Mile 8 Report

April 24, 2019
by lovlielovie

Location:
Curry
Harris Beach SP picnic area, Goat Island
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:45 AM
Foggy
53° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
-0.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
20
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
14
Playing in sand:
2
Sitting:
6
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
12
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Cormorant in flight, lots of small rock crabs scurrying in the rocks at the northern most section of mile 8, one sea star on the beach, also an abundance of poison oak sprouting up in the trail behind the rocks south of the parking area
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Wood pieces·Styrofoam
Dog poop
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Newly exposed roots/trees falling
Comments:
Summary:

A very calm, foggy negative tide - .3 feet as I was unable to put in the - in the report tide section.  Effectively able to walk the entire mile with only some bouldering and logs across creeks. Saw about 20 people on the southern section of the mile just walking it sitting and enjoying the low tide. 1 small dog on a leash.  Not a lot of gulls or other birds this morning but one cormorant in flight and lots of live rock crabs plus one lonely, alive sea star on the beach. Last week I saw a single otter at the northern tip of mile 8! No sign today. Huge trees and other wood debris along all beaches due to storms several weeks ago. Saw very little micro plastic but did find one large fishing lure. 

Land slide south of the parking area. Tree down with exposed roots. Also plenty of poison oak on the trail behind the big rocks at the south end. 

  • Cove at the northern most point of mile 8
    Cove at the northern most point of mile 8
    April 24, 2019
  • About 1/4 mile heading south from the top of the mile on the drift line looking north
    About 1/4 mile heading south from the top of the mile on the drift line looking north
    April 24, 2019
  • Landslide with large tree and exposed roots
    About 50 yards south of the Harris Beach parking area
    April 24, 2019
  • Drift line of trees and wood debris
    About 1/2 way into the mile looking north
    April 24, 2019
  • Poison Oak
    Along the trail behind the big rocks south of the Harris Beach parking area
    April 24, 2019
  • Sea Star on the beach
    About 20 yards north of the large rocks at the end of the mile
    April 24, 2019
  • Logs across Harris Creek for crossing
    10 yards north of Harris Beach parking area
    April 24, 2019
Other Mile 8 Reports (15)

2017

December 4, 2017 - DewPoint Dave
King Tide (8.6 ft.) at 11:13 am kept most of the people in their cars at Harris Beach State Park.Note: Photo has been submitted to the 'King Tide Project."
September 23, 2017 - DewPoint Dave
Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area was full of activity this beautiful Saturday morning with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The amount of beach sand brought in by Mother Nature this summer in...
May 14, 2017 - DewPoint Dave
After several days of rain families and individuals were enjoying a sunny morning at Harris Beach State Park. Five Black Oystercatchers were observed feeding near the shoreline and these were...

2016

December 14, 2016 - DewPoint Dave
Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area, King Tide (+8.7 ft) at 10:00 am left very little beach area for recreation.
May 13, 2016 - DewPoint Dave
240 7th Grade students from Medford greatly increased the head count on Mile 8 on May 13, 2016. The students enjoyed playing beach volleyball, football toss, playing in the surf, and beachcombing....
  • 240 7th Grade students from Medford enjoying volleyball and other beach activities at Harris Beach State Park.
  • Seasonal beach erosion exposing rocks where beach sand normally covers the landscape. Bird Island is in the background.

2015

June 5, 2015 - [email protected]
I covered the miles both North and South of Harris Creek and was pleasantly surprised at the health of the sea star population.
  • Good indicator of how far out the tide was
  • Chiton
  • Another Ochre Sea Star
  • Another view of the previous sea Star
  • Pair of Ochre Sea Star
February 22, 2015 - DewPoint Dave
Another beautiful February day welcomed a number of beachgoers at Harris Beach State Park. The beach area was vast at low tide and the surface had been swept clean of debris by the recent King Tides...
  • Mile 8, King Tide (+8.2 FT) at Harris Beach State Park on January 19, 2015. Bird Island is in the upper left corner of the photo, and the lower parking area at Harris Beach State Park is on the right side of the photo.
  • Mile 8, King Tide (+8.3 FT) at Harris Beach State Park on January 20, 2015. Bird Island is in the background, and the walking ramp leading from the lower parking lot at Harris Beach State Park to the beach is in the upper right area of the photo.
  • Low tide (+1.0 FT) at Harris Beach State Park on February 24, 2015. Bird Island is in the background, and the walking ramp leading from the lower parking lot at Harris Beach State Park to the beach is in the upper right area of the photo.
  • A very clean beach at Harris Beach State Park with very little debris was found on February 22, 2015. This may be the result of the recent King Tides as well as the absence of recent major storms in the area.
  • Beautiful sea anemones and ochre sea stars were plentiful in the tidepools at Harris Beach State Park, Mile 8, during low tide.
  • Beautiful sea anemones (pink?) were found in the tidepools at Harris Beach State Park, Mile 8, during low tide.
  • A leather sea star waiting anxiously for the tide to come in so it could relax more in it's normal sub-tidal environment.
  • A gumboot chiton, also known as "the wandering meatloaf," was observed in the tidepools during low tide at Harris Beach State Park, Mile 8.
  • Black Katy chitons were found in several of the tidepools during low tide at Harris Beach State Park, Mile 8.
  • A beautiful blood star was found in one of the  tidepools during low tide at Harris Beach State Park, Mile 8.
  • A "white" sea star, approximately 1 inch in diameter, was observed at low tide on March 10, 2015 in a tidepool at Harris Beach State Park, Mile 8.

2014

December 30, 2014 - DewPoint Dave
A cool but beautiful morning at low tide was being enjoyed by 21 people and 5 dogs on Mile 8 at Harris Beach S. P. picnic area, Goat (Bird) Island. Eight cars and one RV were counted in the lower...
  • Seagulls enjoying the fresh water of Harris Creek in front of Bird Island at low tide (+2.0 FT)
  • Very clean beach at low tide (+2.0 FT) at Harris Beach S.P. picnic area with Bird Island in the background.
  • Giant log resting on rocks and tree limbs after wave action from December King Tides and high surf from recent storms.
  • Giant log resting on rocks and tree limbs after wave action from December King Tides and high surf from recent storms. Bird Island is in the background.
  • A beach monster, a giant spider, a catapult, or ???
  • Giant log resting on rocks and tree limbs after wave action from December King Tides and high surf from recent storms. Bird Island is in the background.
  • Mixture of conglomerate, sandstone, shale, and volcanic rock make up this rock art.
September 9, 2014 - DewPoint Dave
Twenty-six people and eleven dogs were seen enjoying the sunny weather along Mile 8 at Harris Beach State Park. Twelve cars and trucks were counted in the parking area above the beach. The natural...
  • View of Goat Island (Bird Island) taken from parking area at Harris Beach S.P. at high tide (+7.6 FT) on Sept 10, 2014. Note that the ponding of Harris Creek in the foreground is being breached by the high tide.
  • View of low tide (+2.0 FT) looking south from parking area at Harris Beach S.P. Note the natural ponding of Harris Creek making it difficult for people to access the beach area from the parking lot.
  • View at high tide (+7.6 FT) on Sept 10, 2014 looking south from parking area at Harris Beach S.P. Note that the ponding from Harris Creek is being breached by the high tide.
  • View of accumulation of seagrass and kelp at the northern end of mile 8 at Harris Beach S.P. Picnic Area.
  • View looking south at Harris Beach S.P. picnic area at low tide (+2.0 FT). Note the clean beach area, relatively free from seagrass, kelp, and other debris.
  • View at low tide (+2.0 FT) showing the beginning of seasonal beach erosion at Harris Beach S.P. Picnic Area, Goat Island (Bird Island).
  • Mesoglea jelly, varying in size from an inch to 6 inches in diameter, was found in the driftline at over a dozen places along mile 8 at low tide (+2.0).
July 4, 2014 - [email protected]
At least two whales spouting and breaching South of Goat Island at a distance of between 1/2 and 1 mile offshore. Assume these are residents who are not migrating North
May 20, 2014 - DewPoint Dave
Nineteen people and four dogs (on leashes) were seen enjoying a beautiful day and a very clean beach area at Harris Beach State Park. All 16 cars and 1 RV were located in the parking lot above the...
  • Photo taken at low tide (minus 0.1) from the beach area below the parking lot at Harris Beach SP - looking west toward Bird Island.
  • Photo of an Arch Rock taken at low tide (minus 0.1) near the south end of Mile 8.
  • Harbor Seals taking a rest at low tide (minus 0.1) on the east, or shore side, of Bird Island at Harris Beach State Park.
  • View at low tide (minus 0.1) of Mile 8, looking north from a bluff at Harris Beach S.P.
  • View at low tide (minus 0.1) of Mile 8 looking south from a bluff adjacent to the parking area at Harris Beach State Park
  • Metal Buoy was found on an on-shore rock near the north end of Mile 8. It apparently had washed  ashore earlier in May and had been placed on a high rock by someone. I collected the buoy and moved it to my home in case someone wants it.
  • Map of Mile 8 with Metal Buoy location (see other photo of metal buoy and description).
  • Walkers enjoying a beautiful day at Harris Beach State Park. Note how clean the beach is at low tide (minus 0.1).  Bird Island is on the left side of photo.

2011

September 19, 2011 - George
A busy afternoon at Harris Beach despite the fog. Nothing alarming to report. First sighting by this observer of a semipalmated plover at this location.
June 21, 2011 - George
Harris Beach was a scene of bustling activity, human and natural, on a clear warm day. The beach itself was remarkably free of litter and ocean debris. Sand levels have been restored since the...
March 16, 2011 - George
At Harris Beach the tsunami of 3/11/11 consisted of ebb and flow from the normal highest tide to much lower than the normal lowest tide on a cycle of 7 - 8 minutes for at least 6 hours. The...
  • Usually one sees only rough gray rocks at Harris Beach.  Theses smooth red ones were uncovered by the constant surges of the 3/11/11 tsunami.

2010

December 20, 2010 - George
A stormy day with just a few storm watchers and relatively little other activity. Lots of driftwood movement in recent storms. Access ramp from parking lot has much improved a hazardous access path...
  • A bit of the driftwood washing up on Harris Beach during the recent storms.
  • Relatively new access ramp and protective riprap at Harris Beach.