Mile 33 Dispatch

May 4, 2017
by Bob Harvey

Location:
Curry
North of Otter Point, south of Hubbard Mound
Conditions:
Thursday 11:00 AM
Foggy
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
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Natural Changes:
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Summary:

This is my first time here. 2 friends accompany me. We descend down the Northside of Otter Point on a badly eroded trail, with the welcome assistance of a rope. See first picture. The stretch is characterized by 50 to 75 ft bluffs topped with trees and occasionally  a private home. This one mile of Coast has suffered terrific damage in recent months .The pictures show landslides, boulder strewn beaches, private staircases damaged and unusable, and one house threatened and undergoing bank stabilization.        Tide was receding during our foggy walk. We saw no others. A beautiful , dramatic area. 

 The stairs do not belong to the threatened house. The street that serves those houses is S. Chantrelle Ln. The house's coordinates are 42°28'20.79"N. 124°25'15.90"W acc to Google Earth.

It seemed that every wooden staircase on that mile was damaged except for one built of metal.

  • Coast Trail descending to beach
    May 4, 2017
  • Landslide
    May 4, 2017
  • Damaged private steps from unseen home above to the beach
    May 4, 2017
  • Massive beach boulders
    May 4, 2017
  • Bi - colored rock
    May 4, 2017
  • Erosion and small stream
    May 4, 2017
  • Threatened home, bank stabilization in process
    May 4, 2017
Other Mile 33 Reports (15)

2010

December 16, 2010 - B Edgar
Great afternoon on the beach. Blue sky & light breeze. Our female Peregrine Falcon was keeping watch today! Lots of western gulls in the drift line feeding. The driftwood has really piled up...
May 10, 2010 - B Edgar
Calm surf today.2 Peregrine falcons !4 adults & 1 juv. Black Oystercatchers1 Western gull nestThe sand is coming back from this winter Lots of trash ( rope, bait holders etc.) from the crab boats
January 14, 2010 - B Edgar
The high tide and large swell last week has eroded the cliff face somewhat. Most of the sand on the beach that was in place all summer and fall has been swept away from the south part of mile 33.

2009

October 15, 2009 - B Edgar
Beautiful warm evening lots of Western Gulls heading south.
April 3, 2009 - B Edgar
Little activity:  5 people, 1 dog, 2 Black Oystercatchers.  No significant changes to report.
January 3, 2009 - B Edgar
Some small landslides after over 10" of rainOcean is very muddy from the outflow of silt from the Rouge River. Huge amount of new driftwood from the flooding.

2008

October 24, 2008 - B Edgar
very little litter on the beachA very nice day
September 14, 2008 - B Edgar
A buildup of sand has taken place in the last 2 months from the steady north windA feral cat was seen hunting on the cliff faceVery little trash on the beachone dead juv. db cormorant
August 9, 2008 - B Edgar
More sand has moved in after the strong north winds. Not much debris this time
May 13, 2008 - B Edgar
harbor sea pup may have been killed by the 3 roaming dogs as the dogs were vary aggressive and pup was only dead a few hours. I called the dogs owners & he said he would put a gate on the stairs...
March 2, 2008 - [email protected]
Plesant warm day on the beach, some areas of beach were rocky but in general large amounts of sand remain despite the winter storms. Signs of minor slumping of the bottom 20 feet of the bluff. Not a...
February 27, 2008 - B Edgar
3 adult Black Oystercatcherslots of small bits of plastic on beach

2007

December 27, 2007 - [email protected]
Quite day on the beach, deserted, expected erosion in sandstone/slate composition bluff from strong storm surges observed, very few birds in evidence, normal seaborne debris seen: floats, rope, shoes...
November 21, 2007 - B Edgar
One dead sea lion, total length 83", it has been dead about a week. Not much litter on the beach after the big storm last week! Lots of driftwood. On Nov. 5 I counted 21 Black Oystercatchers on...
September 15, 2007 - B Edgar
8 of us helped out on the SOLV beach clean up. We picked up quite a pickup load of trash and tires.