Mile 303 Report

August 14, 2022
by jessejones

Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Sunday 8:30 AM
61° F
Tide Level:
-1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Additional people not counted walking to and from the beach on the main trail from the main parking lot (with bathroom)
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Countless brown pelicans flying south
Dead Birds:
Dead sea lion near high tide line, north of the Short Sand Creek
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
New Development:
Natural Changes:

This morning CoastWatch hosted an educational walk with Stewart Schultz - 18 people were a part of the walk, but others joined as the session went on (for about 3 hours). Low tide morning, super weather. We started at the north end tide pools to view the sea star survey site, but those boulders were pretty engulfed in sand, so we moved to the south end tide pools. We were able to enter into the cave and observe a lot of intertidal rocky habitat life - dorids, sea stars, sponge and more. Notable to Schultz especially were the amount of razor clams beneath the surface of the sand, which he says is more than he has ever seen. 

  • South end cave
    August 14, 2022
  • Two chitons
    South end near cave
    August 14, 2022
  • Leather chiton, ulva, giant green sea anemone
    South end of beach
    August 14, 2022
  • Nudibranch egg coil
    South end of beach near cave
    August 14, 2022
  • Group with Stewart Schultz
    South end of beach
    August 14, 2022
  • Beach sea lion
    North side of Short Sand Creek at high tide line (wrack line)
    August 14, 2022
Other Mile 303 Reports (14)


December 5, 2022 - jessejones
A steel platform washed up on Oswald West about a month ago. Volunteers are picking up the foam pieces that have broken away from the structure and state parks' staff is working on a plan for removal...
January 23, 2022 - shattuckf
It was a beautiful and sunny day out on Short Sand Beach and in Oswald SP. There was not much of a breeze on the beach and it was warm for a January day on the Oregon coast. Beach was fairly packed...


November 16, 2021 - DeborahP
We observed typical post rain/storm erosion and debris. The wrack line was surprisingly clean of trash. The concrete dock is becoming buried under sand.
  • Tree slid down the bank
August 23, 2021 - angela whitlock
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
July 22, 2021 - shattuckf
  • Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
  • Gull in the sand
  • Eroding bluff
  • Up close shot of the bluff erosion
  • A 5-6 feet long burial mound of sand and rocks, with a cairn tombstone at the southern end of the mound on Short Sand Beach.
  • Trees in the process of falling over due to bluff erosion.


August 19, 2019 - jessejones
Sunny, warm day at Shorties with a mild crowd of families and surfers. Most notable as always is marine debris including microplastics in the sand and in the wrackline.  Large log covered with...


March 4, 2012 - LisaL
A plastic wrapper with Japanese writing was in the drift line. The south cliff looks look there has been some erosion over winter. Fallen trees were present along the side of the cliff. Morphology of...


December 4, 2011 - LisaL
Large number of people; signficant marine debris.
December 1, 2011 - LisaL
Observed nothing but ordinary recreational activities.
October 23, 2011 - LisaL
It was a fairly typical day at Oswald. Overcast, people surfing, and people with their dogs. The afternoon was busy with tourists, but as it got later in the day, there were mostly surfers left at...
June 5, 2011 - LisaL
It was warm and calm. It was very cloudy with a little fog. The air was still. Several tiny fish, about an inch long were in the water in the swash zone. The beach looked clean, I did not see the...
April 8, 2011 - LisaL
Deceased young 40-45lbs harbor seal on beach near high tide line at south end.
March 19, 2011 - LisaL
Trail up to Devils Cauldron was in good condition, but muddy. Suspension bridge showed some sign of wear and graffiti was present at the bridge. Several plastic water bottles were on the rocks off...


October 9, 2009 - beachmike
I didn't see any signs of man-made or major natural changes to this section of the coast. Despite the fact that this is such a heavily used beach, I didn't find any garbage. The people seemed...
  • Lots of feathers!