Mile 306 Report

April 6, 2017
by Frankie

Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
Thursday 12:00 AM
50° F
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
8.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Nobody on the beach. Surf too rough, with waves pounding the rocks. We observed from the bluffs.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff

Continuing bluff erosion, some from waves undercutting, but mostly from subsurface water runoff.

  • seep pipes and fallen snag
    central access at Cove Beach
    April 6, 2017
  • Front yard gone.
    Near central beach access point. Mile 306
    April 6, 2017
  • Cliff erosion.
    100 yards. south of central beach access point. Mile 306
    April 6, 2017
Other Mile 306 Reports (31)


September 30, 2022 - Fire Mountain School
Today was our first CoastWatch beach survey. We found seven skate egg cases on the beach, all dead. Lots and lots of small silver fish; they all had tiny holes in their body. There were two dead...
July 2, 2022 - jkcornelius
  • Beached dead grey whale
June 29, 2022 - jkcornelius
An eagle was obtaining breakfast from Gull Rock. As he approached the rock from above there was a terrible outcry from all the birds as they left the rock. When he landed on the rock it became...


November 8, 2021 - jkcornelius
These observations were made over the last 3 months walking the beach at different times of day but not keeping a record which I will try to start.
  • Salmon Shark


August 8, 2019 - Frankie
Numerous violations observed, including campfire in unsafe location and harvesting tidepool organisms in the marine reserve.  There has been an uptick in problematic activity on the mile due to more...
July 13, 2019 - Frankie
36 people and 11 dogs on mile 306 at low tide. 7 surfers, a higher number than usual. Adult bald eagle. Continuing bluff erosion.


May 10, 2018 - Frankie
New slides on cliff. These are most likely caused by groundwater movement, not wave action.
  • slides
April 3, 2018 - Frankie
Wave erosion down to sandstone bedrock.
  • sandstone bedrock
January 23, 2018 - Frankie
At 1:30am, our NOAA radio announced a tsunami watch for the Oregon coast, predicting a possible tsunami at 5:10am in our area. We immediately started packing up necessities for an extended stay away...


December 31, 2017 - Frankie
The afternoon low tide -- and mild weather -- on New Year's Eve brought out 40 people (and 3 dogs) on to Cove Beach, mile 306. They were walking, taking photos, crabbing, playing on the sand, and...
September 20, 2017 - Frankie
  • beacon close-up
July 24, 2017 - Frankie
Everything OK. No new erosion.
May 20, 2017 - Frankie
January 2, 2017 - Frankie
No one on the beach due to heavy surf. No notable wildlife sightings. Biggest issue is cliff erosion from both wave action and sub-surface water runoff.


September 17, 2016 - Frankie
Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it...
September 17, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it...
July 21, 2016 - Frankie
Exciting news from Mile 306! An overturned boat encrusted with pelagic barnacles came ashore. A Falcon Cove Beach resident photographed its arrival. Since it showed up, scientists and state park...
April 11, 2016 - Frankie
Mile 306's main public access washed away w/in the last month. Beach sand retreat has been enormous this winter. (Sand is visible at low tide on Mile 307.) Underlying sandstone is exposed in several...
  • cliff collapse, the lower half of the access stairs washed away. the cliff hasn't stabilized.
  • As the cliff faces are being scoured, buried trees are showing up. Note stratification: tree in unconsolidated soil, silt, sand; gray clay; sandstone.
  • basalt & sandstone
January 3, 2016 - Frankie
A beautiful way to start 2016: having a two-mile long all to ourselves on a mild winter day. Sand and rocks scoured clean from recent storms. Driftline high up on rocks filled with logs and bull kelp...
  • dumped debris, Tillamook County, Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
  • looking north on mile 306


December 2, 2015 - Volunteer Trainer
Orcas feeding off the beach 2 for sure, at least 1 and maybe 2 more, orcas were chasing sea lions just beyond the breakers. Sea lions were porpoising, surfing, and scattering like crazy. Saw the...
November 9, 2015 - Frankie
Visitors in the neighborhood reported a bird entangled in fishing line with a big hook embedded in its shoulder. They managed to remove most of the line but couldn't remove the hook. Brave souls for...
  • cormorant bird with fishing hook in shoulder, Oregon coast
November 2, 2015 - Frankie
Just in time for Halloween: red and pink weird-slightly-creepy-looking finger-sized worms. All over the drift line. Alive. Thanks to Fawn Custer for identifying them as PEANUT WORMS. Can't decide if...
  • peanut worms, Tillamook County, Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
  • peanut worms on beach
September 17, 2015 - Frankie
Surf rough, tide going out. Sub-adult gulls feeding in the receding waves, "kneading" the wet sand with their feet to bring up mole crabs. Pelicans beginning to gather; 25 on the rocks on mile 307; 3...
August 31, 2015 - Frankie
After the storm, the beach was scoured clean. All the changes listed in the August 29 dispatch had disappeared.The sand on the beach was smooth. No washed up logs. Very little detritus.
July 4, 2015 - Frankie
On 4th of July, Falcon Beach was crowded with 40 people and 18 dogs -- at least by our standards. Most people were visitors. The access point nearest my house had 9 vehicles, leaving little room for...
April 19, 2015 - Frankie
13 razor clammers.
April 18, 2015 - Frankie
Clam tide, though surf was rough so few clams were gotten.
April 14, 2015 - Frankie
Observed an adult, breeding plumage Brown Pelican standing on the rocks early this AM. After several hrs, called Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Joshua & Bradley arrived from Astoria early PM...
April 12, 2015 - Frankie
Apparent tsumani debris
  • Living organisms - barnacles
April 11, 2015 - Frankie
Velella velella all over


July 6, 2012 - torythompson
Picked up styrofoam, yellow foam, japanese food foil wrapper and an aerosol can with japanese writing.