Mile 48 Report

November 18, 2022
by JaneSkipLegacy

Location:
Curry
Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Conditions:
Friday 1:00 PM
Sunny
53° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
17
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
8
Playing in sand:
3
Rockhunting:
1
Kayaking:
2
Concerns:
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
Pieces of a cut driftwood log was pulled near the stairs between the parking lot and the beach.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
15
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Harbor seals on the rocks in the bay.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Stranded:
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.)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet. We saw 15 people on the beach, most walking. There were 2 kayaks or in the bay. We have not seen them there before, though there is a kayak rental business at the Port. This was also the first time we saw seals (3 of them) sunning themselves on small rocks out in the bay. They might have been young as their fur was pretty light in color.

Someone cut up a driftwood log into field firewood lengths and hauled the pieces to the access road. (note from CoastWatch Coordinator: Cutting up driftwood on the beach is a violation. Carrying driftwood to your vehicle is allowed.)

We checked out the abandoned campsite I noticed on a previous visit and the rotting tent is still there, draped over a branch. We didn't go all the way up to it because it was too creepy.

There's a few healthy clumps of Pampas grass on the hillside just west of Hubbard Creek.

  • Just west of the of the largest rocks in the bay.
    November 18, 2022
  • Pampas grass invading on the hillside.
    A hundred yards west of Hubbard Creek.
    November 18, 2022
  • No sign of further erosion
    Besides biggest rock on the beach
    November 18, 2022
  • I have not walked through this site, but I can see from the beach that at least the tent is still there, draped over a branch.
    In the forest beside the big cracked round rock high on the beach.
    November 18, 2022
Other Mile 48 Reports (17)

2022

August 20, 2022 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand. Hubbard Creek has "drifted" very far south/east, exiting much farther away than typical. Beautiful day to be on the...
  • Beautiful Day at Battle Rock Wayside
  • Angel in the Battle Rock tunnel
  • Fingerling fish
  • Jeepin' near Hubbard Creek
  • Osprey eating lunch in a tree
  • Landslide showing signs of vegetation growing back
  • Hubbard Creek exits very far south/east on the beach
May 5, 2022 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach looked clean, people and dogs were well behaved. The landslide from January 2021 is stabilizing.
  • Plant life is returning to the area that slid last winter.
  • Long view of the slide area
  • Comparison pic
March 29, 2022 - jessejones
A group of nine people today were part of a training for a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) marine debris survey training. CoastWatch coordinated and led the training, which was...

2021

December 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach looked good today. Not much litter or storm debris. The previous high tide packed down the sand all the way to the boulders so it was easy walking. A few unique objects: an office chair at...
  • micro pieces of plastic in the wrack line
  • Why bag the dog poop if you're not going to pick up the bag?
  • WTF??
  • The wrack line was at the edge of the beach
  • Down tree that fell last summer or fall
  • Still no vegetation growing on last winter's landslide
  • Some little kid must be sad to lose this guy
  • Pallet in Hubbard Creek
November 6, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the...
  • Muddy water from fresh fallen tree
  • Winter sand build-up washed away from rocks
  • View south from the center of the mile
  • Waves stacking up between the rocks at mid-mile
  • Don't remember seeing these two downed trees before
  • Dead bird - species unknown to me
  • View north from Hubbard Creek
July 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
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...
  • Landslide near Battle Rock Beach
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Depth of Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Carcass of some kind of marine mammal
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
  • more of the landslide
  • more of the landslide
  • Hubbard Creek
  • Fire ring at driftwood structure
  • Foundation of driftwood structure
  • remains of surfer's camp structure
  • signs of campfire that wasn't in a ring, or put out
  • Dead tree still hanging in there
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...