Report Details

The Pistol River remains closed from the ocean. A large number of pelicans and gulls mingled with a few cormorants seem to be 'headquartering' at the lake feature that accumulates just past the bridge when the river is blocked. Photos will be uploaded later.


Temperature: 63 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 1.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 22. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 8. Playing in surf: 4. Playing in sand: 6. Sitting: 7. Photography: 5.


Apparent violations: none.


Cars/trucks parking: 9.

Notable Wildlife

120 pelicans, 3 semi-palmated plover, 20 sanderling, 1 osprey, 1 oystercatcher (July 21), 1 whimbrel (July 21), 2 ravens, 12 double-crested cormorants, approx 50 gulls (Western?), - 6 large kelp with bulbs- 2 sponge- about 12 dead crab shells

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. none

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Small rocks, Wood pieces. 1 tire

Actions & Comments

There are now dunes accumulating about 50 meters in from the highest tide incursion between the ocean and land-locked lagoon along side hwy 101. These have stands of European beachgrass growing in them and appear fairly stable over the last month or two.

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April 12, 2021

Flock of Buffleheads on the river.


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April 9, 2021

Overall clean, windswept beach with lots of massive driftwood and notable dune erosion.


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April 15, 2016

The information and photo are from John Chapman at HMSC.

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January 28, 2012

This "hotspot" for international windsurfing competition in the summertime,the Pistol River Wave Bash is nearly abandoned now and there was no one else to see the sunset from there tonight .


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Mile 22

August 12, 2008

The Pistol River remains closed from the ocean.