Mile 314 Report

August 22, 2020

Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek, Chapman Beach south
Saturday 10:00 AM
61° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
-0.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
1 - Paddle Boarding in Ecola Creek 11- Kite Flyers 1 - on single wheel motorized skate board 11- on low slung beach bikes 10 - on Regular bikes
Apparent Violations:
None noted
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Truck on the beach is allowed - the Haystack Rock Awareness Program
Notable Wildlife:
Lots of juvenile western gulls in the Ecola Creek and Chapman Point South areas.
Dead Birds:
No bands, both birds were mature Cormorants.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae
New Development:
Steps down bluff
More beach access "trails" in the sand were noted on the bluff dune in the downtown Cannon Beach Area, near the Tsunami Warning horn. Looks like folks coming to the beach have created access paths in the sand.
None Noted
Natural Changes:
None Noted

None Noted


A beautiful walk on the beach during a negative tide revealed lots of visitors on the beach. Haystack Rock tidepooling was quite popular given the -.8 tide. The surprise was how busy Chapman Point was, so many walkers, dogs and folks enjoying the beach.  The human litter on the beach was surprisingly low, but given the wind and rain of the past two days, debris may have gotten buried or blown away. So many dogs, but no dog poop bags were noted.  Also, no masks were seen on the beach, again could be because the wind has been strong over the last couple days and the debris was blown or buried.

  • Haystack Rock
    Haystack Rock, looking south from Chapman Point
    Haystack Rock, looking south from Chapman Point
    August 22, 2020
  • Juvenile Gulls
    Juvenile Gulls on Chapman Point
    Juvenile Gulls on Chapman Point
    August 22, 2020
  • Ecola Creek meets the Ocean
    The mouth of Ecola Creek
    Where Ecola Creek Meets the Ocean (see houses on the hillside to get exact location)
    August 22, 2020
  • Phytoplankton along the beach
    Phytoplankton along the beach
    North of Haystack Rock and Midtown Cannon Beach
    August 22, 2020
  • Chapman Point at Low Tide
    Many Visitors at Chapman Point at Low Tide
    Standing at the mouth of Ecola Creek on Chapman Point, looking North toward Ecola State Park
    August 22, 2020
Other Mile 314 Reports (16)


July 4, 2020 - FOHRAP1
Wow, today was a reminder that people love the beach. It was surprising so many people were in town, given the covid-19 increases. The humans overwhelmed the space, I don't have much comment for this...
May 7, 2020 - FOHRAP1
A beautiful day on the beach, with little human activity on the beach, around Haystack Rock and Ecola Creek.  Limited beach activity is due to Covid-19 social distancing and the fact that Cannon...
  • Quiet Beach
  • Tide Line, Cannon Beach
  • Chapman Point
  • A quiet day on the beach
  • Seagulls hanging out in Ecola Creek
  • Mouth of Ecola Creek
April 16, 2020 - FOHRAP1
A beautiful day on the coast; sunny, partly cloudy.  Survery was done near low tide.  There were a number of sand bars and tide pools that had formed. Ecola creek output, where it connects to the...
  • Looking south on Champman Point, sandbars/tidepools
March 25, 2020 - FOHRAP1
 A beautiful day on the beach. The beach, tide line were relatively clean. The day was most noteworthy for the lack of human activity, corona virus precaution related. 
March 4, 2020 - FOHRAP1
I began at the far north (Chapman Beach).  Almost entirely deserted (photo attached).  Like a sand-packed moonscape.  Understandable why some people like to come here to get away from it all, at...


December 9, 2017 - cheeseguy
Beautiful Dec. morning on the beach. Very low counts for both humans and vehicles. Beach was generally free from human trash. No dead birds noted. There had been a lot of pyrosomes about two weeks...
  • Dune protection.
  • Drift fence 1.
  • Drift fence 2.
  • Storm Drain off Jackson St.
  • Storm Drain.
September 18, 2017 - cheeseguy
A sunny fall day at the beach. Lots of people walking for the most part. Only new observation was the application of ground cloth to the base of the dune at Breaker PT. condos and Ecola Creek. Some...
  • Ground cloth applied to dune base
  • Kite flying day at the beach
  • Pelican beach, ecola creek
June 24, 2017 - cheeseguy
It was a gorgeous day on the beach. Probably a record day for people because of the warm temperatures. 
  • Drainpipe outfall from Jackson st.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Monroe St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Madison St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Jefferson St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Adams St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Washington St.
  • Dune Stabilization project at Breaker's Pt Condo/Ecola Creek.
  • Mid mile 314 looking S towards Haystack rock.
  • Mid mile 314 looking N towards Breaker's Pt.
March 20, 2017 - cheeseguy
It was a cloudy day(a few rain drops) with moderate NE Wind. People count was up likely because of some visitors being on Spring Break. Otherwise would not have had so many on a Monday in March....


December 13, 2016 - cheeseguy
The day was a bright sunny day. Beach was narrow due to King tide. I walked in the hour prior to high of 10.6. Lots of kelp strands and huge bundles. Fair amount of rope both alone and in kelp...
  • Beachgrass planting
  • Cassin's Aucklet
  • Tree with roots
  • Jefferson St outflow/storm drain
  • Kelp bundle
  • kelp bundle w/ rope
  • Madison St. outflow/storm drain
  • Monroe St outflow/storm drain
  • Northern Fulmar #1
  • partial wooden pallet
  • coil of rope
  • Taft St outflow
  • Western Gull
  • New Construction
  • Jackson St outflow/storm drain
September 16, 2016 - cheeseguy
The dead birds were all found in approximately the southern 3/8 of the mile. This is consistent with the fact that more dead birds are found closer to Haystack Rock in other surveys. No change seen...
April 18, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
Submission from Diane and Rex Amos. Diane and Rex Amos photographed these at 6:50 a.m. just north of Margo Visher’s near the dunes. There were about 8 of them. Learned from Joe Liebezeit, Avian...
  • Semipalmated plover on the shoreline north of Ecola Creek
  • Semipalmated plovers
  • Semipalmated plover, Clatsop County, Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek, Chapman Beach south


September 27, 2014 - skylaar
A very nice, sunny fall day and a lot of people enjoying the day. Many people walking or sitting in the sand. Happily did not see a lot of trash (was also SOLV beach clean-up day).
  • Jellyfish, about 8" diameter
May 12, 2014 - skylaar
Considerable amount of manmade debris in the driftline along with dozens of molted crabs.
January 31, 2014 - skylaar
Visited mile just as the king tide was receding. The tide came up pretty high but did not reach the small sea wall or the bluffs. The visible tide line was littered with seagrass and a lot of razor...
  • Tide was too high to visit northern edge of mile at Chapman Beach.
  • Sand removal from high tide


October 26, 2013 - skylaar
There were easily 100 people on the beach today. Lots of people just enjoying the nice weather, and there were a few people still on the beach from the SOLV beach cleanup that morning. The tide was...
  • Concentration of gulls
  • There were five dead jellyfish near or in the tideline.