Mile 48 Report

April 18, 2021
by Skip-Jane-Legacy

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Sunday 10:00 AM
46° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Saw guy who drove out in a pickup, scratching around in the sand. Don't know what he was picking up, but he had a small plastic sack. Another guy was picking up trash he said he planned to use the interesting stuff in his "art."
Apparent Violations:
None I could see.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Several families. There was a rather elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek. (See photos.) Some painted graffiti on driftwood by the structure. The beach was quite clean - we saw a man who was cleaning up, he said he was using the more interesting items for his art. My sister did two sea star surveys.
Notable Wildlife:
There were kelp crabs in the rocks, two blood stars in the rocks leading out to one of the sea stacks - one was upside down and didn't look so well. There were only one or two seagulls for most of the beach, but there was a small flock of them by the outlet of Hubbard Creek.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Bird appeared to be a fresh kill, and it seemed to be a cormorant. A seagull had been scavenging on the body, and probably created the hole that had fresh blood on it.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Several tiny crabs in the tide line. Fish head from a large fish - looked like a rock fish or something, but it was very large. (See photo.) Just the head, so don't know if it came off a fishing boat or something.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
At the driftwood structure we found some socks, and a small amount of trash.
New Development:
Steps down bluff
I don't remember seeing the handrails before, but the steps from the north side of the parking lot to the trail down to the sand.
Natural Changes:
There was a fresh landslide noted in the winter report, and judging from the photos of the other report it hasn't gotten any larger.

Saw a cement culvert in the water near one of the sea stacks. Found a piece of coral that still had pink on it - not sure if that means it's fresh or not. Did not see any others. Sand was still high enough to cover the shipwreck pieces that I know are on the beach in a few places, one of those being between two mid-point rocks that have arch-tunnels in them. Anemones looked fat and happy. A Canada goose was sitting on a sea stack, almost looking like it was nesting. 

  • Ochre Sea Stars on Battle Rock
    Ochre Sea Stars on Battle Rock
    South/east face of Battle Rock, seaward from the passage crevasse.
    April 17, 2021
  • Foggy day among the sea stacks on Battle Rock Beach
    Foggy day among the sea stacks on Battle Rock Beach
    Sea stacks at about the mid-point of the mile. The rocks on either side have crevasse-type passages in them. This spot has had pieces of a shipwreck visible between them, but the sand is up too high.
    April 17, 2021
  • Foggy day at low tide - Battle Rock Beach
    Foggy day at low tide - Battle Rock Beach
    Near the mid-point of Mile 48
    April 17, 2021
  • Anemones look fat and happy.
    Anemones look fat and happy.
    Rocks in the low tide area, near the mid-point of Mile 48.
    April 17, 2021
  • Landslide - for comparison to photo from last (winter) report
    Landslide - for comparison to photo from last (winter) report
    This new landslide was reported in the last (Winter) report for this mile. Took this photo for comparison purposes to see if it's gotten any worse.
    April 17, 2021
  • Fish head found on beach
    Fish head found on beach - no body, just the head. Not sure of the species, but it looked like what I imagine/remember a rock fish looks like.
    Found near Hubbard Creek outlet.
    April 17, 2021
  • Elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek.
    Elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek. This had twine holding trusses in place - took some time and effort to build it. Some spray-painted graffiti on nearby logs.
    Just to the north/west of the current outlet of Hubbard Creek - which seems to be going straight to the ocean at this time.
    April 17, 2021
Other Mile 48 Reports (10)


January 14, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
This visit was just a day after a series of king tides and heavy rain. More logs on the beach than usual and one massive new landslide. I asked a two of the few people I met on the beach about the "...
  • Sunrise over Port Orford Beach
  • Pyrosome
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide


October 16, 2020 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide...
August 22, 2020 - alaingamerica
Very pleasant day. Many people enjoying the beach. Dead birds distributed throughout mile, at least 3 different species. Removed a grocery bag full of litter including firework leftovers and dog poop...
  • Spineless sea urchin
  • Sea stars
  • Litter conundrum
  •  tiny sea star
  • Camping?


October 23, 2019 - alaingamerica
Took a short walk on the beach and found 10 "intact" beached birds, most likely Common Murres. (no gloves!)


July 4, 2015 - alaingamerica
Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.
  • A remarkable wash up of little sand crabs, I believe they are immature.
  • A closer look at what I believe is called Emerita


November 5, 2014 - [email protected]
First time ever walking this beach after many many times observing it from the public rest area on the bluff above. Surprised at the amount of people using the beach at this time of yearVery surprise...


April 4, 2012 - Muriah
Finder of the huge float said that it looked like the one in the photo in the newspaper that was said to be possibly from the Japanese Tsunami. I sent this photo to meteorologist who sent it to NOAA...
  • Eanshin name embossed into huge float


May 7, 2008 - cprince
eveything was relatively peaceful and clean! this will be my last report for this mile, as i am moving to portland.thanks everyone for caring for our beautiful coastline!
February 16, 2008 - cprince
another beautiful day, more than average human/dog/vehicle traffic on the beach. the small black and white birds i saw last week were gone, found a few dead seagulls and one black and white gull,...
  • this is one of many dead gulls i saw down near hubbard creek. that is their main hang out, right along the creek. i assume they perished in the bad weather. no oil or any obvious cause of death.
  • rock piles on beach 1/2 way down mile 48. very un-typical of this beach, at least in the 5 yrs. i have walked it.
February 11, 2008 - cprince
the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the...