Report Details

Most human (26 people) and dog (7) activity was concentrated at the south end of Agate Beach. Almost 50% of the visitors were searching or digging for agates. Excavations created by digging for agates cover large portions of the beach. Over half of the dogs were off-leash. Two people riding one ATV entered the beach at Paradise Point and drove north. Driftline was very clean, with almost no visible debris. Very few shorebirds present on beach. Surveyor observed one Long-billed curlew on waveslope. At least 9 adult murres with one chick each observed offshore. One dead common murre chick found on beach, as well as one unidentified dead seabird.One private property owner recently cut down shore pines along bluff edge. Surveyor will research property ownership to determine if pines were on private or state property.

Conditions

Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 1.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 26. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 13. Sitting: 4. Four dogs were off-leash. State Park regulatory sign at beach entrance states that dogs must be leashed. ATV drove north towards Elk River (Mile 53)

Concerns

Apparent violations: Some agate collectors use shovels, excavating large areas of the beach in search of agates. A State Park regulatory sign at entrance to Agate Beach states that "no person shall dig up, deface, or remove any soil, rock, fossil materials..." This activity could also cause disturbance to wildlife (western snowy plovers have been observed on this beach - unknown if breeding occurs).

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 10. ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed: 1.

Notable Wildlife

High numbers of Brown Pelicans offshore (51 birds observed during survey). Common murre adults with chicks offshore. Chicks very vocal. One Long-billed curlew observed near surf.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. 1 dead Common Murre chick 1 unknown dead seabird (no head - black and white plumage)

Driftline Content

Driftline very clean: no kelp, no trash, one dead crab Two floats bobbing in surf just offshore - unknown if abandoned fishing debris or active fishing gear. Mussel bed exposed at south end of beach contains a metal research tag.

Man-made Modifications

Private landowners have created access trails from their properties to the beach. A property owner recently cut down shore pines along bluff overlooking beach, possibly to improve view. Loss of trees may lead to bluff erosion. Unknown if property is private or belongs to state.

Actions & Comments

Plan to research property ownership where shore pines were cut.

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Beach at north end of Mile 52 (looking south)
Beach at south end of Mile 52 (looking north)
Dune system between Garrison Lake and Agate Beach
Garrison Lake

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All Mile 52 Reports

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

June 23, 2024

Do to the 20 mph winds there was limited presence of humans or animals.

Tam Donato

Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

May 29, 2024

Everything seemed fine but I thought it was weird there were no birds

Brian / Michaela Donato

Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

May 7, 2024

There was a lot of small wood debris.

Brian Donato

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

May 7, 2024

There was a lot of small wood debris.

Brian Donato

Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

March 26, 2024

Velella velella in the wrackline.

Crystal Roy

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

October 8, 2023

Most notable observations were the large amount of wrack debris, including fresh kelp, small woody debris, and remnants of dead gorse plants scattered along waveslope.

Alison Cebula

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

September 9, 2023

Hazy conditions due to smoke from wildfires in wilderness areas east of Port Orford. Juvenile snowy plover and common murre chick offshore indicate successful nesting. Bleached barnacles on rocks may indicate disease or exposure to extreme temperatures. New home construction noted at southeast end of beach.

Alison Cebula

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

August 27, 2023

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