Mile 160

Oregon Dunes NRA just south of Siltcoos River
Lane County

Latitude: 43.868065222328
Longitude: -124.156695629110
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lane County-Douglas County line (43° 51.8604', Mile 160), southerly to approximately one mile south of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (43° 47.4330', Mile 155).
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from approximately 1,500 feet north of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Siltcoos River, parking lot (43° 53.2410', Mile 161), southerly to the Lane County-Douglas County line(43° 51.8604', Mile 160).
Tides: NOAA Tide Predictions. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.
Oregon Dunes NRA just south of Siltcoos River
Mile 160 Reports (35)

2015

December 26, 2015 - lightbug

My mile was actually inaccessible the ponds on either side of the path had grown together and blocked the path at least a hundred yards before the normal little ford I always have to cross It will be a while before that goes down... So my comments are from the...read more

  • Water logged, Lane County, Oregon Dunes NRA just south of Siltcoos River
  • swollen river
October 3, 2015 - lightbug
My biggest surprise was the lack of trash, I nearly always bring three or four bags of trash off the beach, but not today. Do not know whether it is tide, wind, or the wonderful efforts of the surf riders again......but it was a pleasure to walk the beach todayread more
February 22, 2015 - lightbug
With the effort of many volunteers we collected four heaping pickup loads of trash, including a hot water heater from a five mile stretchread more
January 20, 2015 - lightbug
My usual scenic walk along the Siltcoos River was under water today. The water at the beach was not really too much higher than normal, but the mouth of the Siltcoos was about four times wider than normal. The south spit was under water and the little strip that was...read more

2014

June 26, 2014 - lightbug
The beach was unusually clean, I only carried off two bags full of trash, but it was high tide time and the water had scoured the beach recently. There were two groups of seals lounging on the beach, one set went to move but seeing we were no threat, stayed...read more
  • seals resting just south of the siltcoos river
April 29, 2014 - lightbug
Glorious day on the beach, The tide had just turned, it had been quite high (into the roped areas) there was lots of debris to pick up. As I neared my beach exit my bags were breaking, so I piled them by the NO DOGS sign and the ranger graciously...read more
  • The pile I left for the ranger
March 7, 2014 - lightbug
there was evidence that people had walked out from a campground on the southern limit of my mile. That is the first time I have seen such tracks from that area. Other than that the beach was calm as normalread more
  • from south end of my mile

2013

October 13, 2013 - lightbug
We have had some high tides and the beach was unusually clean, only found three plastic bags to remove, usually much more. Campground closed now but very little human activityread more
July 2, 2013 - lightbug
An uneventful walk, took three bags of trash off with me, looked to be a mixture of boat and land trashread more
January 30, 2013 - lightbug
Beautiful day to be at the beach, which is essentially unchanged since my last visit (except around the mouth of the Siltcoos river which meanders regularly). I took a full grocery bag full of trash off the beach, mostly drink containers. Little human presence, just the two walkers and two...read more
  • Red just over a foot long
  • red buoy

2012

October 18, 2012 - Treehugger1
It seemed the vegetation line was closer to the water at the northern 1/4 of my mile than I remember, with both American beachgrass and some type of succulent. There didn't seem to be as many washed up logs as usual. Noted 2 harbor seals sticking close to a flock...read more
July 23, 2012 - dragonfly
Harbor seals hauled out near estuary. Moderate amount of broken shells and crab shells in the driftline, otherwise the beach was very clean and practically deserted. On the walk back we did see 5 or 6 kayaks pulled up on the south side of the Siltcoos right before the beach.read more
June 1, 2012 - Treehugger1
Today's walk notable for the absence of shorebirds other than the Snowy Plovers and the presence of the 2 CA Sea Lions basking in the sun during a break in the ground fog up the estuary about 50 yards. I removed 15# of manmade trash, primarily glass and plastic bottles...read more
January 28, 2012 - dragonfly
Many more dead crabs and driftwood after the recent storms, but thankfully not much plastic debris. Less wildlife than usual. Evidence that the surf may have gone over the tops of the dune in some places during the recent king tides/hurricane-force wind eventread more
January 13, 2012 - Treehugger1
Sunny, calm, quiet day, with few birds other than the sandpipers, and no human visitors. There was little in the way of debris, which I found unusual but for the absence of humans today. The shoreline was flat up to the foredunes. This observation was made the day before the...read more

2011

September 29, 2011 - Treehugger1
Noticed foredune erosion in protected snowy plover nesting area back to vegetated foredune at the mouth of the Siltcoos River to the south.Beach flat up to vegetated foredune. Very little debris of any kind and very few animal casings or kelp. Beautiful, calm day; quiet with only 3 people noted...read more
August 8, 2011 - dragonfly
A very quiet day on the beach. Very little wildlife. Very little litter.read more
May 1, 2011 - dragonfly
The beach was unusually quiet and clean. The only relatively unusual thing was a washed-up mermaid's purse.read more
February 6, 2011 - dragonfly
My companion (a veteran birder and wildlife observer) and I both felt there was an eerie absence of wildlife and birds. Are other Coastwatchers noticing the same thing?read more

2010

December 7, 2010 - dragonfly
Surprisingly little litter on beach despite recent storms. Abundant seal and bird presence. Dead juvenile sea lion.read more
September 4, 2010 - Treehugger1
Beautiful weather conditions; calm to mild wind. One makeshift driftwood shelter complete with interior decorating. River outlet shifted notably to the south in oxbow fashion.read more
August 2, 2010 - dragonfly
The beach was extremely clean. No trash or plastic bottles as in recent visits. Large deposits of broken shells. Very little wildlife, which is unusual for Mile 160.read more
April 14, 2010 - dragonfly
Many floats from boats and lots of bottles, both plastic and glass, on beach. A great time for watching birds.read more
March 9, 2010 - Treehugger1
Access to Mile 160 via the Wax Myrtle trail was almost impossible due to 1-1/2 feet of water in two large areas, with no way to avoid wading through it. Evidence of recent storms bringing in large numbers of large logs and much debris and garbage. Only 6 people walking...read more
February 7, 2010 - dragonfly
Lots of new driftwood deposited against dune. Many plastic bottles, especially water bottles. High tides had significantly cut away the dune at the southern part of Mile 160.read more

2009

November 15, 2009 - Treehugger1
Due to scattered showers still occurring, few people on the beach. Recent storms have brought in several large trees and numerous pieces of large driftwood. More trash than usual, filling (over-filling) large trash sack, mostly picnic-related. Storm-related erosion has created large promontory in the vegetated foredune toward south end of...read more
October 22, 2009 - dragonfly
Beach was unusually clean. As the tide approached high tide, we observed many huge salmon jumping clear out of the water on their journey up the Siltcoos. Spectacular!read more
August 19, 2009 - Treehugger1
This is my first report for this mile so have nothing to compare with what was seen today. Saw group of 7 pelicans standing on shore at river outlet, large number of western sandpipers feeding on shore, 3 fairly recently dead gulls in various states of decay and predator activity...read more
July 18, 2009 - dragonfly
My son spotted a weasel run into the dune which was in the Snowy Plover nesting area. He then heard a lot of bird moises followed by silence.read more

2008

November 22, 2008 - dragonfly
The beach was exceptionally clean, except for two heavy deposits of shells in a small area at the south end of mile 160. The seal looked recently washed up seemed smallish and thin and had been eviscerated.The Siltcoos had moved around a lot in its estuary, rearranging large driftwood stumps...read more
August 14, 2008 - dragonfly
The stream has obviously moved around and changed course. A still wet channel to the extreme south of the estuary has been abandoned for a channel to the extreme north.The dune adjacent to the south side of the estuary had been flattened and the beach grass disturbed prior to Snowy...read more
June 15, 2008 - dragonfly
There were more broken shells on the wet sand than usual, but otherwise it was a fairly typical day.read more
March 8, 2008 - dragonfly
On a visit in early January, we discovered that the fore dune to the south of Siltcoos estuary had been full-dozed, so there is an extensive area of flat dry sand that wasn't there before.This visit was unusual because of the relative absence of wildlife. We always see harbor seals...read more

2007

September 19, 2007 - zbstotz
Nice day, beach clean, two people enjoying the day.read more
March 16, 2007 - zbstotz
The weather was nice, there was nothing unusual to note. Due to the winter storms the foredune has eroded almost perpendicular for about a forth mile.read more