Mile 49 Report

August 20, 2022
by Skip-Jane-Legacy

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock
Saturday 12:15 PM
70° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
4.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
The 2 who were sitting were up at the picnic table by the Fisherman's Memorial. The count includes myself and my sister, doing the report.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Not much going on - the biggest excitement was the two kayakers launching from the beach (these appeared to be personal kayaks, not the rentals from the tour company) and one of them overturned himself trying to get in. There were no people besides us on the little beach on the north side of Battle Rock.
Notable Wildlife:
There was a seal or sea lion in the water, and some birds foraging in the surf line.
Dead Birds:
Couldn't tell the species of the one bird. It was very decomposed.
There was a seal or sea lion carcass on the little beach to the north of Battle Rock. Or possibly two. The remains were very decayed, but there were two distinct piles. One pile had a large driftwood log on top of it, which led me to speculate whether the seal had been trapped by the log, though that seems fairly far-fetched. Some bone pieces (one looked like a large vertebrae) were in the surf on the other side of the small beach, but we guessed they were all part of the same animal(s). See photos.
Fish & Invertebrates:
There was a single large fish head in the dry sand, and some fins or maybe bones (flat, flexible) in the surf. I suspect they were cast off from a fisherman.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Not much on the shore besides sand, the most common item was the backs of crabs, possibly from molting? They didn't appear to be damaged by a predator.
New Development:
Nothing noted.
Just a couple of driftwood structures on the little beach north of Battle Rock, and one small one on the Port Beach.
Natural Changes:

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach. Not much going on, wind went from light to moderate in the course of our visit. The beach looked quite clean and people were behaving themselves.

Of note, the information gathering and survey only took about 45 minutes, but posting this report took another 30 minutes, mostly to upload and identify the pictures. Then I got an error message about the photo file size being too large, and the only option was to submit the report, not knowing whether the photos I had uploaded previously were still there. Had to submit, and will come back and add photos.

Other Mile 49 Reports (36)


November 18, 2022 - JaneSkipLegacy
A quiet, sunny day on the beach. The guy sitting in a lawn chair reading next to Battle Rock had the right idea.
May 4, 2022 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach was very clean, no real wrack line. Not the usual kelp pieces or chunks of wood. Just smooth sand and small rocks.


December 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach was very clean. There was some industrial trash on the rip rap of the dock and other highway trash on the slope above. 
  • boxes below a shed on the dock
  • Pretty afternoon on Port Beach
  • Trash on the slope above the beach.
November 6, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
All in all it was quiet, cloudy weather probably keeping people from visiting - that and there were more action-packed places to see the King Tide in action. We didn't spend too much time because we...
  • Small sample of the debris on the tide line on the "pocket beach."
  • Rolled tube of some kind of plastic sheet
  • Large stump might be new to pocket beach
  • Invasive ice plants taking over on the rocks by the port.
  • Metal ladder, and sand washed away from rocks
  • One of the dead birds we found
  • Large wad of kelp, complete with anchors and holdfasts
  • Look north at the port from the south end of the beach
  • Rocky point on southernmost end of main port beach
July 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
Was a very nice day, but very few people on the main beach. The largest concentration was a family of 7 chatting up the 3 men fishing in the surf on the little beach to the north of Battle Rock. Some...
  • Line of shell casings
  • Remains of the big bonfire
  • Small Carcass on Port Beach
April 17, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
Tide was just coming in, and the wet sand area was very clean, but up higher there were a lot of plastics in the process of breaking down - smaller pieces and broken things. Lots of driftwood up high...
  • Hermit Crab at Port Beach, Port of Port Orford
  • Port Beach
January 14, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
I saw something that looked like sea pickles on the shore. I have never seen them before. I found out from an episode of Oregon Field Guide tonight that they are Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new...
  • plastic bits in the drift line
  • Pyrosomes


October 16, 2020 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
There was a sea lion carcass on the port side of the beach. It has been there long enough to be partly covered over with sand, smell bad and have maggots spilling from a tear in the belly. We did not...
August 22, 2020 - alaingamerica
A family of six was playing in the surf in the little Cove south of the dock Beach. The actual dock area seems very quiet, although we did see some dredging activity.
  • Dredge
  • Barge


August 10, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer
marine mammal survey training with Dr. Dawn Golay. Stranding report for juvenile Stellar sea lion, female. Had been dead for a bit before washing in. Apparent trauma to muzzle and back end....
  • Dr. Dawn Golay preparing for stranding report protocols-Juvenile Stellar Sea Lion, female
August 10, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer
Marine mammal survey training with Dr. Dawn Golay. Stranding report for juvenile Stellar sea lion, female. Had been dead for a bit before washing in. Apparent trauma to muzzle and back end. Apparent...
  • Dr. Dawn Golay preparing for stranding report protocols-Juvenile Stellar Sea Lion, female
  • marine mammal stranding training August 10, 2018


March 9, 2013 - Tichenor
The beach was very clean with no dead birds or animals and almost no litter. Dog feces were numerous, as many people ignore the sign at the main entrance to the Dock Beach about picking up after your...


December 18, 2012 - Tichenor
There was a brief "window" of partial sunshine with showers of hail and light rain. Dock Beach was nearly deserted; one man and his enthusiastic dog were walking and exploring driftwood piles.On the...
September 18, 2012 - Tichenor
Quiet day on the beach and the dock
June 20, 2012 - Tichenor
People and a few dogs were enjoying the beautiful sunny day. I saw the fewest dead birds I have seen on any of my Coast Watch visits to this area.The beach was very clean and smooth.
April 3, 2012 - Tichenor
I missed an opportunity when the sun came out late the afternoon of March 18. Due to my busy schedule and the continual intense storms since March 19, I am just over two weeks late with this spring...


December 6, 2011 - Tichenor
Light activity at both Battle Rock and Dock Beach. On the dock people were busy with boats, hoisting boats, or working in the restaurant. Crab pots are stacked, awaiting the signal to start the...
September 19, 2011 - Tichenor
The beach was extremely clean with almost no litter (1 soda pop can, 2 bottle caps). Charred wood, remainders of beach fires, were evident but had not been near piles of driftwood, so were apparently...
June 18, 2011 - Tichenor
Calm weather, calm sea. Several people quietly enjoying the beach in their own ways. The dock seemed busy with several boats out and one coming in while I was there. There seemed to be more live...
March 23, 2011 - Tichenor
This was the first time I have been to the beach since the recent tsunami. Erosion in a couple of places at the top of one beach could have been from those waters.There seemed to be more trash than...


December 3, 2010 - Tichenor
I decided to do my quarterly walk a little early as it was a very pleasant day and low tide. Sky was partly cloudy, air and ocean quite calm. It was a good decision, because it seems as though the...
September 21, 2010 - Tichenor
On this edge-of-autumn afternoon the sea was calm, the beach quite clean with few footprints.Business-as-usual was going on at the dock (fishing boats returning for the night)and people who work at...
June 16, 2010 - Tichenor
A quiet day on the dock and on the beaches. Four people were quietly enjoying the beach at the cove just west of Battle Rock. I was the only person on the dock beach.No dead birds or animals today....
March 12, 2010 - Tichenor
2 people on 2 different sections of beach, one with a dog. Dock very quiet; fishing boats waiting out the storm
  • A large amount of driftwood has accumulated this winter, especially around Battle Rock.


December 10, 2009 - Tichenor
A warm, sunny, calm day at the beach. Most of the people and all but 2 of the cars were on the dock. Crab season is in full swing and the fishers have had good weather since it started December 1....
September 16, 2009 - Tichenor
We have had rain off and on; no big storm. But, even so, the sand patterns change on the beach.As I walked the day that started with rain was changing to a warm, sunny late afternoon. Very pleasant....
June 9, 2009 - Tichenor
As I sat on a rock to watch the activity at the port, I observed one fishing vessel come in and the fish in containers were hoisted to the dock. One man had apparently just come in from kayaking. He...
March 18, 2009 - Tichenor
Little beach activity; sands mostly clean. On the pocket beach between Battle Rock and Fort Point--where the waves do not wash things away as completely as on the open beaches--there were piles of...


December 10, 2008 - Tichenor
One of a string of calm, beautiful days at the beach here. Beach very clean, quiet. No problems noted.
September 18, 2008 - Tichenor
A typical day at the beach and on the dock. Weather very pleasant (no wind!). The only thing unusual was the large number of jellies on the beach, flat, roughly circular, mostly brown. I counted 57,...
June 6, 2008 - Tichenor
The most unusual factor was the extreme low tide (-2.4). Usually, a lot of people are on the beach at such times, but not today. I did not find one bird carcass in my short "mile" and that seemed...
March 12, 2008 - Tichenor
A very calm day, even at the dock. Empty beach; only a few gulls in the surf.


December 20, 2007 - Tichenor
Although the bird carcasses noted above were of varying ages, I think it likely that most of them were victims of the Dec. 2-3 storm. Several pelicans died in Port Orford during that storm.We have...
September 5, 2007 - Tichenor
Nothing unusual nor of concern
June 16, 2007 - Tichenor
Little activity on the dock; the few people on the beach were there because of the low tide, I think, because you can walk around some of the headlands at very low tide.
March 15, 2007 - Tichenor
A beautiful day: people, dogs and one horse enjoying the beach. I found a large number of dead birds, 12 which seemed to be of the same type (auklets).