Mile 1

Winchuck River, Crissey Airport, California border
Curry County

Latitude: 42.005899985416
Longitude: -124.219919956840
  • Motor vehicles are prohibited from Meyers Creek (42° 18.4422', Mile 23), southerly to the Oregon-California border (41° 59.9208', Mile 1).

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Mile 1 Reports (17)


August 31, 2021 - jessejones

Most important observation was the dumped contruction material - mostly wood -  at the end of a rough trail down the west side of dune. Reported it to the staff at the travel center, who also walk the beach, and to the ranger at Harris Beach. Plenty of colorfulful more

  • Awesome root wad and beached wood at the north end of the mile.
  • Close up of debris pile
  • Cobble and seaweeds facing south
  • Wracklines looking north
July 31, 2021 - mmcdowell

Beach looks super clean; no litter except for one dog poo bag. People activity concentrated nearer to Vistor Center on south side of river and closer to mouth of river on north side. Activities: surf fishing, family gatherings, walkers; everyone behaving nicely and happy even in the fog (warm with no wind) more


November 26, 2020 - mmcdowell

Crissey Field Visitor Center and Winchuck River access on north side of river are both opened today. They were both closed when I last visited in July and also within the last month or two as I observed closed gates when driving by. I did not walk on north more

  • Oregon Mile 1 north view
  • Oregon Mile 1 south view


January 13, 2018 - iornman777

There were a few large tires on the beach. We cleaned debris off the beach but was unable to remove large more


January 31, 2014 - floral
Walked the sand dune like area and found the tide very high.. up to the grass in many places toward the Calif. boarder..lots of tree stumps and dead trees on the beach from the Winchuck River I surmise. The waves were not too wild but the tidecame up to more


December 1, 2013 - floral
Mile 1 today was calm seas even though it was highest tide..walking at the Crissy field was easy and interesting driftwood about.Saw a Great blue heron fishing at the mouth of the river.Also saw tow Eagles flying high and sea gulls. When I drove around to the other side more


October 14, 2011 - [email protected]
Fisrst time I've seen so many pelicans hanging around; maybe 30 or more. Unusual, even for this (Pelican)bay. Beautiful sunny shirt sleeve weather and almost no wind. Only a few people about, even tho this is the Oregon Visitor Center; FYI, it is the most well-stocked one I've seen. more
  • Was fun to see thenm diving for food.
  • Mosr driftwood I've seen in a long time.
February 7, 2011 - [email protected]
Very cold and windy. Two people near the visitor center. Center, except for restrooms, closed. Guess it's only open weekkends, under spring arrives. Nothing to report of any more


June 21, 2010 - Barbara
The Winchuck River Mouth has been fascinating to watch. Huge quantities of sand and gravel have moved around. Sand now covering part of clambeds ("Hooray!the clams say). A sand island appears and disappears at the mouth. Mouth has moved substantially north and back again the last few months. Winter more
April 15, 2010 - [email protected]
Everything still in well-kept condition at this mile, which is the Crissey Field Recreation Area (and Visitor Center, USFS, etc.). It still looks like an intrusion into the area, but maybe time will mellow things. There is a Park host RV located off the main road, but no camping/picnicing more
January 26, 2010 - [email protected]
Beautiful sunny and warm day. Lots of people out walking the beach. Almost no litter to be seen--someone's doing a good job (or hopefully, everyone)and it shows from my last more
  • Many dozen seagulls congregated at the mouth of the Winchuck River.


October 12, 2009 - Barbara
Last day before first storm approaching. New ugly buildings visible: Crissey Field Visitor Center and huge new palace-style "home" at mouth of Winchuck. Beach more
July 26, 2009 - [email protected]
Bright, sunny day at this Park/Visitor Center. Lots of people out enjoying themselves. Only problem noticed was that there was much litter everywhere. One man with Volunteer hat was collecting trash in the parking lot. Park is getting more landscaping plantings and will end up looking pretty good (except more
  • Crissey Field Visitor Center
March 9, 2009 - [email protected]
Mile 1 is the site for the new Crissey State Park & Visitor Welcome Center. Has been open only about 2 weeks. Minor trash on beach, such as tennis shoes, tangle of rope, plastic bottles. Next time I plan to take a garbage bag. Area landscaping is not bad, more


May 17, 2008 - [email protected]
This is not my mile, but I am switching to it for ease of access. (See report for Mile 2) It was Saturday and no construction activity was visible. The visitor center building is going up -- see photo.Site is still closed to general more
  • Construction is not very far along.  It appears to be on the highest land at the wayside.  Not visible from the north side of Winchuck R.


November 4, 2007 - floral
This is not my mile but did want to see how the area is coming with the new construction. Big Hole and lots of work going on....beach was enjoyed by several on this beautiful more
  • Excavation for new Visitor Center, on site of old Crissey Field, almost adjacent to the beach. Shore pines atop foredunes in background.
  • Residence perched on bench at mouth of Winchuck River
May 27, 2007 - mmcdowell
Access to the beach south of Winchuck R. is strewn with homeless type trash. There is a semi-abandoned looking RV parked along the access trail, brought in from the south end roads. Might not be abandoned? The beach was clean; neither natural nor trash debris to speak of. I more