Mile 303 Report

March 4, 2012
by LisaL

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Conditions:
Sunday 3:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
People:
41
Dogs:
7
Activities:
Walking / Running:
20
Sitting:
16
Surfing:
5
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
11
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Small rocks
plastic wrapper with Japanese writing
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
Summary:
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 the sand bars and cliff has changed. There were more pebbles than usual in the low tide line and there seems to be more rocks on the south end of the beach, or they have been distributed over a wider area near the mouth of the creek. The plants are starting to bud for spring. There were some recently fallen trees along the trail. Several hikers and backpackers were out today. New signage for Oregon Coast Trail.
  • high tide line towards north end of the beach
    March 4, 2012
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Other Mile 303 Reports (7)

2011

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...

2009

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!