Mile 336 Report

January 19, 2023
by MatthewsE

Columbia Beach, Peter Iredale wreck, Fort Stevens SP
Thursday 12:00 PM
47° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Walking up and down the mile...lots observing the two beached whales.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
6 cars on the beach (not authorized) one guy flying a drone of the Sperm whale and one other guy getting a remote control toy pickup out of his truck ( on the beach) and playing with it.
Notable Wildlife:
40 sanderlings in surf zone 1 crow flying
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
1 Juvenile sperm whale 1 baby gray whale. Both located close to the Peter Iredale wreckage in the High Zone. Officials are aware and have placed signs around the baby whale to stay away, but people are disregarding the sign.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
All up and down the mile. Heavy plastic pollution in the wrack and bare and wood zones.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

This beach has not been surveyed since 2019 for Oregon Shores, since 2020 for COASST.  I thought I would do a survey for both organizations since the news of 2 whales washing up, located by the wreckof the Peter Iredale: a juvenile sperm whale and a baby gray whale.

Nice day, 47 degrees, no or very little breeze. 68 people counted walking the beach and viewing whales. Six cars driving on the beach (in unarthorized areas). One person flying a drone over the sperm whale, one person getting out of his pickup and started controlling a remote controlled toy pickup.

7 beached birds found: 1 Common Murre & 6 Cassin's Auklets  

The whales were found and reported, before my survey.

The plastic litter was a terrible mess up and down the mile...located in the wrack, bare and wood zones....I've never seen anything like it.

  • plastic pieces
    plastic pieces in the wrack, bare and wood zones all along the mile
    plastic pieces in the wrack, bare and wood zones all along the mile
    January 19, 2023
  • wood zone
    wood zone
    South end of mile 336
    January 19, 2023
  • wood zone
    wood zone
    north end of mile 336
    January 19, 2023
  • surf zone
    surf zone
    south end of mile 336
    January 19, 2023
  • north end of mile
    north end of mile
    north end of mile
    January 19, 2023
  • logs imbeded in bank
    logs imbeded in bank
    middle of mile 336
    January 19, 2023
  • Sperm whale
    Sperm whale
    south of the Peter Ireda le wreck
    January 19, 2023
  • Sperm Whale
    Sperm Whale
    south of the Peter Iredale wreck surf zone
    January 19, 2023
  • baby gray whale
    baby gray whale
    north of the Peter Iredale in High Zone
    January 19, 2023
  • Cassin's Auklet
    1 of 5 Cassin's Auklet that were found on the mile
    south end of mile 336
    January 19, 2023
  • Common Murrer
    Common Murrer
    south end of mile 336
    January 19, 2023
  • no parking sign
    no parking sign does this mean in the parking lot or the ramp to the beach...I couldn't tell. there were 6 cars going up and down the beach during the walk.
    Large parking area south of the road parking area on peter Iredale road next to the beach.
    January 19, 2023
Other Mile 336 Reports (19)


July 24, 2019 - ParkroseUCC
Another fantastic day for debris surveys at the Peter Iredale. Sunshine with slight breeze made for suitable walking conditions. One carload of folk thanked us for picking up litter and debris. We...
  • Our debris Pile, at end of survey
  • small sea star found in tide pool
  • Large concentration of tube worm Casings
  • A view from the parking lot at Peter Iredale
March 29, 2019 - Merce and Michael
We came across this flock of approximately 3,100 Dunlin a bit south of the Iredale wreck in Fort Stevens State Park.In about 2 hours we saw 6 or 7 Grey Whale spouts out near the horizon.
February 18, 2019 - Merce and Michael
The Peter Iredale shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park, from shortly after wrecking in October, 1906, to the February 18, 2019, maximum king tide.


July 18, 2018 - ParkroseUCC
Pictures of barnacle covered pallet and suspected crab molt- exuvia 
  • Possible crab molt-crab exuvia
  • Gooseneck barnacle covered wood pallet


March 30, 2014 - Judy Benson
Mostly sunny day at the beach, last weekend of spring vacation so lots of families having a nice day at the beach. No issues observed with inappropriate activity, beach was clean, no changes over...
  • Peter Iredale.  Car on beach was in an allowed area/time.
  • Spring break on the beach at Fort Stevens state park
  • Wreck of the Peter Iredale, up close and personal
  • Mound of sand on the beach at the end of the winter season.  Much higher than in previous visits


October 12, 2013 - Judy Benson
Beautiful fall day at the beach. Three day weekend so lots of people staying at Ft. Stevens campground, having a nice day on the beach. No concerns identified with human or other activity.
March 30, 2013 - Judy Benson
Spring Beach clean up day, with many people and vehicles on beach.


September 29, 2012 - Judy Benson
Beautiful day at Fort Stevens park. Lots of people on the beach just enjoying the day. Noticed larger quantity than normal of small debris (styrafom, line, etc) and shells, perhaps the beginning of...
  • Just a nice little piece of randomly created art above the tide line.
April 15, 2012 - Judy Benson
Check out the photos. We visited the week after the beach clean up so things were very clean. No debris. No dead birds or animals, nothing washed up. Fairly early in the day so not too much activity...
  • Fort Stevens state park, just a little north of the Peter Iredale wreck.
  • Same general location, Fort Stevens state park
  • Eagle moving up the beach at Fort Stevens state park


October 30, 2011 - Judy Benson
Stormy day at the end of October. Not terribly cold but it was wet so hardly any human activity. Beach was clean of debris and marine life.
  • Rainy day at the beach.
February 13, 2011 - Judy Benson
Winter day at the state park. Had been very rainy the day before, campground was not very busy. Tide quite high but we've seen worse on our observations. Not much action. People standing around,...


October 23, 2010 - Judy Benson
In the course of our walk a very wet storm arrived. We started dry and ended up soaked. The few people on the people were mostly standing or doing short walks, no one in the water or playing. Tide...
June 27, 2010 - Judy Benson
The tide was the lowest I've ever seen it in any of our visits over the years. The tide was so far out the Peter Iredale was available to all with lots of beach between it and the waves. Many people...
February 14, 2010 - Judy Benson
This was a very stormy weekend, the sun happened to come out during our mile walk, but it had been raining a lot the previous day, and that morning. Three day weekend so good crowds. The tide was...


September 26, 2009 - Judy Benson
Nice late summer day. Lots of horses on the beach this time. And truck driving through the primary beach access area; they are allowed but seem unnecessary in my opinion. No noted issues with...
May 9, 2009 - Judy Benson
Nice day at the beach. Not too crowded but certainly not empty. People doing the normal Fort Stevens beach stuff; walking, looking at the wreck, etc. Trucks were on the beach in the allowed area,...


November 29, 2008 - Judy Benson
It was a rainy, late November day. People were on the beach right near the Peter Iredale wreck but not much beyond that. A few trucks drove onto the beach where it was allowed but did not go any...
September 27, 2008 - Judy Benson
It was a beautiful September day at the beach. Lots of people at the Peter Iredale area. Mostly standing around. Head north 50 yards however and the crowds thinned dramatically, just a few people...
  • A beautiful day at the Peter Iredale in Fort Stevens State Park
June 1, 2008 - Judy Benson
In this mile the bulk of the action if around the wreck of the Peter Iredale, almost all activity ceases away from that small section of beach. That was where almost all the people, dogs and activity...