Mile 154

Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Butterfly Lake
Douglas County

Latitude: 43.781410055924
Longitude: -124.174445158420
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, west of Butterfly Lake
Mile 154 Reports (12)

2012

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 down...read more

2011

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 Lake...read 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 violations...read more

2010

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 sailboat...read 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 trash...read more

2009

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. Very...read 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 it...read 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 from...read 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 driftwood...read 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 activity.read more

2008

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 north.read 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