Mile 327 Report

April 21, 2019
by sultanym

Clatsop Plains
Sunday 10:15 AM
Party cloudy
49° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
10 people clamming at the low tide line
Apparent Violations:
Litter: Noticed and collected plastic bags, fast food wrappers, and plastic water bottles/cans in and around fire areas on the backshore.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
8 Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 6 Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 3 American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1 Northern Harrier female (Circus cyaneus)
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Human activities: I observed 15 people on the beach, 10 were clamming at the low tide line and 5 were sitting on the beach. Along this mile, there was much evidence of clamming with mounds of wet sand piled from clam gun activity. I observed 21 vehicles on the beach, either parked on the dry sand or moving along the beach on the wet sand. 

Shoreline wildlife: Partly cloudy day with little wind in the morning. I observed 8 whimbrels foraging for mole crabs at the low tide line, 3 American crows, 1 Northern Harrier female hunting over the dunes, and 6 Western Gull on the beach. The high tide line below the dune grass had a high concentration of 2-3 inch Cnidaria: Velella velella or By The Wind Sailors, large piles of bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, and large logs. Dungeness Crab shell casings, shells, and organic detritus were also in the backshore. At the low tide line, I found a large cluster of California Market squid eggs (Loligo opalescens), 2 moon jellies, and more shells.

Physical Changes: some sawdust on the sand and a large wooden pallet (partially broken) were observed at the high tide line. 

Actions taken: I collected approximately 20 lbs of trash including styrofoam chunks, cups, maritime ropes, many plastic bags/10 bottles/7 bottle caps/ 2 toothbrushes, 2 shotgun shells from duck hunters, and litter from beach fires and human presence on the beach. I emailed Oregon State Parks to inquire if they can add a trash can receptacle to the Del Rey Beach parking lot at Highlands Ln or at the pullout near the beach entrance. The nearest trash can is 3 miles away at Sunset Beach parking lot. I hope this will reduce the amount of litter from vehicles on the beach. 

  • Foraging at the low tide line
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  • California Market squid egg casings at the low tide line with hand included for scale.
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  • Many (50-80) seen at high tide line and some (10-20) seen at low tide line.
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  • Sailor by the wind (dead) at high tide line
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  • Wooden Pallet (broken)
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  • Evidence of human activity or littering
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  • Bull Kelp pile at high tide line
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  • Plastic bags, marine ropes, toothbrushes, bottles, bottle caps, litter, food wrappers, and 2 shotgun shells from duck hunters.
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January 13, 2021 - sultanym
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October 28, 2020 - sultanym
Mid-morning walk south towards Gearhart beach at a very high tide along the tide line I saw a dead Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) carcass with bands on its legs. I submitted a...
October 20, 2020 - sultanym
Walked south of the Del Rey beach entrance 0.5 miles to cover one half of mile 327. I collected about 20lbs of trash from this part of the mile. Notable debris included fishing gear (ropes, bait...
June 16, 2020 - sultanym
Mid-morning walk on mile 327 with no wind and sunny weather. Observed 6 people recreating on the beach close to the Del Rey entrance road. One dead pinniped eared seal family Otariidae (photographed...
February 9, 2020 - sultanym
Chilly, clear (37 degrees F) early morning walk with visible frost covering the beach sand on mile 327. The weekend's impressive King Tides revealed an abundance of debris. I removed 45lbs of trash (...
January 25, 2020 - sultanym
Late afternoon walk on mile 327 during an outgoing tide. Observed a recently dead fully intact beaver (Castor canadensis) about 0.25 south of Del Rey Beach access at Highlands Ln. Two people moved...
January 1, 2020 - sultanym
Windy, cloudy late afternoon beach walk covering 0.44 miles of mile 327. Significant amount of sea foam blowing across the sand and along the low tide line. Large woody debris and tree trunk washed...


June 13, 2019 - sultanym
A quiet, cloudy mid-morning walk on Del Rey Beach, mile 327 with people clamming, walking, and sitting on the beach. Little wind and mild day. Observed a dead California sea lion on the beach near...
March 4, 2019 - Merce and Michael
Evidence of driving on dunes where vehicles aren't allowed.


July 18, 2018 - Simonetal
Lovely day at the beach with many others enjoying recreation.


November 15, 2016 - Simonetal
Windy, cloudy wintery day on beach at high king tide.  Surf comes up to edge of dunes and near the end of the asphalt surface of access road to beach at Del Rey entrance.  At 9:30 am we saw 8 fulmars...
May 10, 2016 - Bob Harvey
Dead sea lion 2 miles N of Del Rey Beach access, on the beach. Headless and still 7 ft. long
  • Dead headless sea lion found on the beach at Del Rey Beach State Recreation Area


December 30, 2015 - Simonetal
Lovely cold day at beach with few recreational activities underway, including three horses out for a beach ride. Tides have been high into the dunes, to the very top over last week's king tides and...
  • Storm debris and overtopping of dune grass
  • tracks up dune, photo shows sand blown most of the way up the foredune.
  • debris and sand deposition at Del Rey Beach auto access
  • A sunny day at the beach, with debris and horses, looking north.
  • Beach puppy on log
November 21, 2015 - Simonetal
Lovely day on beach. People driving cars in accessible areas due to very cold weather, but sunshine. 19 people exploring beach. Few birds around, although we found 14 dead (see earlier list of...
  • Dead Raccoon, found down on beach
  • Dead raccoon, found on beach
  • Found dead raccoon on beach
  • Elk hide, Found on beach in two pieces. no other animal parts.
  • Elk hide, Found on beach in two pieces.
  • Skate egg case with barnacles
  • Sunfish? Found on beach up high
  • Chinese Spray Can, Golden Dragon, found on beach
  • Lori, Looking south on Oregon mile 327 with Tillamook Head in the background.
  • Horses at sunset; A pair of riders came up the beach at sunset. They parked their trailer in the vehicle parking lot by the Del Rey beach access.
  • Spotted 4 Killdeer at base of dunes.
January 17, 2015 - Simonetal
Nice windy day; lots of folks out driving the beach and a few hardy souls walking.


December 20, 2014 - Simonetal
Found three dead birds (2 common murres, 1 red phalarope). High tide was at 6.6' hitting the low slope of the dunes and rushing into the roadway at least 100'. Only saw 2 people walking, and 2 cars...


April 3, 2010 - Simonetal
Heard reports of glass floats being found; we found none. Very stormy, cold day. Few people out walking dogs or traveling the beach mile by vehicle.


January 13, 2008 - tsunami
A bit more trash on the beach than usual, mixed with driftwood / seaweed, most likely washed in as a result of the heavy surf / high tides.The high water was tending to squeeze the pedestrians and...
  • plastic trash on the beach
  • Juvenile bald eagle