Mile 48 Report

July 31, 2021
by JaneSkipLegacy

Location:
Curry
Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Conditions:
Saturday 10:15 AM
Sunny
67° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
2.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
35
Dogs:
9
Activities:
Walking / Running:
27
Playing in sand:
6
Sitting:
4
Kayak fisherman was setting up, and put in while we were nearby, but he didn't stay long - was gone by the time we came back by where he had parked. Was maybe 30 minutes later.
Concerns:
Fire·Litter
Apparent Violations:
Signs of 3 separate campfires, all appeared contained, and probably from the holiday weekend.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
20
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
3
Activity Comments:
One of the SUV-type trucks on the beach was stuck briefly, but was able to "walk" out of the deep sand without help, by accelerating slowly. Didn't tear things up. There was a tent on the sand at Hubbard Creek - may actually have been on Mile 47 side, but I think it was just set up to be a sun-shade for the family as there were 2 smaller kiddos playing in the sand with the Mom nearby.
Notable Wildlife:
Nothing unusual, other than a handful of seagulls.
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Species/names:
Didn't see any leg bands, carcasses were mostly so old as to be unable to tell why they died.
Stranded:
Total:
2
There were two carcasses of dead marine mammals - one was big enough to be a sea lion, did not appear to have a head. Had been there long enough that it was "flat" and had signs of significant scavenging. The second one was small enough to just be a seal, or maybe a sea otter, but it was pretty much just a pelt that someone had laid out on a rock. See photos.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Debris was fairly light. Some fireworks remains closer to the Wayside, but we didn't find much of anything to pick up. Several small crab shells, sand shrimp molt - spotted one live sand shrimp that appeared to be on its last legs.
New Development:
A couple driftwood structures on the beach - one appeared brand new by Battle Rock, the other 3 on the Hubbard Creek end. One of those was the remains of the surfer camp we reported on in March, the other two were new, and not nearly as elaborate as the surfer camp.
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Checked on the landslide noted in previous report - does not seem to have grown (much) larger, but it does/did go back quite a ways from the beach - farther than I initially thought, though my sister (who saw and reported the slide first, in January) pointed out that I hadn't seen the depth of it during my report in March.
Comments:
Summary:

Hubbard Creek has "drifted" pretty far north/northwest, but it appears to be natural.

There were several groups of people on the beach and coming down while we did the report. I only counted the cars in the lot when we arrived. There were more when we finished. Most activities appeared "normal" and didn't see anything of concern.

  • Landslide near Battle Rock Beach
    Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Near side to Battle Rock Beach Wayside
    July 31, 2021
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Mid0point of Battle Rock Beach mile
    July 31, 2021
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    July 31, 2021
  • Depth of Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Trying to show the depth of the Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    Mid-point Battle Rock Beach
    July 31, 2021
  • Carcass of some kind of marine mammal
    Carcass of some kind of marine mammal someone had spread out on rocks
    cluster of rocks at the mid-point of Mile 48
    July 31, 2021
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
    Carcass of large dead marine mammal on beach about 1/3 mi south (SE) of Wayside
    About 1/3 mi south (SE) of Wayside
    July 31, 2021
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
    Carcass of large dead marine mammal with human for perspective/size.
    About 1/3 mi south (SE) of Wayside
  • more of the landslide
    more of the landslide
    Mid-point of Battle Rock Beach
    July 31, 2021
  • more of the landslide
    more of the landslide
    mid-point of Battle Rock Beach
    July 31, 2021
  • Hubbard Creek
    Hubbard Creek
    Hubbard Creek - has "drifted" to the North (NW) of its usual path
    July 31, 2021
  • Fire ring at driftwood structure
    Fire ring at driftwood structure
    Hubbard Creek
    July 31, 2021
  • Foundation of driftwood structure
    Foundation of driftwood structure
    Hubbard Creek
    July 31, 2021
  • remains of surfer's camp structure
    remains of surfer's camp structure
    Hubbard Creek
    July 31, 2021
  • signs of campfire that wasn't in a ring, or put out
    signs of campfire that wasn't in a ring, or put out
    north of mid-point
    July 31, 2021
  • Dead tree still hanging in there
    Dead tree still hanging in there
    Just south of the mid-point.
    July 31, 2021
Other Mile 48 Reports (11)

2021

April 18, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
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...
  • Ochre Sea Stars on Battle Rock
  • Foggy day among the sea stacks on Battle Rock Beach
  • Foggy day at low tide - Battle Rock Beach
  • Anemones look fat and happy.
  • Landslide - for comparison to photo from last (winter) report
  • Fish head found on beach
  • Elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek.
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

2020

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?

2019

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

2015

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

2014

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...

2012

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

2008

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...