Mile 315 Report

August 27, 2017
by BJKauai

Chapman Beach north, Chapman Point, Ecola SP
Sunday 10:45 AM
61° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.5 ft
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: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
A few people walking on the beach with dogs, allowing dogs to chase sea birds.
Notable Wildlife:
Numerous gulls along the shoreline.
Dead Birds:
Deceased birds had no leg bands.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Not an unusual high amount, but there some dead mole crabs present throughout the beach/mile.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Driftline content included mole crab casings, sand dollars and kelp.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

It was a nice, clear sunny day. Numerous amount of people walking along the beach with families and pets. Tide was very low today, not many sea stars can be seen in the tidepools. Driftline had quite a bit of mole crab casings, feathers and kelp. Not much man made litter found along the beach today. And the few found were picked up and discarded appropriately. 

  • Chapman Point view south to Haystack Rock
    Chapman Point view south to Haystack Rock
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point view north- tree line debris field
    Chapman Point view north- tree line debris field
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point view NW with shorebirds and juvenile gull
    Chapman Point view NW with shorebirds and juvenile gull
    August 27, 2017
  • unidentified dead bird
    unidentified dead bird
    August 27, 2017
  • Unidentified dead bird
    Unidentified dead bird
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point Healthy sea star 1
    Chapman Point Healthy sea star 1
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point Healthy sea star 2
    Chapman Point Healthy sea star 2
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point wrack line mole crab molts
    Chapman Point wrack line mole crab molts
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point wrack line sand dollar remnants
    Chapman Point wrack line sand dollar remnants
    August 27, 2017
  • Chapman Point Reflections
    Chapman Point Reflections
    August 27, 2017
Other Mile 315 Reports (10)


September 28, 2018 - JDPphotography
On this visit to Crescent Beach, I concentrated on the north section of beach directly beneath Ecola State Park parking lot.There were seven (7) people on the beach when I and my party of three...
  • Crescent Beach driftwood lodged
  • Broken sea shell Crescent Beach
  • Barnacles on sea stacks
  • Close up of dead jellyfish
  • Dead jellyfish in relation to location on beach
  • Broken fence on side of bluff
  • Feather with insect
  • Sunbathing on Crescent Beach
  • Feather stuck in the sand
  • Dragon in the sand
  • Nathan (heart) Jasmine
  • Cairns and waterfall on Crescent Beach
  • Cairns and rocks on Crescent Beach
  • Crab shell and sea stacks
  • Seashell and bird rocks Crescent Beach
May 30, 2018 - JDPphotography
Crescent Beach, below Ecola State Park and just north of Chapman Point/North Chapman Beach, is pristine, secluded and difficult to access. There were a total of five people on the beach - two...
  • driftwood and crab trap
  • Crescent Beach and sea stacks
  • Driftwood shrine
  • Driftwood campfire remains
  • Washed up in the tide line
  • Two people recreating on Crescent Beach
  • Two people walking barefoot on Crescent Beach
  • Free street parking inland from Crescent Beach
  • Direction signs above Crescent Beach
  • Tree trunk as driftwood


September 24, 2017 - JDPphotography
Original report was saved and published before I added all the images (I'm new to this system, so please forgive). This Dispatch is simply to add all the images I have for this report.
  • Crescent Beach from Ecola State Park.
  • Tillamook Rock Light.
  • Ecola State Park near parking lot.
  • Giant driftwood on North Chapman Beach.
  • Fire pit on North Chapman Beach.
  • Wide angle view of Chapman Point and Bird Rocks.
  • Rising tide on North Chapman Beach.
  • Wind blown trees capping basalt rock North Chapman Beach.
  • Basalt rock at surf line low tide.
  • Chapman Point from North Chapman Beach.
  • Driftwood at surf line below Chapman Point.
  • Chapman Point water line.
  • Vertical panorama of Chapman Point.
  • Haystack Rock from North Chapman Beach.
  • Dog and Master on the beach at rising tide.
  • Sand eddies from rising tide on North Chapman Beach.
  • Vehicle on the beach with seagull - North Chapman Beach.
  • Sunbather waiting for surfer - North Chapman Beach.
  • Games at the beach - North Chapman Beach.
  • Path to 7th and Ash from Chapman Beach.
  • Path from 7th Street to Chapman Beach, Chapman Point and Bird Rocks
September 24, 2017 - JDPphotography
As this was my first visit to my mile, I wanted to get baseline images so that on subsequent visits, I will be able to note any changes in the topography, and any other issues that a CoastWatcher...
  • Ecola State Park Monument
July 4, 2017 - newton
Crisp morning.  3 people, 1 loose dog.  4 dead birds. The pool between Chapman Point and Crescent Beach is almost filled in with sand and easily passable. 


October 23, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
Perfect day for a Marine Debris Surveysummer-like weather between storms, beginning of transect line looking south 
  • OMDT survey beginning of transect line looking south
  • Chapman Point looking south- Beach Structure
  • wrack line looking to the north of the site
  • cloudy at the beginning of the survey


September 18, 2010 - Beachie47
Weather was drizzly but calm. Few people on beach, two sitters were under a temporary pavillion set up on beach at Chapman Pt., with chairs, as for a wedding. Most notable find was body of dead...
  • Body badly decomposed, with a number of holes in carcass (gunshot wounds?). I observed it from the south side of the creek on the day before, with gulls feeding on it.
  • Found an area with a number of bones (ribs with cartilage and backbone bits attached. Also some skin. Very old.
March 21, 2010 - Beachie47
Beach was pretty well swept clean of debris by high tides. Most notable was the settlement of baby barnacles on rocks and mussel beds making them appear gray. The erosion of the bank mentioned in the...
  • Erosion at end of Larch Street and Breakers Point Condominiums


November 29, 2009 - Beachie47
Weather was spectacular, so lots of people were taking advantage to walk on beach. Then there were the two idiots who were swimming in deep water on an outgoing tide! The beach itself was swept...
  • Shows clean beach, a few walkers and logs thrown up high on beach.
  • Small rockfall in cove at Chapman Point.
  • Young male found on banks of Ecola Creek, 11/1/09, NOT on our mile, but adjacent to (just south) of mile 315. Was ill with leptospirosis, but drinking fresh water and looking like it had a good chance to survive.
September 18, 2009 - Beachie47
Lots of sea palms washed up because of big surf. Also sea grass.