Mile 337 Report

January 18, 2021
by Lisa Heigh

Location:
Clatsop
Clatsop Spit, Swash Lake, Fort Stevens SP
Conditions:
Monday 12:30 PM
Sunny
48° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
8
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
lots of shorebirds
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
lots of debris. All of it from the ocean (some might have come out of coastal towns, but this wasn't litter from beach goers at Mile 337)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
Evidence of high tides (King tide) impacts.
Comments:

I did email Solve re: volunteer work on this mile and contacted Coastwatch @ the amount of debris/litter. 

Summary:

It was disturbing to see so much debris/litter on this beach.  I have never seen this much on any Oregon beach in the 30 years i have been walking the Oregon beaches. 

Other Mile 337 Reports (10)

2021

April 13, 2021 - huisee
One person was laying down on the sand just past the wet, packed area and a truck drove by fairly close to him. It does have the feeling of a section of road rather than beach.

2020

November 10, 2020 - Lisa Heigh
March 21, 2020 - Lisa Heigh
Primary difference from last visit: because of winter high tides and storm surge there was considerable over topping of the dunes and lots of wood on the beach , much of it with a diameter over 14...
January 4, 2020 - Lisa Heigh
Lots of large pieces of woody debris. However, it appears human removal of wood is common.There was enough trash to take some time and collect the larger pieces. 

2017

October 26, 2017 - jtravers
There were nine people and one dog on this mile.  Most were walking or sitting.  

2013

July 9, 2013 - clatsop
New signs on bluffs for parking lot identification - nice. Very little litter, plastic. One pair of tennis shoes. Again, cleaner beach than in past. Much more activity down around Peter Iredale.
March 25, 2013 - clatsop
Clean beach--impressive

2009

October 5, 2009 - coastielu
A gorgeous fall day on the north coast. Two surfers were enjoying the light swell, and two people were walking south. Trash was primarily plastic bottles and plastic bits and pieces. There was a...
September 28, 2009 - coastielu
Four groups of two people were spotted walking the beach. One group had a very large dog, another had two small dogs. We found a dead shark, about five feet long, light grey in color. It was lying...

2007

April 22, 2007 - harris
Nothing unusual.