Mile 311 Report

September 9, 2022
by browneyed

Jockey Cap, Silver Pt, S Cannon Beach, Tolovana Beach
Friday 7:30 AM
Tide Level:
-0.3 ft
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biking (2)
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What a beautiful morning at mile 311! Our biggest new observation was the amount of open, empty mussels. It was like the seagulls had just finished a huge buffet party everywhere on the beach. I have also never seen mussels hanging by their beards the way they were. They acted like windchimes in the breeze. There also seemed to be a lot more empty gooseneck barnacle clusters. Something seasonal? Something unhealthy? We don't know, but we did meet a youtuber who goes by "asthecrowwalks" who mentioned that he had been to mile 311 a couple days before and felt that the color of the sealife looked different than the last time he was there - maybe a little more brown than green...We hope it's just a natural shift. The birds (primarily gulls, and lots of young ones) seemed happy.

As always we had a great time on the beach, picked up a few pieces of trash (not enough to fill a bag, it's a quite clean mile) and took lots pf pictures.

  • Sea Star
    Sea Star Clinging to a rock
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  • Mound of Mussels
    Open and cleaned out mound of mussels in silver point.
    Silver Point
    September 9, 2022
  • Young Mussels
    So many tiny mussels!
    Mile 311
    September 9, 2022
  • Anemone
    Shell covered anemone
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    September 9, 2022
  • Mussels on the shoreline
    Mussel mania on the shoreline
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    September 9, 2022
  • Here's what at -0.33 looks like at the crack. Might have to wait til the next lunar eclipse to be able to walk through without getting your feet wet.
    September 9, 2022
  • It might look like a friendly embrace, but this mussel is not have any fun.
    September 9, 2022
  • Mussels
    I've never seen this many open and empty mussel shells. What's going on? Piles and piles of empty mussel clusters all over the beach.
    September 9, 2022
  • Sand Dollar
    Always a treat to find an intact dollar.
    September 9, 2022
  • Jellyfish
    Found some jelly just south of Jockey Cap....shoulda brought some peanut butter!
    September 9, 2022
  • Tiny Crab
    Tiny Crab
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  • Goosenecks
    September 9, 2022
  • Empty Goosenecks
    Where did they go? Lot's of empty barnacle houses clustered on the rocks.
    September 9, 2022
  • Blue Skies
    Cloudless and beautiful morn on Mile 311!
    September 10, 2022
Other Mile 311 Reports (25)


August 14, 2022 - sultanym
Today, we observed a total of 896 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 10 team members participate for 1.4 hours...
July 31, 2022 - sultanym
Today, we observed a total of 1388 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 10 team members participate for 1.5 hours...
July 17, 2022 - sultanym
Today, we observed a whopping total of 1,059 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 8 team members participate for 1....
June 18, 2022 - sultanym
Today, we observed 464 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 8 team members participate for 1.5 hours for a total...
June 4, 2022 - sultanym
A morning walk on mile 311 from Tolovanna Wayside to Silver Point/Jockey Cap revealed a high relative abundance of ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in rocky tidepools during the outgoing tide....
March 28, 2022 - sultanym
 At 9:16am, on 3/28/2022, I was birdwatching at Silver Point, Clatsop County when I was excited to observe a light-colored, white faced, large bodied sea otter swimming north around the left most sea...


September 7, 2021 - browneyed
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...
  • Possible Chinook, definitely dead.
  • Kelp!
  • Purple Sea Star
  • Armored Chiton
  • Find the Dungeness crabs waiting out the tide.
  • Sea Stars and Anemones living in harmony
  • Goose-Neck barnacles in the nude.
  • Dancing with the Sea Stars
  • Silver Point at low tide
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.