Mile 309 Report

June 26, 2021
by spinger

Austin Point, Hug Point SP, Arcadia Beach south
Saturday 8:30 AM
58° F
Tide Level:
-1.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
mono-skateboarding on the beach, dog class session, folks getting ready for a great day at the beach with temps to get into the 80s
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
pioneer sea stars on several offshore rocks
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
small moon jellies
New Development:
Natural Changes:
able to pass Hug Point on exposed beach by >50 yards

Folks and dogs getting ready for a great day at the beach

  • looking south from Hug Point
    looking south from Hug Point at year's lowest tide level
    45°49'52.2"N 123°57'46.3"W
    June 26, 2021
  • morning class
    morning class for dog friends before swim
    45°49'56.6"N 123°57'48.9"W
    June 26, 2021
Other Mile 309 Reports (66)


October 1, 2022 - spinger
Beautiful unusually warm day with strong offshore breeze. Unusual number of clusters of 6"+ mussels in wrackline, some moon jellies, eel grass. 
  • 2.3' tide at Hug Point
July 15, 2022 - spinger
Cool overcast morning of -2.1' low tide during full moon, beach empty except for Hug Point area. Abundant worm casings. 
  • -1.6' tide at Hug Point


April 28, 2021 - spinger
calm spring morning with significant low tide, several folks with dogs, sparse driftline
  • looking south from Hug Point
  • pioneer sea stars


December 16, 2020 - cadonofrio
Some beach was visible at the south end of the mile; no beach was visible at the north end.  No people, no birds; stormy sea.
September 30, 2020 - spinger
peaceful early fall evening
  • Hug Point looking south
July 6, 2020 - spinger
high sand level, able to clear Hug Point on foot by 50 yards at ~-1.0 tide, beach relatively flat, sporatic diftline content
  • looking south from Hug Point
March 18, 2020 - cadonofrio
More people than we expected to see in these days of social distancing; nice to see families sharing the time with their children.  Large amount of small rocks in the drift line at the south end of...


September 28, 2019 - spinger
September 20, 2019 - cadonofrio
Quite a few birds; most observed in the past few reports; lots of small wood at driftline; larger logs washed ashore.
  • Mile 309
July 27, 2019 - spinger
June 27, 2019 - cadonofrio
No one on the beach yet; of note:  extremely clean driftline (cleanest seen all year); no birds.
March 26, 2019 - spinger
Surprise sunny March day, Tuesday of spring break week, many beach lovers enjoying the beach. Deposition level of beach sand generally low, making low tide seem higher at Austin Point, Point...
  • Hug Point looking south
March 21, 2019 - cadonofrio
Of note:  unusual amount of small rocks; no birds.


December 31, 2018 - spinger
beautiful Old Year's Day at the beach, lots of people, lots of dogs enjoying themselves!
December 19, 2018 - cadonofrio
Virtually no beach; rough surf; no birds.
September 29, 2018 - spinger
Beach sand deposition is extremely flat, causing increased distance of tide line variation
June 30, 2018 - spinger
beginning of holiday week, lots of morning beachgoers, -0.6 tide, many Moon Jellies in driftline
June 21, 2018 - cadonofrio
Notable large rocks and a log at the driftline (Southern part of mile); clean drfitline at the North end; very few shorebirds.
May 2, 2018 - spinger
Sand deposition low, exposed basalt in sand at Austin Point west of bluff, Vellela Vellela drift from late March still present, Mole Crab casings lower in rackline
  • Spring low low tide.
March 22, 2018 - cadonofrio
Quite a few people walking on the beach, despite the cold, windy conditions.  Waves were "angry" - churning sand as they came in; looks like a storm is coming in.


December 20, 2017 - cadonofrio
Beautiful winter day; few shore birds and notable "sea foam" at the south end of the mile.
July 25, 2017 - spinger
sand deposition appears lower than 2016 summer level;abundent mole crab casings;haven't seen pyrosomes on this beach before;no Ochre Sea Stars on Mile 309, but a few on Jockey Cap on Mile 310;...
  • Fall Creek, Hug Point
  • Driftwood installation
June 22, 2017 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; suprisingly few people; very clean shoreline.
May 10, 2017 - spinger
Oystercatchers, golden plovers north of Hug Point. Ochre Stars that were reappearing last summer are gone.


December 21, 2016 - cadonofrio
Cold and sunny day; more visitors than usual at this time of year; lots of rocks and some logs in the drift line at the south end of our mile.
November 25, 2016 - spinger
Unusual amount of plastic debris, photo below is items found in first 100' north form Sally's Alley:
September 29, 2016 - spinger
Beautiful late September evening low tide.-  Ochre Stars are gone again;-  less varied kelp in drift;-  abundant Mole Crab molt;-  very low water volume at Fall Creek waterfall;-  very flat sand...
September 21, 2016 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; extremely clean driftline; only a few birds; many visitors.
June 7, 2016 - spinger
continuing concentration of moon jellies in drift line, very modest recovery of ochre stars, lone standing spruce aboveHug Point is gone.
March 18, 2016 - cadonofrio
Unusual number of rocks in the driftline and above the drift line; larger number of shorebirds as well. Increase in visitors due to Spring Break.


September 23, 2015 - cadonofrio
Notably cooler; shorebirds in the drift line. Of note (not on our mile; but near our home), we observed several whales spouting just beyond the breakers, due west of Sally's Alley. This is the same...
June 23, 2015 - cadonofrio
Quite a few visitors all along our mile on a beautiful day; some shorebirds along the drift line.
March 26, 2015 - cadonofrio
Sun + Minus Tide + Spring Break = Lots of visitors!


December 22, 2014 - cadonofrio
Rough surf; larger rocks on beach; rocks pushed up exposing more sand; no shorebirds. Unable to walk much on the beach due to high tide.
September 22, 2014 - cadonofrio
Driftline remains clean; some shorebirds
June 19, 2014 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; once again, unusually clean drift line; very few seagulls/shore birds
March 21, 2014 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; lots of activity; more rocks in drift line (at southern end of mile) than recently observed.


December 23, 2013 - cadonofrio
Blustery day; shoreline "storm-blown" (clean); virtually no activity, man or animal.
September 18, 2013 - cadonofrio
Exceptionally clean drift line; large (50-60) group of seagulls at Asbury Creek
June 22, 2013 - cadonofrio
Usual - nothing notable to report.
March 22, 2013 - cadonofrio
Very clean driftline with a few sea gulls; beginning of Portland Spring Break - more than the usual amount visitors on a Friday afternoon.


December 26, 2012 - cadonofrio
More rocks in the driftline/sand than at the time of our last report; large portion of a dock on the rocks midway point of our mile.
  • Portion of dock found on rocks midway point of Mile 309; two attached lumber tags indicate US Company.
  • Lumber company label attached to dock
September 21, 2012 - cadonofrio
seem to be more people visiting as a result of the extended nice weather; shoreline continues to be clean
June 20, 2012 - cadonofrio
Very clean driftline and noticeable absence of shore birds; starfish on rocks. Beautiful day - warm with little wind; minus tide.
March 22, 2012 - cadonofrio
No changes; things look stable from last report; nothing notable.


September 22, 2011 - cadonofrio
Overcast, windy & warm; fewer rocks; easier to get down on the beach.
June 22, 2011 - cadonofrio
Quiet; few seagulls; no notable changes since last report.
March 23, 2011 - cadonofrio
There appears to be a notable increase in the amount of small rocks and coarse sand pushed up onto the beach; as well as an erosion change in the three rocks in the water near the cave at Hug Point.


December 27, 2010 - cadonofrio
Quiet, a rainy, cold morning; very little activity of any kind. No disturbances; a few gulls resting on the rocks.
September 22, 2010 - cadonofrio
beatiful day, calm condtions, still difficult to get on the beach at the southern end of our mile due to rock build-up - about the same amount as in june.
June 23, 2010 - cadonofrio
Still more rocks than sand, usual number of seagulls, notable small rocks in the driftline.
March 21, 2010 - cadonofrio
Noticeable increase in amount of rocks at driftline.


December 25, 2009 - cadonofrio
Beautful, mild and clear Christmas day accounts for the unusually large number of people on the beach. Driftline very clean; saw no birds.
October 24, 2009 - [email protected]
On October 24 I walked my mile and then some, from the Creek at the Southerly end of Arch Cape community all the way to the northerly end of Arch Cape State Park, missing only the inaccessible area...
October 24, 2009 - cadonofrio
Observed a bird (white head w/ dark body) floundering in the surf. It was struggling to get to the sand and was unable to walk. It was in obvious distress.A flock of 20-30 seagulls appeared fine.
September 22, 2009 - cadonofrio
Warm day at the coast, with visitors playing in sand and surf.
July 9, 2009 - spinger
People and dogs enjoying -.8' low tide, concerns as noted above.Sand deposition more normal for summer than previous year. Little driftwood at southern .5 mile. Bluff above beach appears stable and...
  • salmon trapped in pool at Hug Point, image caught unknowingly to me
  • morning beach activities at low tide
June 21, 2009 - cadonofrio
more people than usual (Father's Day); no notable wild life; usual driftline content; no man-made changes to the shoreline; no notable natural landscape changes
March 22, 2009 - cadonofrio
Nothing notable, except unusual to see people surf fishing near Hug Point.


December 21, 2008 - cadonofrio
no activity - report done on day that hwy 26 to the coast was closed; ice and snow in our area for the past week.
September 23, 2008 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; clean shoreline.
July 15, 2008 - spinger
Beach sand still offshore in these littorals, but moving in. Sand level appears 4' - 10' below typical mid-July height, extensive round rock at top of beach. Shorebird population appears normal....
June 25, 2008 - cadonofrio
cleaner shoreline (no kelp, driftwood); access somewhat difficult due to higher "wall" of beach rock. Fallen tree noted in last report(s)appears to be in same position
March 19, 2008 - cadonofrio
An extremely large amount of rocks and driftwood on the beach - the wood pieces are large. Rocks and wood extend to the water line in many spots.


September 18, 2007 - cadonofrio
The tree mentioned in the last report appears to be dead and hasn't fallen any farther down the hill; there are "new" trees that have begun to fall since our last report.
June 27, 2007 - cadonofrio
Will monitor tree falling.