Mile 336 Report

July 18, 2018
by ParkroseUCC

Location:
Clatsop
Columbia Beach, Peter Iredale wreck, Fort Stevens SP
Conditions:
Wednesday 11:30 AM
Party cloudy
62° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-0.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
60
Dogs:
15
Activities:
Walking / Running:
25
Playing in surf:
5
Playing in sand:
10
Sitting:
10
Rockhunting:
3
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
5
Kite flying (2), picnicking (5-7)
Concerns:
Fire
Apparent Violations:
abandoned campfire?
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
35
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
5
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Most folks seemed to be enjoying themselves and exploring the Peter Iredale at low tide. A few fishermen were out fishing. Park Staff (E plates) were also driving on the beach, appeared to be patrolling the coastline. (30-40 vehicles in parking areas) Many of the vehicles in the parking traveled from all over the US/Canada, including IL, IA, WA OR Vanc. BC, FL ID CA, MT, UT, and MI.
Notable Wildlife:
dozens of Shore birds ( and 1 small juvenile skate seen in tidal ponds.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Along the coast mile walk, we found many exoskeletons (legs) of Dungeness crab, possible crab exuvia.
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Debris found on beach consisted of, plastic shotgun shell, small bits of styrofoam, rope-(ocean based debris), wood-treated decking, pallet covered with gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera), a few land bits of land based debris (paper from fireworks, picnic ware, handi-wipes). Over all beach was clear of larger debris. We considered that the level of clean may have been due to Park staff that was out on the beach that morning.
New Development:
N/A
Modifications:
Social Trails over dunes
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
slight erosion to foredune.
Comments:

Since this was our first survey done here, did not know what we would encounter and so will be helpful for our future surveys. No problems were noted.  Our group removed the debris that was found on the beach. Larger heavy pieces remain, as we could not move them. 

We completed our coast walk survey at 12:45pm.  

Summary:

Pictures of barnacle covered pallet and suspected crab molt- exuvia 

  • Possible crab molt-crab exuvia
    Many crab legs and shells were discovered along our walk. molting season?
    46.179, -123.981
    July 18, 2018
  • Gooseneck barnacle covered wood pallet
    Gooseneck barnacle covered wood pallet
    46.180,-123.981
    July 18, 2018
Other Mile 336 Reports (18)

2019

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.

2014

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

2013

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.

2012

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

2011

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,...

2010

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...

2009

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,...

2008

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...