Mile 331 Report

June 21, 2022
by alkarbeck

Sunset Beach, Slusher Lake, Camp Clatsop MR
Tuesday 10:15 AM
Party cloudy
63° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
Lots and lots of logs and even a tree!
New Development:
Natural Changes:

It was mild and the tide was far enough out to drive on the beach. But it was eeriely quiet! No dog walkers, no one sitting by their vehicles, and no gulls!!! It was an odd time to see it so quiet. However, our beach has been clean the last few times we have been on it including today!

Other Mile 331 Reports (49)


September 25, 2022 - alkarbeck
What a beautiful, sunny day on the beach! It was very quiet and very clean. It is always nice to see the beach as clean as it was today.
March 22, 2022 - alkarbeck
For the beginning of Spring Break there were very few people there. The beach is quite clean with only gulls and crows in the area.


March 21, 2021 - alkarbeck
This was the start of Spring Break but there were very few people on the beach. It was only 45 degrees around noon which may have been why the beach was almost vacant.
  • A large float no one has taken yet!


December 22, 2020 - alkarbeck
The beach appears to be wiped clean due to all the recent wind storms and king tides.
September 20, 2020 - alkarbeck
Since the smoke had now cleared, there were several families with children frolicking along the shores. The beach itself was very clean!
June 19, 2020 - alkarbeck
Cosidering the phase 2 of the covid-19 for Clatsop Co., there were not that many people here on the beach and what few were here were socially distancing.
March 21, 2020 - alkarbeck
My husband and I were shocked seeing so many people what with the fear of spreading the virus. There was even a wedding group or a memorial group totally ignoring social distancing. There were more...


December 21, 2019 - alkarbeck
It was the day after a major wind and rain storm so the beach was totally barren.
September 23, 2019 - alkarbeck
The beach was relatively clean with some scattered logs. There were many, many gulls on the beach and out onto the shoreline. Our furthest northern point on our mile was barricaded by military from...
June 21, 2019 - alkarbeck
Just like our March report, the beach was quite clean and relatively quiet.  There was a big group which looked like a clamming party digging and hunting for clams.
March 23, 2019 - alkarbeck
It was SOLV today and the beaches look wonderfully clean!! With the onset of Spring break people seemed to be enjoying themselves on the beach with the exception of the person stuck in the sand. It...


December 19, 2018 - alkarbeck
This was a very barren looking beach today what with the high winds this week and huge tides.
November 15, 2018 - Merce and Michael
Butchered elk carcass on the beach toward the northern end of the mile.
September 21, 2018 - alkarbeck
Observed three brown pelicans on shoreline along with several gulls . Once again, the beach seems far cleaner this year!! Hoping this continues!
June 20, 2018 - alkarbeck
The beach was very active with people clamming, walking, tossing a football,visiting with oddly enough a game of croquet on the beach.There was practically NO trash or litter on this mile today. Let'...
March 21, 2018 - alkarbeck
It was a nice quiet day for our observation. Just slightly north of our mile was a huge group of about 40+ men from the Army playing football on the beach having come from Camp Rilea. They were...


December 23, 2017 - alkarbeck
A sunny, winter day on our coast. Our only odd observation were the wood chips all along the shore from an earlier high tide.
  • chips on shore
March 21, 2017 - alkarbeck
See previous comments.


December 21, 2016 - alkarbeck
Sunny, chilly day with few people on the beach. Due to very high tides lately there are several logs on the beach.
September 21, 2016 - alkarbeck
Beautiful sunny day. A small group of students were there taking advantage of the sunny day.
June 26, 2016 - alkarbeck
Sorry we were a little late getting this report to you. My pics didn't turn out as ground fog rolled in along the shoreline. The beach is quite clean right now. Lets hope the 4th of July does not...
March 20, 2016 - alkarbeck
We picked a rather high tide to observe today. We felt there would be more people due to the start of Spring Break for this area.


December 19, 2015 - alkarbeck
Notable change with the access to the beach from the Sunset Beach access. King Tides have changed the actual approach onto the beach with a lot of driftwood/logs on the approach. Plenty of logs and...
September 20, 2015 - alkarbeck
A quiet Sunday. There was quite a bit of kelp strewn along the shoreline and one giant pile of entangled rope.
June 21, 2015 - alkarbeck
The only oddity on the beach today was ground fog/steam and it was sunny. It was difficult to see up ahead due to this oddity. Otherwise it was a very pleasant day and no one was abusing or littering...
March 21, 2015 - alkarbeck
We had a strong windstorm the night before this observation so the debris count was low.


December 21, 2014 - alkarbeck
Winter walking ( 8 people, 2 dogs )on the beach after a very high tide earlier in the day.We counted 14 dead common murres probably due to the rough seas ( supposedly 20-22 ft. swells), wind, and...
June 20, 2014 - alkarbeck
We picked up two buckets of trash which we later took home to sort which was mostly plastic, Styrofoam, pop cans, and some cardboard. However, we did find a large orange canister ( about a 10 gallon...
March 22, 2014 - alkarbeck
This was probably the cleanest we have ever seen our area of the beach partly due to SOLV I'm sure.


December 13, 2013 - alkarbeck
Due to recent cold winter weather there have been very few people on the beach so the beach was very clean.
September 20, 2013 - alkarbeck
Now that summer is over there is no where near the number of vehicles on the beach. Thus, there is less litter on the beach.
June 22, 2013 - alkarbeck
This was a sunny Saturday ( 66 degrees !! ) with a lot of people on the beach and yet very little debris.
March 19, 2013 - alkarbeck
This was a quiet March morning on the beach with only a small amount of items to pick up such as glass and plastic bottles and even a deflated large balloon.


December 18, 2012 - alkarbeck
This was a very positive day for us to observe in that we encountered a young woman walking the beach and picking up debris. She helped us spot and retrieve a long fluorescent light bulb. Then upon...
June 17, 2012 - alkarbeck
No tsunami items found. Just lots and lots and lots of chunks of Styrofoam and plastic bottles we picked up and removed from the beach.
March 20, 2012 - alkarbeck
One storm after another these past few weeks have left the beach literally swept clean by blowing sand and the lack of people to pollute it.


December 18, 2011 - alkarbeck
This was a very quiet,desolate day for our mile. Must be the time of year and weather as to why it was so isolated today.
September 20, 2011 - alkarbeck
For such a beautiful day at the beach there were very few people there. Because this was the first Tuesday after SOLV and the beach was very, very clean!
March 20, 2011 - alkarbeck
It was quiet on the beach considering it was a lower tide and the start of a spring break for many.It appears someone had been driving way up onto the edge of the dune/beach grass area. There was...


December 28, 2010 - alkarbeck
A very quiet winter day at the beach with little debris due to storms and the lack of humans and vehicles.
September 10, 2010 - alkarbeck
This was an uneventful observation date the week after Labor Day weekend. There was some foam on the shore and very few people for a Saturday.
June 19, 2010 - alkarbeck
For a Saturday and a low tide, it was a very quiet afternoon. It is difficult to give a total number of people because we have cars driving up and down our mile with multiple occupants.We are still...
March 20, 2010 - alkarbeck
We observed our mile the afternoon of the beach clean-up so the beach was beautiful and the clean-up was a huge success in our area. Still only a few gulls out and about on our northern beaches.


December 18, 2009 - alkarbeck
This was a very quiet time on the beach with high surf and only on person walking her dog. It was really quite deserted for as far as one could see with just small flocks of sanderlings out and about.
October 24, 2009 - alkarbeck
We are submitting this at this time due to the crisis of sick and dying birds. The actual foam on our mile was still there but not as thick just south of us. What was most amazing was as we were...
September 20, 2009 - alkarbeck
I did jog over to the the car traveling through the gulls and signaled for them to stop doing so. They did stop and continued driving along the beach but further inland away from the birds.My mile is...
March 20, 2009 - alkarbeck
A lot of driftwood, trees, and beached rope on the beach at this time.


December 6, 2008 - alkarbeck
This was a very quiet day given it was a Saturday afternoon. We picked up plenty of plastic after our observation. Other than the sea lion the beach was relatively calm and sparsely populated.
September 16, 2008 - alkarbeck
This was a relatively quiet term even with the summer tourism. However, this was the term of common murres. Dead and ill ( beached) murres have been found all summer. The North Coast Wildlife Center...