Mile 52 Report

July 30, 2021
by [email protected]

Location:
Curry
Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW
Conditions:
Friday 9:45 AM
Sunny
52° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
26
Dogs:
7
Activities:
Walking / Running:
13
Sitting:
4
Rockhunting:
9
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Some agate collectors use shovels, excavating large areas of the beach in search of agates. A State Park regulatory sign at entrance to Agate Beach states that "no person shall dig up, deface, or remove any soil, rock, fossil materials..." This activity could also cause disturbance to wildlife (western snowy plovers have been observed on this beach - unknown if breeding occurs)
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
10
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
Four dogs were off-leash. State Park regulatory sign at beach entrance states that dogs must be leashed. ATV drove north towards Elk River (Mile 53)
Notable Wildlife:
High numbers of Brown Pelicans offshore (51 birds observed during survey). Common murre adults with chicks offshore. Chicks very vocal. One Long-billed curlew observed near surf.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
1 dead Common Murre chick 1 unknown dead seabird (no head - black and white plumage)
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Driftline very clean: no kelp, no trash, one dead crab Two floats bobbing in surf just offshore - unknown if abandoned fishing debris or active fishing gear. Mussel bed exposed at south end of beach contains a metal research tag.
New Development:
Modifications:
Private landowners have created access trails from their properties to the beach. A property owner recently cut down shore pines along bluff overlooking beach, possibly to improve view. Loss of trees may lead to bluff erosion. Unknown if property is private or belongs to state.
Natural Changes:
Comments:

Plan to research property ownership where shore pines were cut.

Summary:

Most human (26 people) and dog (7) activity was concentrated at the south end of Agate Beach. Almost 50% of the visitors were searching or digging for agates. Excavations created by digging for agates cover large portions of the beach. Over half of the dogs were off-leash. Two people riding one ATV entered the beach at Paradise Point and drove north. 

Driftline was very clean, with almost no visible debris. Very few shorebirds present on beach. Surveyor observed one Long-billed curlew on waveslope. At least 9 adult murres with one chick each observed offshore. One dead common murre chick found on beach, as well as one unidentified dead seabird.

One private property owner recently cut down shore pines along bluff edge. Surveyor will research property ownership to determine if pines were on private or state property.

  • Mile 52 beach
    Beach at north end of Mile 52 (looking south)
    N 42.762227 W 124.516377 (northwest of Paradise Point to show survey start location)
    July 30, 2021
  • Mile 52 beach
    Beach at south end of Mile 52 (looking north)
    N 42.743792 W 124.511825
    July 30, 2021
  • Mile 52 dunes
    Dune system between Garrison Lake and Agate Beach
    N 42.755766 W 124.512803 (at north end of dunes, west of Garrison Lake, looking south)
    July 30, 2021
  • Mile 52 Garrison Lake
    Garrison Lake
    N 42.755402 W 124.512486 (west of Garrison Lake, looking east)
    July 30, 2021
Other Mile 52 Reports (23)

2018

November 8, 2018 - Laurie Prouty
Beautiful Fall Day!  Ocean calm and clear. Only trash was fishing ropes buried in the sand.  
April 22, 2018 - Peacecoaster
Routine day at Agate Beach.  Very little litter.  What a beauftiful way to celebrate Earth Day!

2016

December 29, 2016 - Laurie Prouty
Beautiful day!  Lots of people out collecting agates.  Fairly calm day for Port Orford.  Lots of driftwood treasures and rocks for all.
  • Sea Butterfly- Corolla Spectabilis-casing
  • paradise point dinosaur!

2014

April 26, 2014 - laurieP
Nice day, a bit windy and big surf. Lots of rocks and agates. found this one clump of some kind of eggs??
  • mass of eggs at tideline

2013

June 18, 2013 - Laurie Prouty
didn't know what this egg casing was from or is it some kind of jelly fish??? Nice quiet day at the beach, lots of kelp.
  • didn't know if this was an egg casing or jelly fish?

2012

August 5, 2012 - laurieP
Lots of people out enjoying the rare non-windy august day in port orford. not much driftwood or agates, everything seems covered up with sand. Very calm day.

2011

September 19, 2011 - Laurie Prouty
Beautiful September Day! Lots of sand covering up all the agates. Only 3 pieces of trash, not bad.

2010

January 18, 2010 - Laurie Prouty
the ocean has breeched into Garrison Lake at high tide. High surf and high tides allow the waters to merge. The beach looks very different, getting flatter everyday.

2009

June 3, 2009 - [email protected]
All was peaceful and calm. Pelicans flying in lines and CA sealions swimming and barking. Only one person, surf fishing. I picked up one small plastic bag of litter, a few plastic bottles and a...
March 18, 2009 - [email protected]
There were few people on the beach this day, only two and only one van in the parking area. The beach looked clean and typical of Paradise Point beach...pebbles, agates, bullwhip kelp and driftwood,...
  • Several clumps of red rocks were observed at the base of the cliff/bluff at Paradise Point. This appears to be erosion of the cliff near the parking lot. The red rock structure of the cliff can be seen in the gorse photo.

2008

October 17, 2008 - [email protected]
The beach was clean and lovely. Very quiet day. There were two dead murres and one dead Harbor Seal.This beach still attracts illegal ATV use. One dune buggy problem occurred this summer. State...
September 20, 2008 - Laurie Prouty
My friend and I picked up trash as part of the SOLV program. There wasn't as much trash as previous times. Perhaps the sand is covering it all up or maybe, just maybe, people are being more...
February 23, 2008 - [email protected]
A very quiet morning on the beach. My dog and I were the only ones there. Everything was very clean. There was quite a bit of sand build up on the foredune. There was evidence of ATV activity but no...

2007

November 25, 2007 - Laurie Prouty
Just wanted to let everyone know that Tseriadun State Park (Agate Beach) in Port Orford has re-opened after being closed almost 11 months. The Park reopened on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. It is...
November 24, 2007 - [email protected]
Lots of beach driftwood and rocks from high tide and rough surf. Not much trash around. The people I encountered on an ATV, not a street legal one, claimed to have handicapped permits. There are...
October 11, 2007 - [email protected]
Lots of natural debris from the recent storm, kelp and driftwood. One dead sea lion. There was evidence of someone having had a fire and there was a structure of driftwood in a teepee form. I intend...
September 16, 2007 - Laurie Prouty
We still have to put our kayaks in and go to Agate Beach via Garrison Lake. It was the Fall Beach Clean Up Day so we cleaned our mile. Only 1 bag of trash and two big clumps of rope. There was...
September 13, 2007 - [email protected]
It was a very peaceful, foggy, calm morning. Lovely for a walk. The ocean breakers were very LOUD, cracking like whips, but the sea was calm. The beach was very sandy and clean, not too many areas...
June 18, 2007 - carols[email protected]
I notified Robin Sears of the Parks and Recreation Dept. of the illegal ATV operation. I was unable to verify registration or handicap sticker with certainty.
June 10, 2007 - Laurie Prouty
Lovely day. We picked up about 3/4 of a big trash bag of trash; 75% plastic bottles. Hopefully with the new water bottle bill that will make them worth a few cents, there won't be as many of them...
June 8, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful day. High tide was at 5:22 am so tide was "in-between" somewhat when I walked at 8:15 am. Beach really clean. I was able to picked up all the debris I found except for some broken wood...
April 20, 2007 - [email protected]
This is not a full report, as I was just walking a part of the mile with my visiting sister. I am sending a report because of finding the dead sea lion. I contacted Dave Bilderback of the Marine...
March 7, 2007 - [email protected]
This is my first report on this area, but I have been walking this area for three years. Things look pretty usual for this time of year.There were bull whip kelp knots, much driftwood, some very big...
  • D. Bilderback (left) "showing the ropes" to new coast watcher, C. Strenkoski
  • D. Bilderback giving advice to C. Strenkoski
  • General view of Mile 52