Mile 148

Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Army Hill
Douglas County

Latitude: 43.693970175400
Longitude: -124.198380498470
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is allowed from approximately one mile south of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (43° 47.4330', Mile 155) to the Umpqua River, (43° 40.3404', Mile 146).
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Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Army Hill
Mile 148 Reports (3)

2009

October 11, 2009 - Foggy
Lots of birds but few humans on this remote stretch of beach. Crab boat just offshore; large ship at anchor perhaps 10 miles offshore, possibly dumping ballast. There's a bird radar installation on foredune just south of Sparrow Park Road access on Mile 151.read more
  • Geo-Marine Inc. is setting up a bird radar station, probably to count birds after dark, when we humans can't see.
  • 3 immature and one adult Double-crested Cormorant
  • Brown Pelicans headed out to sea, showing how they tail-gate in flight.
  • Brown Pelicans headed north. Note black, gray and white on wings and body.
  • View of Sanderlings in dense group, showing how they're all on one leg, and eyes closed.
  • Some sort of bee taking advantage of Summer's last blossoms on European Searocket, <em>Cakile maritima</em>.
  • Crab boat Delma Ann tending a trap just outside the surf

2008

December 5, 2008 - Scotty
A beautiful day, strong off shore wind as we (two folks) started from Sparrow Park Rd access walking south to the jetty. Day warmed rapidly and wind died down. Typical winter windswept beach. Along the whole stretch we picked up 1- 1/2 30-gallon bags of litter.read more
  • Photo shot at Sparrow Park Rd access
June 27, 2008 - Foggy
Brown water of diatom bloom, many crab carcasses. ATV tracks. No humans or dogs.read more
  • Very dark brown (but not cloudy) water, presumably from diatom bloom. This is a frequent occurance in Summer, when strong north winds cause upwelling.
  • Much more than the normal number of Dungeness and Mole crab carcasses and parts all the way along the mile. Note also the greenish foam, presumably the result of upwelling and possibly a cause of the crab die-off.
  • Pacific mole crab - Emerita analoga. Head is to right. Total length about 5 cm.
  • Mole crab, bottom. Bright orange is eggs, so this is a female. Note tail, and "flipper" appendages for burrowing in the sand.
  • Closeup of three scavenging isopods (prob Cirolana harfordi) 0.5 - 1.0 cm long burrowing under carcass of a bay shrimp (about 3 cm long).
  • 2-wheel and 4-wheel ATV tracks, lots of driftwood, foredune with both American and European beachgrass, shells in driftline.