Mile 311 Report

September 7, 2021
by browneyed

Jockey Cap, Silver Pt, S Cannon Beach, Tolovana Beach
Tuesday 8:45 AM
65° F
Tide Level:
-1.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
1 biker
Activity Comments:
Typical early-morning, low-tide behavior. Die hard beachcombers and tidepoolers excited to view more of the freshly revealed inter-tidal landscape. A few folks were out for exercise, they probably didn't know it was -1.2.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Not an unusual fish, possibly a Chinook, found dead on the beach just north of Silver Point. See pic
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Nothing has developed or changed since our last visit earlier this year. What is riprap?
Natural Changes:

Specifically came out for the new moon low-tide action, and Silver Point delivered. The cave/tunnel was almost fully exposed. Armored Chitons, hidden Dungeness crabs, and a pretty health Sea Star community. Seagulls make up most of the bird population, and they were stoked about all the tidal treats as well. It was a lovely morning. Happy to share the sights with the sparse amount of human visitors. There were no suprising developments on the coastline in terms of man-made or natural changes. It was as beautiful as ever. Mile 311 rules!!!

  • Possible Chinook, definitely dead.
    Possible Chinook, definitely dead.
    just north of Silver Point.
    September 7, 2021
  • Kelp!
    Kelp! I need somebody!
    just north of Silver Point
    September 7, 2021
  • Purple Sea Star
    Super bright purple on this Sea Star. How does age affect their color? Is this a wee babe?
    Silver Point
    September 7, 2021
  • Armored Chiton
    Armored Chiton
    Silver Point low tide
    September 7, 2021
  • Find the Dungeness crabs waiting out the tide.
    Find the Dungeness crabs waiting out the tide.
    Silver Point low tide
    September 7, 2021
  • Sea Stars and Anemones living in harmony
    Sea Stars and Anemones living in harmony.
    Silver Point low tide
    September 7, 2021
  • Goose-Neck barnacles in the nude.
    Goose-Neck barnacles in the nude.
    Silver Point low tide
    September 7, 2021
  • Dancing with the Sea Stars
    Dancing with the Sea Stars
    Silver Point low tide
    September 7, 2021
  • Silver Point at low tide
    Silver Point at low tide
    Silver Point
    September 7, 2021
Other Mile 311 Reports (18)


May 22, 2021 - browneyed
Definitely a beach to visit for low tide! We walked up and down our mile and fell in love. So many cool tide pools, tons of awesome rocks, great collection of driftwood.*Bonus scavenger hunt item:...
  • Cellophane worm casings
  • Dungeness crab and ochre sea star
  • Striations
  • Metal
  • Blue mussels with barnacles and marine snail
  • Anemone and sea stars
  • Anemone and sea stars
  • Silver Point cave
  • Ochre sea star
  • Cellophane worm casings
February 9, 2021 - jessejones
Beautiful low tide left a very wide and clean beach on a bright and cold afternoon. Not a lot of wildlife observed unfortunately. I saw one sea star with obvious wasting disease and will report it to...


November 1, 2018 - Ostj
The beach was quiet. A low tide showing very smooth sand. 
July 18, 2018 - Ostj
I walked at low tide and this was a very low tide. The beach was quite large. Not much activity except for close to Tolovana and the tidepools. I took many photos to upload. There were two artlike...


July 19, 2015 - historylover1
Beach lightly used even on a busy day on other adjacent beach. There was almost no garbage, almost no dead animals or seaweed. Overall a healthy beach.
May 10, 2015 - historylover1
The beach had a light amount of debris and a large number of dead Purple Sails or velella velella on the beach. Healthy, lightly used beach!
January 25, 2015 - historylover1
Healthy and clean beach. Almost no man-made trash. No inappropriate use.


November 11, 2013 - historylover1
Healthy and clean beach.
March 28, 2013 - historylover1
The beach was relatively clean with no problems.


July 31, 2012 - historylover1
This beach is healthy and was almost completely trash-free. There are no present concerns about this lightly-used mile of the Oregon coast.
June 27, 2012 - historylover1
Beach looks relatively clear of litter and healthy at this time.
March 24, 2012 - historylover1
Quiet and generally clean. Main concern is an exposed tank that appears to be dripping oil in the dunes adjacent to the beach. From an old homesite.


June 18, 2009 - Anemone
There were around 55 people on mile 311. Seventeen of them were cycling. People had come to Tolovana Park Beach in unusually high numbers because of the warm weather, but the beach between Tolovana...


October 28, 2008 - tolovana 1


December 20, 2007 - TomandGretel
It was nice to have the beach practically to ourselves. The one dog we encountered was under perfect voice control.There was much less debris than we expected after the Big Storm.We will keep an eye...
September 19, 2007 - TomandGretel
all in all a pleasant day. Lots of sand washed up and built up all over. Very clean beach, as this was just several days after the SOLV cleanup. Wish it remained that way. Evidence of beachfires in...
  • natural vegetation has been mowed down, some of it has been 'shaped', and a hedge planted.
  • last year's attempt on placing rip rap looking even worse this year
July 5, 2007 - TomandGretel
actually, quite an improvement over previous 'day after the 4th.' the fireworks ban seems to be working, and the violations are more sporadic every year. Still lots of fireworks debris.
March 8, 2007 - TomandGretel
Will need to take a photo of a riprap structure gone bad. Ocean washed out sand placed between riprap, and some kind of netting to hold plants.Very ugly to look at. Will get address and photos.