Mile 303 Report

November 16, 2021
by DeborahP

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Conditions:
Tuesday 9:15 AM
Cloudy
48° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Two seals in the surf, seagulls on the beach
Dead Birds:
Total:
4
Species/names:
Too decomposed to identify species.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Styrofoam
Plastic bottles, pieces of plastic all picked up and removed.
New Development:
The modifications to the trail to the beach have worked to make it better. Gravel making footing more secure.
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Tree slid down the bank. There is evidence of erosion in multiple locations. We did not notice anything major. The sand is filling in. A buIldup of about two feet in the last couple of months. The river has carved a deep bank on the north side.
Comments:
Summary:

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
    Tree slid down the bank
    Middle of the cove.
    November 16, 2021
Other Mile 303 Reports (11)

2021

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.

2019

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...

2012

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...

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!