Mile 314 Report

December 13, 2016
by cheeseguy

Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek, Chapman Beach south
Tuesday 10:00 AM
40° F
Calm/Light from the NE
Tide Level:
10.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Off season low head count for a sunny day
Notable Wildlife:
one beached fish returned to ocean approx 9 in, bright silver, maybe sardine or smelt? Photo attached 314 121316 Bates stranded fish.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
4 Northern Fulmar, 1 Cassin's Aucklet, 1 Western Gull Photos attached 314 121316 Bates NOFU 1, NOFU 2, NOFU 3, NOFU 4, WEGU, CAAU
Fish & Invertebrates:
numerous finger sized appendages broken off of something. Clear but rigid with spikes. Photo attached-314 121316 Bates invert appendage.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Lots of kelp, fair amount of rope both with the kelp bundles and by itself. Fresh driftwood. See photos 314 121316 Bates fresh driftwood 2, fresh driftwood, kelp, kelp 2, kelp & rope, rope, pallet
New Development:
Bluff development
New Construction on bluff just north of mile 314 so it is actually on mile 315. Photo attached 315 121316 Bates New Const.
New plantings of European beachgrass
Beachgrass plantings noted on site were sand was relocated during my June 2016 survey. Breaker's Point Condominium.. PHoto 314 121316 Bates Beachgrass. Compare to June photo
Natural Changes:

Continue to photograph the 6 presidential st outflow (storm drains). Interesting to see how the amount of pipe exposure has actually decreased since June. 


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 bundles. 6 dead birds found 4 being Northern Fulmars. Lots of new or fresh(still has bark and roots) driftwood likely because lots of local flooding along the coast this past 2 months. Invertebrate appendages unknown to me in fair numbers. Helped one fish get back in deep water.

  • outflow or storm drain
    Mile 314 off adams st
    December 13, 2016
  • Beachgrass planting
    Beachgrass planting
    314 Ecola Creek and Breakers Point Condominium
    December 13, 2016
  • Cassin's Aucklet
    Cassin's Aucklet
    Mile 314 Between Gower and Jackson
    December 13, 2016
  • Tree with roots
    Tree with roots
    314 off presidential streets
    December 13, 2016
  • Jefferson St outflow/storm drain
    Jefferson St outflow/storm drain
    mile 314 off Jefferson St.
    December 13, 2016
  • Kelp bundle
    Kelp bundle
    mile 314 off Monroe St.
    December 13, 2016
  • kelp bundle w/ rope
    kelp bundle w/ rope
    mile 314 off Jefferson st.
    December 13, 2016
  • Madison St. outflow/storm drain
    Madison St. outflow/storm drain
    mile 314 of Madison st.
    December 13, 2016
  • Monroe St outflow/storm drain
    Monroe St outflow/storm drain
    mile 314 off Monroe St.
    December 13, 2016
  • Northern Fulmar #1
    Northern Fulmar #1
    mile 314 off Gower St
    December 13, 2016
  • partial wooden pallet
    partial wooden pallet
    mile 314 between 1st and 2nd sts.
    December 13, 2016
  • coil of rope
    coil of rope
    mile 314 between Monroe and Madison sts.
    December 13, 2016
  • Taft St outflow
    Taft St outflow
    mile 314 off Taft St.
    December 13, 2016
  • Western Gull
    Western Gull
    mile 314 off Harrison st.
    December 13, 2016
  • New Construction
    New Construction
    This bldg site is on Oak st. about 2 blocks N of 7th street so it is actually in mile 315 not 314
    December 13, 2016
  • Jackson St outflow/storm drain
    Jackson St outflow/storm drain
    mile 314 off Jackson St.
    December 13, 2016
Other Mile 314 Reports (17)


October 5, 2020 - FOHRAP1
A beautiful day on the beach, Chapman point and Ecola Creek continue to be popular spots for visitors and walkers. Lots of activity in these areas. 
  • Mouth of Ecola Creek
  • Chapman Point
  • Tide Line, Cannon Beach
August 22, 2020 - FOHRAP1
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...
  • Haystack Rock
  • Juvenile Gulls
  • Ecola Creek meets the Ocean
  • Phytoplankton along the beach
  • Chapman Point at Low Tide
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....


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.