Mile 324 Report

May 5, 2021
by angela whitlock

Seaside north
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Party cloudy
55° F
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Apparent Violations:
Large wood debris with burn marks, lots of evidence of bonfires in the dunes
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
50 -60 tern in a flock hanging out on the sand near the estuary, 9 whimbrel foraging in the sand flats, a pair of Canada geese flying low over the beach and landed in the sand, a handful of adult and juvenile seagulls, killdeer in the dunes and another small brown bird that I didn't identify, three merganser swimming and diving in the Necanicum estuary.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Wood pieces
The beach was very natural today! I didn't see any litter. It was so clean that I wonder if there has been a beach clean up recently.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
The Necanicum estuary is constantly changing shape. The beginning of the dune area seems to have more sand than last time I was out.

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 tsunami siren test happened promptly at 11:00 am. Today was a great bird watching day! I saw Canada geese, a flock of terns, adult and juvenile seagulls, whimbrels, mergansers, and killdeer. There weren't a lot of people/dogs out. Peaceful beach walk with the sun showing itself now and then. 

  • Tsunami siren test happens at 11:00 am the first Wednesday of each month (with the exception of summer months I believe)
    12th street parking area
  • Tillamook head, tide low. Some tire tracks in the sand but I didn't see what made them.
  • Low tide, lots of sandy beach area
  • Surf was very small today
  • Very excited to see whimbrel foraging in the sand flats! I counted 9 total.
  • Tubes from cellophane worms (?)
  • Estuary sand flats
  • Rocky island in the river mouth
  • Driftwood structure
  • Charred large woody debris, this bonfire must have been rather large
  • Sand seems to have moved in amongst the dune grass, the slope is very gentle
  • As I walked through the dunes, I found many areas that had been bonfire pits
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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...
March 4, 2020 - angela whitlock
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...


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.