Mile 327 Report

January 13, 2021
by sultanym

Clatsop Plains
Wednesday 3:15 PM
50° F
Tide Level:
3.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
Two individuals riding small motorcycles along the wet sand.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Two cars cruising close to the outgoing tide. One car stopped to pick up a crab float/buoy and take it off the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
3 surf scoters, 2 western x glaucous winged hybrid gulls
Dead Birds:
Juvenile red phalarope- 1 Ancient murrelet- 1
Fish & Invertebrates:
Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
Large concentration of beach grasses, sea foam, plastic debris, wood pieces, logs, and microplastics.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
High king tides have resulted in newly exposed roots of beach grasses and a steep change in the contour of the edge of the dunes resulting in a sharp 5ft drop off where the beach meets the dunes. Evidence of wave overtopping along Del Rey beach road and nearby dunes.

Today was a welcome respite from the recent heavy rain, high winds, and stormy weather that accompanied the King tides of Jan. 11th-13th. This afternoon's walk had mild weather, little wind, and cloudy skies. With an outgoing tide, a large stretch of beach was covered in sea foam. The Del Rey beach access road experienced significant sand erosion from the sides of the road where the pavement meets the beach, and loads of woody debris (logs, tree stumps, branches) are now strewn along the road, making access not advisable. A large gate and sign block current vehicular access today. The King tides left an impressive array of debris, both natural and human-caused, along the highest wrack line that I have seen (almost at the very base of the dunes). Along with typical plastic debris (shotgun shells, lighters, soda bottles, bottle caps, single-use plastics from food packaging), I found some unusual items including a rice cooker spoon and a printer ink catridge. Two dead birds washed up on the beach: a juvenile red phalarope and an ancient murrelet. Bird identifications confirmed by iNaturalist. 

  • Ink Cartridge
    January 13, 2021
  • Erosion of sand at the edges of the Del Rey paved access road
    January 13, 2021
  • King tide waves and heavy rains resulted in erosion of dunes and a sharp bluff
    January 13, 2021
  • rice cooker spoon- plastic debris
    January 13, 2021
  • dead juvenile red phalarope- body view
    January 13, 2021
  • dead juvenile red phalarope- close up view of head
    January 13, 2021
  • erosion on beach where Del Rey access road meets the sand
    January 13, 2021
  • Del Rey road restricted access to vehicular traffic due to king tides, erosion, and storm debris
    January 13, 2021
  • large woody debris in the road blocking access to Del Rey beach
    January 13, 2021
  • crab float/buoy washed up at Del Rey beach after big storms
    January 13, 2021
Other Mile 327 Reports (22)


December 28, 2022 - sultanym
A late afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed three species of kelp washed up on the wrack line: bull kelp, sea palm, and giant kelp, and three species of dead avifauna: Common murre, Northern fulmar,...
July 5, 2022 - sultanym
A morning walk on mile 327 on July 5th revealed a significant amount of human trash from the fourth of July festivities on the beach, including hundreds of fireworks, abundant single-use plastics,...
  • Sparkler
  • Firework debris
  • Homemade firework found on beach
  • Charred remains of fireworks burned on beach
  • Burned fireworks (close-up)
  • Spent firework debris on beach
  • Dead Common Murre eaten by predator
June 29, 2022 - sultanym
A cloudy yet mild afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed an interesting diversity of arthropod species in the wrack line: Say's Stink Bug, Large Yellow Underwing, 61 Serrated Darkling Beetles, and...
  • Velella velella
  • Genus Cakile


June 17, 2021 - sultanym
A quiet, cloudy morning walk on the southern end of mile 327 reveals considerable trash from human activities around fire pits on the dry sand area above the high tide line. We removed 15 pounds of...
  • Brown Pelicans
  • Metal rusted grate washed up on the beach
  • Looking north of Del Rey Access road with receding tide (mid-tide)


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...
April 21, 2019 - sultanym
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...
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