' of beach sand.
September 10, 2012 - [email protected]
Miniscule stranded seaweed at driftline. Otherwise, very clean.
June 4, 2012 - [email protected]
June Report
March 12, 2012 - [email protected]
High surf; high winds.


December 5, 2011 - [email protected]
Report for December
September 13, 2011 - [email protected]
Band of small piles of seaweed at high-tide mark.
June 13, 2011 - [email protected]
Very quiet this rainy afternoon.
March 14, 2011 - [email protected]
One beer bottle discarded; disposed of.


December 10, 2010 - [email protected]
Minimal anthropogenic detritus. Some dog waste.
September 7, 2010 - [email protected]
Wave action has produced seasonal shallow tidepools parallel to surf-line. Brown pelicans feeding beyond surf-line.
June 14, 2010 - [email protected]
Almost no anthropogenic beach litter
March 9, 2010 - [email protected]
Very quiet and clean. Several hundred western gulls resting near driftline.


December 9, 2009 - [email protected]
Seasonal erosion of foredune by wave action.
September 8, 2009 - [email protected]
No dead birds. Moderate (8) human use. Tire tracks observed on beach closed to vehicles.
June 15, 2009 - [email protected]
Very little human/dog litter. 5 people. No dead wildlife; insignificant driftline contents.
March 9, 2009 - [email protected]
2 people, walking. Beach very clean, completely free of human litter.


December 10, 2008 - [email protected]
No people on beach. No significant driftline content.
September 9, 2008 - [email protected]
Three dogs accompanying six walkers. Six fire rings above high tide line; one ring decorated with broken champagne bottle. 20+ brown pelicans fishing 150yd± offshore.