Mile 315 Report

September 28, 2018
by JDPphotography

Location:
Clatsop
Chapman Beach north, Chapman Point, Ecola SP
Conditions:
Friday 11:00 AM
Sunny
75° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
16
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
8
Playing in surf:
7
Sitting:
1
playing/chasing dog; sunbathing
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
none
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Humans recreating responsibly on the pristine beach.
Notable Wildlife:
A few seagulls near shore, one walking on the beach. Many birds offshore by sea stacks.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Dead jellyfish washed up on the shore. See photo. I've never seen this before.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Feathers
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
First time at this part of Crescent Beach. I only noticed a man-made fence on the bluff was falling down. See photo.
Comments:
Summary:

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 arrived (total 10). Then, three women with a dog walked along the shore playing with the dog. Later, a single man was observed photographing and two additional women were sitting on the large log by a beached sea stack. The other woman in my party was sunbathing during our visit.

Driftwood was lodged amongst the rocks, and dead trees sticking up from the sand.

This pristine beach showed only minimal touches by humans such as cairns by a small waterfall, a feather sticking straight up from the sand, and a love note written in the sand. I also saw a dead jellyfish on the beach. There is a fence that is in disrepair on the side of the bluff and the purpose for its being there is not obvious. See photos.

 

  • Crescent Beach driftwood lodged
    Crescent Beach driftwood lodged
    Crescent Beach north section
    September 28, 2018
  • Broken sea shell Crescent Beach
    Broken sea shell Crescent Beach
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Barnacles on sea stacks
    Barnacles on sea stacks
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Close up of dead jellyfish
    Close up of dead jellyfish
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Dead jellyfish in relation to location on beach
    Dead jellyfish in relation to location on beach
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Broken fence on side of bluff
    Broken fence on side of bluff
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Feather with insect
    Feather with insect
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Sunbathing on Crescent Beach
    Sunbathing on Crescent Beach
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Feather stuck in the sand
    Feather stuck in the sand
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Dragon in the sand
    Dragon in the sand
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Nathan (heart) Jasmine
    Nathan (heart) Jasmine
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Cairns and waterfall on Crescent Beach
    Cairns and waterfall on Crescent Beach
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Cairns and rocks on Crescent Beach
    Cairns and rocks on Crescent Beach
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Crab shell and sea stacks
    Crab shell and sea stacks
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
  • Seashell and bird rocks Crescent Beach
    Seashell and bird rocks Crescent Beach
    North section of Crescent Beach
    September 28, 2018
Other Mile 315 Reports (11)

2020

July 9, 2020 - jessejones
  • Large hermit crab with barnacles attached, and a small snail

2018

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

2017

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

2014

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

2010

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

2009

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.