Mile 312 Report

August 6, 2007
by [email protected]

Cannon Beach, Tolovana Park south
Monday 12:00 PM
Party cloudy
65° F
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 3
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
The Tolovana Wayside parking lot was approximately 3/4 full with other vehicles parked at access point/street ends. Hotels near my beach are nearly if not completely full most of the time. Most of the people are concentrated close to the Wayside.
Notable Wildlife:
California brown pelicans are more plentiful each year. They are flying closer to the tideline than I remember. Several people are razor clamming when the tide permits. People say they are a lot of them. Most people have permits, however, some people take many more than they should & don't bother to get a license.
Dead Birds:
Western grebes
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
No. However, we have been working with the City of Cannon Beach to handle the huge volume of dog poop deposited on the beach. We're participating in a volunteer bag distribution program using city-donated kiosks for bags that volunteers provide. The only problem is there is no receptacle provided for the full bags. We find lots of plastic bags that contain dog feces on the beach. We attended a meeting with City of CB officials and asked them to provide some kind of container & pick-up service. We know that the City of Manzanita & probably others, do this. We'll see what happens. I know that Cannon Beach, near the center of town asked people to stay out of the water due to a very high bacteria count a few weeks ago (end of September).
On this day, there were a lot of people north of Kenai Street. The day was warm, but not bright sunny. The beach was very clean with a lot of driftwood high on the beach. The trash situation seems better this year, but dog poop remains a very large problem. Throughout the summer, there were a lot of beach fires at night due to the large quantity of driftwood available. People drive onto the beach to cut up and haul away large logs. I had never noticed this before, so I checked & found out people can get permits. There seem to be more people surf fishing and razor clamming this year. The Fourth of July was very quiet on our beach this year because fireworks are no longer permitted. Even though many are not happy about the change in routine, it's better for the beach.
Other Mile 312 Reports (22)


April 15, 2020 - FOHRAP1
A beautiful day on the beach, sunny and partly cloudy with little wind.  Covid -19 social distancing restrictions are still in place.  Activity on mile 313 was very light, looking south there were...
March 24, 2020 - kerrfriends


April 27, 2017 - [email protected]


April 3, 2013 - [email protected]
usual spring break activity


December 19, 2011 - [email protected]
nothing unusual to report
September 12, 2011 - [email protected]
Recent testing of the Tolovana Wayside Chisana Creek outfall water quality by Oregon State showed extremely high readings for enterococci-9804. Anything over 158 is a problem. There are no warning...
May 12, 2011 - [email protected]
sand is high on the bluffs now, city has had to remove sand from outfall areas, sand covers lower stairs or entrancesno concerns
January 23, 2011 - [email protected]
Normal appearing winter beach scene.


September 3, 2010 - [email protected]
Sand has filled in quite a bit. Increase in plastic debris and green algae after recent storm. Beach has had heavy use recently. Many bonfires nightly. Beach is patrolled and cleaned by City public...
June 17, 2010 - [email protected]
Recent high tides have brought in several wracks of plastic debris again, small in size. A lot of marine debris noted. Increase in daily garbage from visitors seen. Examples are kite string and...
  • open fire pits placed about 30 yards west of the Tolovana Inn on the beach for public use. General Manager states these are permitted yearly through Oregon State Parks.
  • vertical logs placed this winter. Now beach grass growing in sand dune west of residence.
March 14, 2010 - [email protected]
This home is a few feet south of the Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach. These large scale driftwood logs have been placed vertically into the sand close to the bluff. This is a new try at keeping the bank...
  • several very large logs appear to have been placed deep in the sand to prevent bluff erosion. Safety comes to mind. No evidence of tractor work, but we are having high seas and surf which reach this bluff
March 3, 2010 - [email protected]
Lots of driftwood, large and small from recent high surf activity. More rocks exposed at the southern end of my mile and beyond. Several bluffs and sea walls appear at risk from high surf and erosion...


December 11, 2009 - [email protected]
Some sand erosion noted. Most barnacles and mussels have been eroded off exposed rocks that were visible today. No sea stars noted.
October 24, 2009 - [email protected]
Observed for dead or distressed birds...none were seen. Light foam in surf and at tide line sitting on sand.
September 10, 2009 - [email protected]
Very busy summer with thousands of tourists on the beach. Dog poop bags continue to be a problem. Dogs harassing birds resulting in injury has happened, especially with murres and young gulls. Less...
May 8, 2009 - [email protected]
Windy, sunny afternoon with fewer than expected visitors. Beach cleaner than previous reports probably due to recent storms.
March 6, 2009 - [email protected]
Wonderful sunny winter day with very low tide today at the time of my walk. Sand has returned in most places on my mile. Area is pretty large pieces of debris. Large logs have moved close...


December 4, 2008 - [email protected]
Beach very clean compared to summertime. Many small pieces of colored plastic common in wrack. Dog feces as usual in and out of bags.
  • beachfront home north of Tolovana Inn. Continued erosion of sand. Two rebar sticking out of the sand at each end of the property always catches my eye.
November 10, 2008 - [email protected]
Appears to have increased sand levels as winter approaches. Lots of plastic bags and small plastic pieces of all kinds on beach and in wrack lines. Noted are beach toys that have been left on beach....
  • Large container with unknown liquid, upright at high tide line. Name on container is Caruba. Reported to CB police
September 14, 2008 - [email protected]
This was a perfect fall day. Lots of people were taking advantage of the beautiful weather. The beach was relatively clean with dog poop being the only negative. There was a lot of sand & not...
September 13, 2008 - [email protected]
This beach is a heavily visited area from late spring to fall. Mile 312 has at least 11 access points and many homes in the adjacent area. Debris from human activity is a problem throughout the year...
  • multiple signs and painted rocks


June 21, 2007 - [email protected]
As our walk progressed today, more & more people (100) & dogs (20)arrived. Our mile includes a large beachfront hotel & the Tolovana Wayside State Park. The beach was very clean, except...