Mile 4 Report

June 20, 2010
by pelican

North Jetty, Brookings Beach west of Chetco, Tanbark Point
Sunday 12:00 AM
58° F
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On Sunday morning around 11AM, the weather was gorgeous, no wind had picked up as yet and the tide was low to moderate. A truly beautiful day. The beach on the North Jetty side of Tanbark Point was amazingly clean, with no garbage and little ocean debris. The access, however, is becoming overgrown with weeds, as fewer people are coming down to the jetty and beach area. The logs which were wedged up onto the walking path and are still there, of course, pose a problem for young children and older adults to access the area. All in all, tho, the beach and shorelines of this area looked good and are always a joy to visit.The Osprey is still sitting in her nest on top of Yellow Rock, truly a sight to behold and one that occurs every Spring into early summer.As for the Mill Beach side of Tanbark Point, the beach areas were a bit more littered with wooden debris, no garbage and little human activity. As the bank directly under the Brookings Sewer Plant was reported in the Pilot Newspaper as slipping and showing areas of water seepage, the reporter made claims that the sewer plant was going to be in danger. I spoke with the manager of the plant on Friday and he assured me that the beach is safe and that they are monitoring the situation, but that nothing is in danger of sliding into the ocean. They are talking, however, of shoring up the bank under the plant and when they do so, will have to close off the only public access to the beach for a period of time. So fears of a slide and danger to beach walkers alike were assuaged, at least for the near future. I'll keep on this and let you all know of any further developments. I suggested to him that if they were to rework the cliff at that point, perhaps they could engineer a safer and easier public access to Mill Beach. Now it is a steep trail down and then navigate over a long area of nothing but rocks to actually get to the beach. All in all, things are pretty quiet on Mile #4!
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These two areas on either side of Tanbark Point looked good. Little debris, Osprey on her nest and a few Pelicans dotted the water. Only physical change was due to the big logs thrown up onto the walkway of the North Jetty Beach access, causing fewer people to use this jetty and beach and allowing weeds to grow up over the little trail. The sewer plant and the slippage of the cliff below are being monitored closely by the water department of Brookings and no danger at this point to beach walkers. If one becomes imminent, the beach access will be closed while the problem is solved.
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December 23, 2017 - mtuffey
March 22, 2017 - mtuffey
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December 15, 2016 - mtuffey
Overall things remain unchanged, despite the heavy rains and storms.
December 13, 2016 - mtuffey
September 23, 2016 - mtuffey
Retaining wall complete on Buena Vista Loop, from damage two years ago, city pipe backed up. Also new drain at 313 1/2 Memory Lane, to improve drainage, and avoid further erosion of the bluff.
September 22, 2016 - mtuffey
Everything looks good.
July 1, 2016 - mtuffey
Osprey sighted by its nest. Nothing else noteworthy to report.
March 20, 2016 - mtuffey
Usual winter driftwood. Back in Feb. there was a dead deer washed up on the beach. No one disturbed it, and it washed back out.


December 19, 2015 - mtuffey
No real news to report. Only person on beach. Always a lot of seaweed on this beach. Observed usual contingent of gulls, plus three chitons.
October 8, 2015 - mtuffey
Everything is normal and quiet.
July 4, 2015 - mtuffey
Nothing new or exciting. Things are stable.
March 21, 2015 - mtuffey
Everything seems fine, except by the North Bank jetty, where there is a lot of driftwood, and the soil is eroding around the rocks.


September 29, 2014 - mtuffey
Nothing has changed, since June. The exception is that Chetco Point park which is part of mile 4 and 5 has been closed over the summer, due to water treatment plant work. The work is supposed to fix...
June 22, 2014 - mtuffey
Everything looks normal, with the exception of the closing of Chetco Point park.
March 23, 2014 - mtuffey
No erosion problems so far this winter. No other problems either. Just people enjoying a sunny day on spring break.
January 30, 2014 - mtuffey
I found a dead stringray on our beach today. I think it may have washed up today or yesterday. Attached are pictures.
  • Found dead stingray. Estimate it washed up 1-30 or 1-29. Just north of Chetco River North Jetty.


December 12, 2013 - mtuffey
I don't know where the loose tires floated in from. They have English writing on them. The beach is remote and removal of the tires would require some work. The other site, where junk cars were left...
  • Tire unearthed from old junk yard landslide on Memory lane.
  • Fairly new looking tire with tread on it
  • old tire with little tread
September 26, 2013 - mtuffey
All is quiet, with the exception of Chetco Point beach, with the dead grey whale skeleton.
June 17, 2013 - mtuffey
Nothing new or changed.
March 17, 2013 - mtuffey
I am uploading a picture of the tire. Sorry I didn't get a picture of the wood.
  • On the beach just Off Seacliff Terrace, Brookings, just north of the North jetty of the Chetco River, there is an old tire stuck in the sand.


December 3, 2012 - mtuffey
This should actually be a DsipatchEd RossiterEdward L. RossiterCurry County Coast Watch Reports CoordinatorMAIL: P.O. Box 1628, Gold Beach, OR 97444-1628SHIP: 32102 Chantrelle Lane, Gold Beach, OR...
  • Property of Chet Thompson, Memory Lane, Brookings, Or
September 20, 2012 - mtuffey
beach south of Chetco Point contained a large plastic pipe, and an old rusty oil drum. two different spots, not related. see photos, uploaded
  • large storm drain type black PVC pipe aprox. 18" diameter, 10 feet long
June 19, 2012 - mtuffey
Brookings City water treatment plant erosion looks complete as far as the path to the beach. south of Chetco Point.
March 17, 2012 - mtuffey
February 4, 2012 - mtuffey
Some of the debris I'm guessing is from docks that broke up during the Tsunami, March 2011.


December 10, 2011 - mtuffey
All seems well. Not much rain so erosion not a problem anywhere.
September 19, 2011 - mtuffey
There are two distinct sections of mile 4. The northern section, referred to as Macklyn Cove, is only accessible at low tide, and even then it is very rocky walking from Chetco point. I checked with...
June 23, 2011 - mtuffey
Didn't know where to put this.Seacliff terrace access, weeds need cutting down. Fire hazard. Last year someone cut them down.Also sign stating "No Access, Dusk til dawn", fell down and hasn't been...


December 14, 2010 - pelican
On this beautiful day in mid-December, the beach areas were littered with large root balls from trees and other large logs which had, along with kelp debris, littered around the beach area and, i...
April 23, 2010 - pelican
All in all, the two beaches remain beautiful and undisturbed by people. A few deer were found nesting and relaxing close to the cliff's edge, among the bushes and driftwood debris. The most startling...