Mile 52 Report

September 2, 2022
by [email protected]

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW
Friday 10:45 AM
56° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Multiple tracks of vehicles/ATVs on beach
Notable Wildlife:
Large flock of ~ 50 gulls on beach includes western gull, California gull, Heerman's gull, herring gull, and Caspian tern. One osprey flying with fish in talons is pursued by 3 additional osprey (fledglings/juveniles?). Flock of nine western snowy plovers includes one adult with partially leucistic plumage and three juveniles. Juveniles may represent recent fledglings from previously detected nests on Agate Beach. Tracks of river otters detected on beach.
Dead Birds:
1 dead gull (unknown species); 2 dead common murre (adults)
Fish & Invertebrates:
High concentration of dead Dungeness crab continue along driftline.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Carapace and leg casings from Dungeness crab appear to be from a die-off and not a molt based on gulls scavenging remains. Surf zone contains possible derelict fishing debris (styrofoam floats and rope bob in surf).
New Development:
Steps down bluff
Private property owner adjacent to beach appears to be installing a new staircase or retaining wall at bluff area.
Natural Changes:

Contacted USFWS and Oregon Dept. of Parks and Recreation to report observations of western snowy plover flock with fledglings/juveniles. ODPR installed protective fencing around western snowy plover nesting areas and posted a new sign about nesting activity at Paradise Point beach access since previous report in early July.


Overcast and cool day with light wind. Seventeen people on beach and three leashed dogs, with 11 visitors searching for agates. No vehicles on beach during survey, but multiple tracks evident. Large gull flock on beach and four osprey active over Lake Garrison. Nine western snowy plovers observed with 1 adult having unusual partially leucistic plumage and 3 juveniles present, possibly representing fledglings from previously reported nests. High numbers of Dungeness crab carapaces and leg parts continue along driftline. One adjacent property appears to be constructing a new staircase or retaining wall at bluff.

  • Driftline Dungeness crab shells
    Dungeness crab shells at driftline
    Agate Beach
    September 2, 2022
  • Western snowy plover juveniles
    Western snowy plover juveniles
    Agate Beach
    September 2, 2022
Other Mile 52 Reports (32)


November 21, 2022 - [email protected]
Beautiful day on Mile 52; 31 people enjoying the beach on a warm and calm afternoon; majority of visitors hunt for agates near the south beach access; two off-leash dogs roam freely; four dogs are...
October 31, 2022 - FinsUp
Large bundles of kelp along the south side of Agate Beach.
July 1, 2022 - [email protected]
Overcast and warm day. Fifteen people on beach and two leashed dogs, with 12 visitors rock hunting. Multiple ATV tracks cover beach from wave slope to dune areas. Five adult western snowy plovers...
  • western snowy plover nest
May 30, 2022 - [email protected]
Calm and cool weather. Fifteen people on beach and four off-leash dogs, with most visitors concentrated near access points at Paradise Point and Tseriadun/Agate Beach. Rock hunting is very popular at...
April 1, 2022 - [email protected]
Breezy day with 5 people and 1 dog on beach. Vehicle tracks cover beach area. Several marine floats bob in surf zone. Pair of western snowy plovers (1 male, 1 female) rest together on upper beach.
February 18, 2022 - [email protected]
Mild weather for winter. Eleven people on beach, mostly hunting for agates. Two dogs (unleashed). Abundant vehicle tracks, but no vehicles currently using beach. Six western snowy plovers resting on...


November 21, 2021 - [email protected]
Calm and warm day (58 degrees F by end of survey). Thirty-five visitors, mostly searching for agates. Fifteen dogs (10 unleashed). Small flock of Western snowy plovers observed in flight and two...
October 2, 2021 - [email protected]
4 people walking on beach; 4 people digging for agates; 1 unleashed dog; no vehicles, but tracks were present. Beach swept mostly clean by recent tides; very little trash or plastic; no "nurdles" (...
  • Marine debris
July 30, 2021 - [email protected]
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...
  • Mile 52 beach
  • Mile 52 beach
  • Mile 52 dunes
  • Mile 52 Garrison Lake


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!


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!


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


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?


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.


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


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.


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.


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...


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 - [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