Report Details

Busy busy day at the cape.  500 cars parked is just a number, lot was full people circling for a spot.   We saw three wedding parties and one engagement party.  Many walkers, surfers and sitters present.  Minor garbage, plastic toys and cigarette butts main garbage seen.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 7.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 250. Number of dogs: 18. Walking or running: 150. Playing in surf: 3. Playing in sand: 14. Sitting: 45. Tidepooling: 8. Surfing: 30. Other Activities: Playing volleyball, tenting, e bikes. Plenty of visitors today. Cloudy and cool, big surf, high tide, little exposed shoreline. Felt more like winter shore than fall except wedding parties in restaurant, and lots of visitors

Concerns

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

Apparent violations: Many people ((40 at least) beyond fencing near cliff edges, including a formal wedding proposal with camera crew and 13 attendees above the western cliff edge..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 500. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. Common murre

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. A emancipated deer was seen on outer part of cape, standing, then laying down. Not walking.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.).

Actions & Comments

Boat ramp is being eroded by wave action causing vehicles to exit ramp much earlier.  There is little exposed beach so that dory landing at high tide is challeng for boaters.

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

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September 4, 2023

Really a great day!

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

August 2, 2023

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