Mile 301 Report

September 20, 2021
by kbrookscopony

Neahkahnie Beach north, Oswald West SP
Monday 5:30 PM
67° F
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
remnants of jellies - I believe a few Aequorea victoria (water jelly) and many dozens, possibly hundreds, of dime-sized Sea Gooseberry (comb jelly) on the sand
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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 stump and taking coordinates since 12/31/2020; it has moved 300 meters southeast in 2021, about 7 meters since 8/7/21. Driftline content: eel grass, small rocks, a few broken sand dollars, and remnants of jellies - I believe a few Aequorea victoria (water jelly) and many, perhaps hundreds, of dime-sized Sea Gooseberry (comb jelly) on the sand. Some boulders nearest the surf have a light coverage of barnacles and seaweed. Five gulls rested on boulders around the halfway mark. Six pelicans observed flying south around Neahkahnie. One disarticulated Dungeness crab being eaten by a seagull on the shore, and about a dozen other gulls hanging out on the sand along the southern quarter-mile. Minimal signs of trash including one plastic bottle cap and a plastic trash bag. In the hour I was observing mile 301, 17 people and 6 dogs (5 off-leash) were viewed walking in the area. 

  • Boulders and driftwood, Neahkahnie
    Boulders and driftwood, Neahkahnie
    September 20, 2021
  • Large stump that has moved south 300 meters since 12/31/2020
    Large stump that has moved south 300 meters since 12/31/2020
    45°43'55.2"N 123°56'42.0"W
    September 20, 2021
  • Beachcombers and tidepools, Neahkahnie
    Beachcombers and tidepools, Neahkahnie
    September 20, 2021
Other Mile 301 Reports (39)


January 24, 2022 - kbrookscopony
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...
  • Creek runoff, Neahkahnie Beach
  • Large stump on Neahkahnie Beach looking north.
  • Large stump on Neahkahnie Beach


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.