Mile 49 Report

July 31, 2021
by JaneSkipLegacy

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock
Saturday 12:00 PM
70° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
12 of the people were on the bit of the mile just north of Battle Rock - 3 of whom were fishing in the surf
Apparent Violations:
Not sure they were violations, but there were signs of several fires - probably leftover from the holiday weekend. One looked like a giant bonfire.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
The pickup was just leaving - they had pulled up the holders for surf fishing. The other woman that was there besides us three had a dog who was chewing on some part of the seal carcass we found up the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
Nothing of note
Dead Birds:
Couldn't tell cause of death. Might have been murres, or oystercatchers?
Saw the carcass of what might have been a dead seal. Very flat, very old - but with the 2 found on Battle Rock Beach, that makes 3. :-(
Fish & Invertebrates:
There was a line of what looked like small shrimp casings, or even barnacles, on the southern end of the beach, near the rocks.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets
Found a few bits of fireworks debris, but for the most part the beach was pretty clean.
New Development:
Didn't notice anything unusual - no big changes.
Natural Changes:

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 of the kids were playing in the sand, there. We did not try to go out very far onto the rocks around the headland. The beach was free from much in the way of litter, and the main beach really only had one person and dog besides the three of us. Not much to see and report on, other than the signs of the beach fires, especially one that looked like it was a giant bonfire. See photo.

  • Line of shell casings
    Line of shell casings at southern end of main beach
    southern end of main Port Beach, close to the rocky headland
    July 31, 2021
  • Remains of the big bonfire
    Remains of the big bonfire
    left (south) of the middle of the Port Beach
    July 31, 2021
  • Small Carcass on Port Beach
    Small Carcass on Port Beach
    midway on main Port Beach
    July 31, 2021
Other Mile 49 Reports (31)


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...
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  • 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).