Report Details

Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion gullies and sliding of vegetation areas.  


Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 9.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 4. Surfing: 3. At 9:30 few people on this mile. At 11:30, walkers 12, observers standing at parking lot edge 25, people climbing on dune/rocks 5, dogs 9. No vehicles.


Climbing bluffs/seastacks, People/dogs/vehicles in closure areas

Notable Wildlife

2 seals in waves, 28 turnstones on rocks, 3 bald eagles perching and soaring over cape, 6 black skaters on surf

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea). Many small pieces of plastic items, some pieces of rope

Man-made Modifications

New concrete blocks on south edge of boat ramp

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Erosion of vegetated foredune, Visible retreat of solid bluff. Waves pounding from south side of cape creating thunderous noise on the opposite side. Suspect increased cave erosion and potential break through in near future.

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Mile 261

February 7, 2024

A lot of winter damage to the foredunes noted. Construction workers working on the new boat ramp and replacing and relocating some drainage pipes. Photos showing bulldozer shift sand by residence. 1 dory and 3 fishermen getting picked up

Eric Matthews

Mile 261

November 3, 2023

Nice 58 degree mild winds.


Mile 261

October 3, 2023

Weather: Cloudy and Wintery, High tide today 3.


Mile 261

September 4, 2023

Really a great day!


Mile 261

August 2, 2023

Drift- Wrack and Surf Zones seem to differ along the beach.


Mile 261

July 11, 2023

Nice smooth beach Foredunes are nice and smooth, no sharp edges.


Mile 261

June 1, 2023

Beach is very smooth, no berms built up.


Mile 261

May 17, 2023

Foredune increasing south of boat ramp, foredune below condominiums continues to sluffing and expose riprap rocks below.