Report Details

We stayed until 1:00, when we left there were more and more people showing up hard to estimate total number  Returned at 4:15, estimated 1000 people, 2 boats with trailers.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: -0.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 250. Number of dogs: 30. Walking or running: 159. Sitting: 2. Photography: 3. Tidepooling: 35. Surfing: 45. Kayaking: 5. Other Activities: Climbing on dune, 50. Parked vehicles with trailers, 81.. Sun/shade tents set up, large groups of people setting up for the day

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 150. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 82.

Notable Wildlife

None noted

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Increased erosion of sand exposing trees embedded in lava flow. Sand bar developing just off shore, loose rocks on shore exposed at north end of sand area near tide pool area, this forces boats to approach beach then very sharply to the south to avoid the above, especially apparent at low tide. Dory landing area is steep sand forcing them to land at an angle. Somewhat confusing for some walkers and surfers. Dorys blow horns but it can still be difficult to predict where they will land.

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Morning, 9:00, before crowds arrived
Dory landings, kayakers, surfers, walkers and large picnic groups mixed together
Climbing the dune at cape Kiwanda, you won’t be alone!
Looking south, one of two sand bars have developed this season
Low tide at the north end of the cape, rocks and downed trees exposed, interesting geologic exposure.

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Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

March 9, 2024

Wow what a change from last month! State Parking lot is closed for a couple of months while construction on the new parking lot and restroom continues. The tree ( object I show as a measure of sand deposition ) is really getting uncovered! Survey also for COASST, no beached birds or mammals found. The beach access point at the north end of Bob Straub State Park is still unusable for vehicles, due to a massive erosion event and 5 foot sharp edges to the beach.

Eric Matthews

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

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

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

November 3, 2023

Nice 58 degree mild winds.

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

October 3, 2023

Weather: Cloudy and Wintery, High tide today 3.

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

September 4, 2023

Really a great day!

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

August 2, 2023

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

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

July 11, 2023

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

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

June 1, 2023

Beach is very smooth, no berms built up.

MatthewsE