Mile 312 Report

June 21, 2007
by [email protected]

Cannon Beach, Tolovana Park south
Thursday 12:00 PM
60° F
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
beach cyclists (3-wheel) 20
Apparent Violations:
Cannon Beach Public Works employee returned live snails to beach
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 7
Activity Comments:
Vehicles not allowed except for lifeguard & emergency/maintainence
Notable Wildlife:
Not many birds - pretty much only a few crows & seagullsBeached kelp & other seaweed not present
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
We found an unusually large tangle of ropes, including a crabpot tag & a couple of floats.
New Development:
New plantings of European beachgrass·New riprap or shoreline protection structures
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
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 for that extra large tangle of rope/floats - wildlife was not plentiful.
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


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...