Mile 154

Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Butterfly Lake
Douglas County

Latitude: 43.781410055924
Longitude: -124.174445158420
  • 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, west of Butterfly Lake
Mile 154 Reports (25)


April 7, 2022 - Eugene Hikers

Six Eugene Hikers parked at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115. Four cars were observed in parking lot. It was a beautiful, calm, sunny day (69 degree temp). There were 3 other people observed walking on beach, and one of them was more

February 10, 2022 - Eugene Hikers

Four Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot (4 other cars present), hiked Dunes Trail, and accessed beach at Emergency Sign #115.  It was foggy, windy, and desolate on beach - only 3 other people observed walking onto beach as Hikers leaving.  No wildlife dead or alive observed more


July 8, 2021 - Eugene Hikers

9 Eugene Hikers parked (2 cars) at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot - 3 other cars were there.  They hiked the beach access trail to the beach and south to Emergency Sign #115A.  Beach was sunny, 65 degrees, light wind from NW.  Observed 5 snowy plovers (Inc. 3 chicks) within more

February 8, 2021 - Eugene Hikers

Hikers parked at Tahkenitch CG lot, where there were 2 other cars, and accessed beach on Dunes Trail at Emergency Sign #115.  Sections of the fence on bluff blocking beach access next to that trail are down. It was cloudy, 45 degrees, with a light wind from northwest, and more

January 15, 2021 - oldMGguy

I hiked the 3-Mile Lake - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail today, starting and ending in the Tahkenitch Dune Campground trailhead parking lot.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and southern half of Mile 155.

I met just one trail runner on the entire 6.2 mile loop.  Only more


August 27, 2020 - Eugene Hikers

8 Eugene Hikers ("Hikers") parked at Tahkenitch Campground day area and accessed the beach on Tahkenitch Dunes trail.  Hikers were on Mile 154 for 2 hours.  They observed 6 other people walking on beach and one dog.  The ocean was flat from high tide, beach calm, weather low 60's more


October 10, 2019 - Eugene Hikers

Four Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115.  One other car observed at start and one truck observed upon leaving parking lot.  Hikers backtracked for their return and were on Mile 154 from about 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. more

May 23, 2019 - Eugene Hikers

Eight Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground lot and hiked trail to beach access at Sign 115.  (See picture 12).  The group accessed beach for Mile 154 at about 11:00 am and left about 1:00 pm at Three Mile Lake Trail at Sign 115A.  A snowy plover protection area was marked more


August 30, 2018 - Eugene Hikers

10 Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154 with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Took Tahkenitch Dunes Trail, entered beach at Emerg. Sign #115, then back on 3 MIle Lake trail (Emerg. Sign #115A).  Many areas roped off for snowy plover protection both near north access and along sand bluff on beach. more

June 13, 2018 - oldMGguy

Hiked the Three Mile Lake - ocean beach - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail (6 miles) today.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and the south half of Mile 155.  Met only two other hikers all day and had the entire ocean beach all to myself!  Very more

May 3, 2018 - Eugene Hikers

Ten Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154, starting from Tahkenitch Dunes Trail.  The beach was very calm with a lack of animal life (birds, sea mammals), and one other person walking.  There were crab shells and velalla velalla jelly fish, netting and rope near driftline.  At the north end, there more


August 2, 2017 - Eugene Hikers

No debris, white sand, steep slope to water.  Data sheet misplacedread more

March 2, 2017 - Eugene Hikers

Six Eugene Hikers participated along with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Parked and accessed Mile 154 at Tahkenitch CG lot and used beach access around blocked off area.  There had been a recent storm and earthquake near Japan.  Particularly at north end, there was evidence of new bluff erosion, retreat more


January 22, 2012 - LBacon
Hiked to beach from Tahkenitch Campground. Significant beach lowering and foredune erosion at north end of mile. Very little trash and debris. Trees and brush washed out along Tahkenitch Creek and some carried out to sea and returned to beach. Beautiful winter day. Tide was high when I walked more


June 20, 2011 - LBacon
Beautiful day for a beach hike. Beach was relatively free of trash. Noticed increased erosion of foredune near the north of of the mile close to Tahkenitch Creek outlet. Saw one set of tire tracks in the closure area. Dozens of dead crabs along my mile. Camped at Threemile more
  • found on beach log
March 6, 2011 - LBacon
Pleasant weather, a little cool with gentle north wind. Beach unusually clean of man-made debris. Many root wads and dead trees, particularly on the north part from bank erosion and resulting washing away of vegetation along Tahkenitch Creek just to the north of my mile. No signs of vehicle more


October 18, 2010 - LBacon
Beach was very clean, only picked up small amount of trash. It had gained a bit of sand during the summer and since my last observation. Saw tracks indicating ATV activity in closure area, but no other people or ATVs. Saw seagulls, pelicans, and geese as well as offshore more
February 23, 2010 - LBacon
Accessed beach from Tahkenitch Campground trail. Most notable change was to the north end where there has been considerable foredune erosion. Where the trail normally crosses the foredune to the beach, there was a sharp seven-foot dropoff. Beach was very clean. Picked up only half a garbage bag of more


November 21, 2009 - LBacon
Started out near mid-day from the end of Sparrow Park road and walked more than a mile to my assigned beach. Some human activity near the end of the road, but none on my beach. Surf still rough from recent storms, but surprisingly little storm debris on my beach. more
September 2, 2009 - LBacon
Saw four doing the six-mile loop hike originating at the Tahkenitch Campground. It includes a mile of beach walking. In addition to those hikers I had three companions with me. Even though the beach was relatively clean we picked up five or six grocery bags of trash, most of more
June 15, 2009 - pcornett
Overcast burned off and wind came up some. Thee were a large number of whole dungeness crabs and crab parts. The sand has really built up on the beach, even leading to the foredune. There was relatively little manmade debris on the beach. Tire tracks showed vehicles going north more
June 3, 2009 - LBacon
Walked in this time from Tahkenitch Campground and completed a six-mile loop that included my beach mile. Sand has continued to build against the foredune. Beach is relatively clean and no indication of vehicle violations. Unusual amount of crab carcasses, perhaps 500 or so in my mile. Not much more
March 28, 2009 - LBacon
Major changes since last trip were buildup of sand along high foredune to the north of my mile, and many small trees and brush washed ashore from wave intrusion and bank erosion in Tahkenitch Estuary just to the north of my mile. Beach very clean. Little sign of human more


December 9, 2008 - Foggy
Accessed Mile 154 from Sparrow Park Road via a bike with super-wide tires, then walked the Mile; that made the 6-mile roundtrip very easy. There were no other humans or vehicles on Mile 154; the beach was pristine. Lots of sanderlings browsing the wet sand, about 20 pelicans headed more
  • Highly modified mountain bike with super-wide tires. Single speed. Four to five times faster than walking, and great for riding through small creeks and small waves.
  • Looking north to Mile 155 and the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (a gang of gulls)
  • A line of 18 or so brown pelicans taking advantage of the glassy sea and almost totally calm wind to ride the air currents over the surf.
November 24, 2008 - LBacon
The beach was very clean. Not much driftwood except for several large stumps and logs, evidently there for some time. Saw quite a few casings from baby crabs. No tire tracks in closed area. ATV tracks on closed dune access trail. read more