Mile 327 Report

June 17, 2021
by sultanym

Clatsop Plains
Thursday 9:15 AM
60° F
Tide Level:
2.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Quiet morning on Del Rey beach with a few runners and dog walkers.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
A few parked cars on the beach. Access road to Del Rey has been recently graded and is very good for vehicle access.
Notable Wildlife:
Heard/saw the following bird species: great blue heron, red-tailed hawk, 9 brown pelicans, savannah sparrow, brown-cow bird, American goldfinch, American crows, barn swallow, violet-green swallows, and Northern harrier hunting over the dunes.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
We removed 15 pounds of trash from the southern half of our mile (0.5 mile distance). Notable trash items were mostly land-based including food wrappers, plastic bottles/caps, cigarette butts, lighters, teal green rope, a rusted grate (photo below), 2 black disposable masks, a sock, a glove, and 4 tennis balls.
New Development:
Sand removal
Del Rey Beach access road has been graded and is well-maintained for safe vehicle access.
Natural Changes:

Highest concentration of land-based litter was along Del Rey Access road leading to the beach. 


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 trash in a SOLV bag and left at mile marker 5, Del Rey beach access entrance road (where the concentration of trash was highest). Notable wildlife sightings: 9 brown pelicans and 2 turkey vulture feathers. 

  • Brown Pelicans
    Brown Pelicans
    Del Rey Beach south end 0.5 miles from access road
    June 17, 2021
  • Metal rusted grate washed up on the beach
    Metal rusted grate washed up on the beach
    Del Rey Beach south end 0.5 miles from access road
    June 17, 2021
  • Looking north of Del Rey Access road with receding tide (mid-tide)
    Looking north of Del Rey Access road with receding tide (mid-tide)
    Del Rey Beach south end 0.5 miles from access road
    June 17, 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


January 13, 2021 - sultanym
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...


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