Mile 330 Report

December 21, 2022

Sunset Beach, Sunset Lake
Wednesday 1:30 PM
39° F
Calm/Light from the E
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Pacific Sea Nettle Jellies seen washed ashore
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Foredune is very small and flat. Appears to have eroded away. Trail to the north is very visible

On the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2022 at an outgoing 5ft tide, three people surveyed Mile 330 for an hour. The weather was clear and sunny with minimal wind. There was 5 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach and 9 cars on the beach allowed areas. While walking north, we observed the foredune eroded with the backdune exposed. It was so eroded that the path from the Fort to Sea Trail was very visible (past 4 surveys, it was not). There was some Pacific Sea Nettle Jelly washed ashore in the tide line and 1 dead bird observed in the driftline. Very little trash was found. 

  • beach facing south toward Tillamook Head. Sky is blue and yellow with some clouds. Sand has footprints and tire tracks.
    At Mile 330, Sunset Beach entrance, facing South toward Tillamook Head.
    25m South of Sunset Beach entrance close to foredune, facing South
    December 21, 2022
  • Washed ashore reddish jelly covered in sand
    Washed ashore Pacific sea nettle jelly covered in sand.
    -123.943120°‎, 46.098854°‎
    December 21, 2022
Other Mile 330 Reports (11)


September 21, 2022 - LEWI
There were many birds, living and dead (9), seen on the mile of beach. Several people (8) and cars (9) as well, along with a few dogs (3). It was strange/interesting to see so many caterpillars on...
  • caterpillar crawling on the sand, leaving a trail
  • Close up of a dead pelican with parts of its body covered in sand
  • Four people on a beach holding trash pickers and trash bags
July 5, 2022 - LEWI
Had a dozen plus individuals (Lewis and Clark National Historic Park youth engagement along with Oregon State Parks) over a 5 hour period picking up post fourth of July trash. Oregon State Parks took...
  • 8 humans on beach with multiple trash bags
June 21, 2022 - LEWI
Today the NPS crew joined the hybrid beach grass training with Risa Askerooth from Oregon State University. We learned how to identify four grasses and how to upload our findings on the iNaturalist...
June 1, 2022 - LEWI
Conducted a NOAA marine debris survey today with the CoastWatch coordinator and a group from the Northwest Youth Corps. Also picked up trash from outside of the survey area, along the mile. 
March 21, 2022 - LEWI
Today was a publicized event for a beach cleanup, and we picked up 4 bags of trash and a tire along mile. Parking lot area and just beyond dunes from parking area were notated as having lots trash...
  • Photo of individuals on beach


December 21, 2021 - LEWI
Picked up multiple bags of trash mostly stryofoam, some rope. Fires were out by end of survey. There was a driftwood shelter built into the dune - picture included. 
December 3, 2021 - LEWI
All is well.
  • bird carcass
  • looking north
  • looking south
  • trash collected


July 9, 2020 - sultanym
I drove this mile in my vehicle while birdwatching. Notable dead animal sightings included a dead elk being scavenged by turkey vultures (see photos below), a dead harbor seal being eaten by turkey...


June 9, 2010 - Simonetal
kite cart driving on beach near dune base.


June 18, 2008 - alkarbeck
Normally we see far more people on the beach at this time but the clamming season is temporarily closed due to toxins. We picked up a lot of trash consisting mostly of plastic bottles.
March 16, 2008 - alkarbeck
Nothing unusual these past months. Our area allows driving on the beach and we have many dog walkers. We have picked up a lot of trash in the last month of which most is plastic.