Mile 143

South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Douglas County

Latitude: 43.623159772932
Longitude: -124.215394353690
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the south bank at the Umpqua River (43° 40.0818', Mile 146) southerly to the Douglas County-Coos County line (43° 36.7314', Mile 142).
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South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Mile 143 Reports (13)


December 9, 2021 - kmwifish

The only time we saw other people was at the entrance to the beach, by the tsunami number sign.  It was a blissfully deserted beach day.  I picked up the usual large bag of trash and dragged a couple of floats back to the dumpster at the Umpqua dunes more

November 11, 2021 - kmwifish

The day was uneventful, the garbage not as plentiful as other times.  I picked up one big plastic bag of more

October 7, 2021 - mruggiero

10 people on beach, including 5 birdwatchers, 2 dogs (one of which was off leash), people walking with off leash dog allowed dog to chase gulls and were pushing a flock of sandlerings down the beach in front of them. 8 dead birds (reported to COASST) mostly common murres more

July 30, 2021 - kmwifish

We arrived at Wincheser Bay smack dab in the middle of Dune Fest.  The campgrounds were full and the number of people and vehicles of all kinds, including what seemed like a dune buggy for every human, was staggering.  Vehicles were parked on both sides of the road leading more

February 3, 2021 - kmwifish

There was much more plastic trash this time, than when we went in October.  There was a more defined bluff along part of the beach, indicating sand had been piled up.  There was a lot of driftwood and trash on the top of the bluffs, less on the wet more


October 23, 2020 - kmwifish

The beach was mostly deserted and there were few birds.  We saw one seal peeking over the whitecaps at more

January 26, 2020 - kmwifish

The biggest thing I found was the water heater tank.  There were only 3 seagulls and a small flock of sandpipers  Quite windy, lovely to have the beach to myself (I walk farther than my mile).read more


October 28, 2019 - kmwifish

We saw 5 other humans (2 when we started walking south and 3 when we returned) and one dog, besides we two and our dog.  They were all walking on the beach, but none went very far (it was a chilly, windy, sunny day).  Most humans who come to Umpqua Dunes stay on more


October 21, 2013 - AnnMissy
The beach was deserted except for us. It was somewhat foggy and windy so not the best day for a stroll on the beach. Did see 3 birds that were dead and washed up on shore...picture below. Picked up few items but beach was mostly more
January 20, 2013 - AnnMissy
Beach looked good other than some bluffing from the higher water. Not too much garbage to collect. Had an enjoyable walk with our daughter, son-in-law, grandsons and two dogs. One grandson found about a dozen, intact sand more


October 14, 2012 - AnnMissy
The mile was very quiet with no notable changes. The day was cloudy and windy so not a very nice day to be on the beach. There was lots and lots of kelp in several locations along the mile. We, and our dog, were the only people on the more
  • We found many mounds of kelp...more than we generally see.
March 26, 2012 - AnnMissy
Mile 143 is pretty non-exciting. Just basic sand movement and usual shells, drift wood, bird etc. We saw no dead wildlife or physical changes. Were several plastic bottle that we picked up along with some other "man-made" items. There were 5 in our group (daughter & grandsons) and two more
  • Grandsons and daughter helped us walk our beach mile while they were visiting during spring break. We had our faithful helper dogs with us. Ours is Amos (picture included). He was tired out as we all were. Was a fun time.


September 8, 2007 - twright
Less than the normal invertebrates. One wood box on beach 2' x 2' x 4'read more