Mile 324 Report

March 4, 2020
by angela whitlock

Seaside north
Wednesday 3:00 PM
50° F
Tide Level:
0.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
one dirt bicycle rider
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
a family fishing in the surf, people throwing ball for their dogs, a jogger, kite flying, one person riding a bicyle.
Notable Wildlife:
gulls in the surf
Dead Birds:
There was a carcass that wasn't recognizable, mainly feathers but covered with a lot of sand.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
A large tree with root ball still attached, there was a lot of wood that cat been cut by people, it was concentrated where the Nacanicum meets the ocean. Most likely came from up the river. Many sand dollars, broken and some whole, in the waterline.
New Development:
Rip rap holding the bank together behind the sewer plant. Large boulders and tree snags with roots.
Natural Changes:

It was a beautiful mild day, there were a small handful of people out enjoing the day. The tide was very low, there were some people fishing in the surf, many people playing with their dogs, one person riding a dirt bike, a family flying a kite. The channel in the estuary had changed dramatically since the last time I visited this part of the beach. It was a couple hundred yards further North, and had changed shape further back in the estuary. Lots of cut lumber littered the area where the Necanicum feeds into the ocean. I found one black garbage bag full of marine debris, it looked like mostly plastic peices. It had been sitting long enough that seagulls had been picking at it trying to get to the contents. I'm not sure if it had fallen off of a ship, or if someone had been collecting garbage on the beach and never made it to the garbage can. There was also some sort of contraption made of a large bamboo pole bound on both ends with black elctrical tape, and tied to it with a piece of rope was a plastic bottle of toilet bowl cleaner, possibly from Japan?

  • Base camp for the people fishing in the surf
    March 4, 2020
  • Beach mile looking north toward Gearhart. Lots of broken sand dollars and crab shells in surf
    March 4, 2020
  • lots of whole sand dollars
  • Tree with root ball still attache
    March 4, 2020
  • Channel further north than the last time I visited
    March 4, 2020
  • A lot of cut wood back by the estuary
    March 4, 2020
  • Rip rap holding the bank together behind the sewer plant. There is a strong foul egg odor against this bank.
    March 4, 2020
  • Toilet bowl cleaner bottle, is it from Japan?
    March 4, 2020
  • Abandoned bag of marine debris, pecked by seagulls
    March 4, 2020
  • Flying a kite
    March 4, 2020
Other Mile 324 Reports (47)


May 5, 2021 - angela whitlock
The tide was very low this morning and there was a lot of beach. I didn't find any marine debris/litter, the beach was in a gorgeous natural state. I wonder if there has been a clean up recently? The...
February 3, 2021 - angela whitlock
There was a lot of standing water in the low areas of the dunes, which is usually not present. 


July 1, 2020 - angela whitlock
Overcast, maybe a few sprinkles. Not many people using the beach this morning. However there is a lot of burned driftwood, large logs and smaller fir pits towards back dunes, and in the midst of the...


May 7, 2018 - annadavidcrow
I picked up about half a bag of plastic trash and bottles. Seemed like there were more than normal amount of dead crabs. Was pleasantly surprised to see mole crabs that were alive. I am attaching a...
April 29, 2018 - annadavidcrow
It was nice to pack out a very small amount of plastics and trash. Very few people were out this afternoon. We have noticed some natural changes at the river. But because this is our 1st report we...


September 5, 2014 - NHolmes
Crowded for this mile. Many people in town for car show enjoying the fantastic beach weather.
August 20, 2014 - NHolmes
Perfect evening for a stroll, beach very clean.
July 4, 2014 - NHolmes
Lovely day on the beach. Hopefully all the wildlife was heading out of town to get away from the noisy fireworks!
June 15, 2014 - NHolmes
Very quiet and very clean beach and sandbars. Lots of exposed sand. Only Caspian Tern activity this morning. Last Thursday it was reported hundreds of Brown Pelicans were in the estuary and on the...
May 5, 2014 - NHolmes
Less erosion on banks near Seaside Sewage Treatment plant this month. Some trees visible on sandbars.
March 17, 2014 - NHolmes
Quiet cloudy morning with only a few people and a bit of debris from the high tides.
February 2, 2014 - TiffanyBoothe
Sections of this mile contained quite a bit of debris. Grasses and algae mainly consisted of eelgrass (some even covered in what looks like hatched-out herring roe)split kelp, and graceful coralline...
  • Here is what the beach looked like today
  • This skate had been dead a while before washing ashore.  I was pretty large about 4 feet in length and about 3.5 feet across.
  • Many dead tube worms were found along the tide line,
  • Here is what the drift line looked like.
  • Quite a few grass balls were along the tide line.
  • The grass balls had eelgrass, coralline algae, hydrozoans and sponge. Some had dead hermit crabs.
  • It looked like some of the grass was covered in hatched-out herring roe.
  • Random debris, like this tunicate, was also entangled in the grasses.
  • Some of the sponges were in larger pieces, such as this glove sponge
  • The only live crab found among the debris.  Interestingly it has a piece of blue fiber attached to its shell along with a couple pieces of grass.
  • Many small pieces of sponge were found along this mile.
  • Dead Porcelain Crab
  • Dead Cancer Crab
  • Split Kelp also adorned the shoreline.


December 15, 2013 - NHolmes
Very messy! And fun stuff on the beach brought in by a brief storm and so called King Tides.
  • Crab carapace filled with sea water.
  • Small tree chopped down by a beaver.  Note the angle of the tooth marks as the beaver is known to turn it's head almost parallel to ground to fell those trees!
  • Debris on beach
December 2, 2013 - NHolmes
Windy and sunny and lots of debris brought in by the high tides.
  • Seaside Estuary looking NW toward Gearhart.  Debris brought in by high tides.
September 29, 2013 - NHolmes
Continuing to see small conifers being undercut and washed off the bluff as the river continues to drift south as it rounds the bend and runs out to sea.
March 14, 2013 - NHolmes
Many green live trees eroded from banks or river and beach edges washing into estuary. Probably combination of storms, high tides and river exiting the estuary slightly more south each week.
February 22, 2013 - NHolmes
River is moving more south and eroding the sandy banks as it moves into the estuary.
January 11, 2013 - NHolmes
A quiet cold sunny day on the beach.


August 22, 2012 - NHolmes
A happy crowd of people as beautiful weather continues at the beach!
July 22, 2012 - NHolmes
A nice quiet evening on the beach!
July 4, 2012 - NHolmes
It's a quiet morning, the beach very clean even at rack line.
June 9, 2012 - NHolmes
Lovely calm evening on the beach!
April 26, 2012 - NHolmes
The river has obviously changed course farther south of the island than observed last month. It was easier to see because the of the tide level.Large patches of sand dollar shells at waters edge,...
March 18, 2012 - NHolmes
This is low tide observation but it seems the channel is deeper than ever on the south side of the "island". The river has been flowing on both sides of the island for months, now mostly on south...
January 1, 2012 - NHolmes
Great way to begin the New Year with a pleasantly warm walk on the beach!


December 3, 2011 - NHolmes
Recent high tides had scoured the beach left five large logs of trees high on beach. Beach smoothing out and river mouth is moving south and cutting a bit of the beach back to the south east.
September 20, 2011 - NHolmes
beach was windswept from recent high winds, no man made damage visible.
August 5, 2011 - NHolmes
First time I have walked almost the entire mile with the water washing over my feet. Lovely.
July 3, 2011 - NHolmes
AND MUSIC FILLED THE AIR....As interesting as the lovely Necanicum River movements are I must say I was most charmed by what I witnessed on its eastern bank this morning. As I turned the corner of...
May 26, 2011 - NHolmes
Still a higher bluff than last fall with the wind driven sand partially covering wood debris of all sizes. Some logs and stumps. One large dog was determined to drag a partially buried log twice his...
April 1, 2011 - NHolmes
The beach has changed dramatically with the winter storms. Obvious direction of constant wind exposing tips of debris. One has to really watch where you walk, no easy strolling here!


December 31, 2010 - NHolmes
Beach was very rough with wood debris and small logs, sand has blown into the dunes. You could see we had had some wild winter storms lately.
October 31, 2010 - NHolmes
quiet Sunday am on the beach
June 29, 2010 - NHolmes
The Necanicum River has doglegged in the middle of the estuary and is curving out to the ocean even farther south than last report. The bank has been carved sharply by the River.I will try to obtain...
May 9, 2010 - NHolmes
Two fabulous pictures taken by Randall Henderson, of the Necanicum River flowing north then almost a right angle turn to flow due west. Note Seaside airport in the lower right and Highway 101...
  • Mile 324 to the south, though now that the River has cut through to the north, I know my mile is longer the it was!
  • Seaside on left or south, Gearhart on the right or north side of River.  Seaside Airport runway lower right.
February 20, 2010 - NHolmes
A breezy cool walk on the beach. The rack line was high due to recent high tides, lots of broken shells.
January 2, 2010 - NHolmes
High surfs and strong winds had delivered logs and other 'natural' debris up to the grassy bluffs. The strong winds kept the Necanicum River visibly higher than normal for this tide level.


December 1, 2009 - NHolmes
The Necanicum River has broken through the sand bars and dunes and now runs along the bank to the north at the edge of Gearhart. I confirmed this with knowledgeable people who have been watching...
November 27, 2009 - NHolmes
The Necanicum River has been gradually moving north almost breaking through the dunes to the ocean. It's a little difficult to tell at this tide level if it has indeed straightened out it's path.
August 24, 2009 - NHolmes
Happy to see Pelicans resting in this area at low tide. No birds being chased by dogs!
May 30, 2009 - NHolmes
Great sunny day to be on the beach.
March 30, 2009 - NHolmes
Blown sand is the big physical change, but nothing major. A fairly quiet, windy, Monday morning.


November 13, 2007 - NHolmes
Many people on beach enjoying the warm sunny day in contrast to the cold windy and wet previous day. High tides and winds left 6 dead seabirds (petrels?) at and beyond the high water line.
September 1, 2007 - NHolmes
Nice to see so many people enjoying the warm evening on the beach. Lots of kids, adults of all ages sitting around fires, playing with dogs, having a great time.
April 22, 2007 - [email protected]
First report of this mile and very pleasant day at the beach no adverse problems
February 11, 2007 - NHolmes
Very quiet day, thought more people would be clamming.
February 7, 2007 - NHolmes
I'm surprised I did not encounter dead birds on this beach.