Mile 312 Report

June 17, 2010
by [email protected]

Cannon Beach, Tolovana Park south
Thursday 7:00 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 15
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Many gulls at tide line
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
firepits in 50 ft in front of Tolovana Inn
Natural Changes:
I spoke to Jim MacDonald, General Manager of the Tolovana Inn. He states that he has permits for the firepits in the summer season. There are about 12, heavy steel, about 50 feet from the rip rap in front of the hotel. Some were in use tonight. He states that the Hotel staff clean them and maintain them. They are usually removed after the high tourist season. I have noticed them for the last several years. There is a volunteer group that will participate in the "Adopt a Park" program at Tolovana Wayside. Their job will be to do some plantings in the park, monitor it for any problems, assist adjacent businesses with concerns and work with the Nehalem Park Rangers.
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 holders, clothes, sand toys, food wrappers, dog poop bags, and bottles and cans at fire sites. This is seen in the high traffic areas by the Tolovana Wayside beach entrance. Sand levels seem to be neutral, having changed often with the storms. The area of previous concern with vertical logs is still being observed. The logs are falling down, new grass seems to be spreading into the dune area, but does not appear to be planted. It looks as if it is spreading from adjacent dunes. Recent water quality warning at outfall pipe. Now removed.
  • 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.
    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.
    just south of Tolovana Inn and Tolovana Wayside
    June 17, 2010
  • vertical logs placed this winter. Now beach grass growing in sand dune west of residence.
    vertical logs placed this winter. Now beach grass growing in sand dune west of residence.
    South of Tolovana Wayside
    June 17, 2010
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...
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


August 6, 2007 - [email protected]
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...
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...