Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty
Lane County

Latitude: 44.027914849148
Longitude: -124.136964573990
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190), southerly to the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170).
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Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty
Mile 171 Reports (106)

2018

October 6, 2018 - oldMGguy

Beautiful fall afternoon for strolling on Heceta Beach - sunny, light breeze from the NW.  Several small flocks of sanderlings were feeding in the shallow surf, crows digging out and eating mole crabs, a large flock of brown pelicans plunge-feeding in the shallows of the "lagoon" area north of the...read more

  • Looking south on Mile 171
  • New foredune building south end of Mile 171
July 16, 2018 - oldMGguy

"A murder on the beach and a mystery solved" ...

Observed several dozen Whimbrels with their long down-curved bills feeding in the wave out-wash all along Mile 171, along with large groups of impossible-to-ID juvenile gulls.  The seasonal transverse sand dunes are beginning to form near the Driftwood Shores Resort complex. ...read more

May 28, 2018 - oldMGguy

Lots of holiday visitors out on windy Heceta Beach today. Parking lots at both ends of Mile 171 were nearly full to capacity. The early summertime bloom of phyto- and zooplanktons is very apparent today, especially from an elevation off the beach. The near-shore 1/4 mile of ocean has a...read more

May 11, 2018 - oldMGguy

Lots of bird activitiy on Heceta Beach today.  Two bald eagles, an osprey, the usual gaggle of turkey vultures, crows and ravens, sanderlings everywhere, several low-flying flocks of black turnstones heading north, a half dozen whimbrels, and a single Greater Yellowlegs (I think) with a long straight beak, tannish coloration,...read more

May 4, 2018 - oldMGguy

Another pleasent morning for a stroll along Heceta Beach!  Light NW wind, sunny and warm.  There has been an ongoing mass stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) and the high water line is covered with a gazillion of them along the entire mile.  Just one Pyrosome and lots of mole...read more

April 23, 2018 - oldMGguy

This doesn't happen often - 72F and calm winds at Heceta Beach today!  Another stranding of Velella velellas of various sizes, mostly 3-4" in length, all along the mile.  Only a few Pyrosomas observed, along with the occasional bits and pieces of Moon and Sea Nettle jellies.  Large flocks of...read more

April 16, 2018 - oldMGguy

Managed to walk Mile 171 between the spring showers.  Few people out today.  A bald eagle was perched on one of the foredune high spots, trying to ignore the squadron of gulls and crows hovering around making lots of "Go away!" noise.  No recent large stranding of Velella velellas observed,...read more

April 5, 2018 - oldMGguy

Numerous smallish Steller sea lions (yearlings?) observed swimming upriver in the Siuslaw or heading south along Mile 171 in the near-shore surf.  About a half dozen harbor seals feeding in the surf.  Mallard ducks, double-crested cormorants, and western grebes in the river on the south side of the jetty.  Large...read more

March 16, 2018 - oldMGguy

Some scumbag dumped a truckload of house remodeling debris into the Siuslaw River lagoon alongside the North Jetty Road (photo).  Honeyman State Park personnel notified.

Harbor seals and black surf scoter ducks observed in the near-shore surf.  Mole crab bodies and bits and pieces of Moon jellies along the mile today.read more

February 27, 2018 - oldMGguy

More dead critters on Heceta Beach.  The previously reported recently deceased sea lion yearling was nowhere to be found on Mile 171 today, but I found another mangled sea lion corpse up in the high beach log pile about a 1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Looks like...read more

February 24, 2018 - oldMGguy

Lots of dead things on heceta Beach today.  The north half of Mile 171 had a major stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) with individuals up to 4-5 inches long - easily the biggest specimens washed ashore in several years (photo).  There were also scattered bits and pieces of Moon...read more

  • Velella velella (By-The-Wind Sailors)
  • Dead yearling Sea Lion
  • Dead yearling Sea Lion
January 20, 2018 - oldMGguy

The recent high-energy storm waves washed a lot of the high beach sand away, exposing long-buried driftwood logs and stumps, along with re-arranging the larger driftwood logs all along Mile 171.  At the beach access trail just to the south of the Driftwood Shores Resort, high tides/big waves have blown...read more

January 15, 2018 - oldMGguy

Large flocks of Sanderlings busy feeding in the surf wash along the entire mile this morning.  Surf Scoter ducks and harbor seals out in the near-shore surf.  Big waves and high tide were setting up frequent "sneaker waves", necessitating the occasional dash to the high beach to avoid getting wet. ...read more

January 9, 2018 - oldMGguy

Vandals have spray-painted the vehicle barrier rocks (3) on the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  It is jarringly offensive in this otherwise pristine ocean beach environment.  Phones calls and emails sent to the local newspaper editor and Florence Public Works department.  No one seems to definitively know what gov't agency "owns"...read more

2017

November 22, 2017 - oldMGguy

Unusually balmy afternoon on Heceta Beach today!  The SE breeze was blowing the surf mist back off-shore so distant headlands stood out in sharp relief for a change.  Lots of eel grass (Zostera marina) and occasional bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) in the wrack line today, along with smashed bits of...read more

October 26, 2017 - oldMGguy

Almost a complete absense of the heavy green/brownish algae that's been washing ashore the past several weeks.  Still a gazillion of 1/4" "Cat's Eye"comb jellies (Pleurobrachia bachei) in the wrack line along the entire mile.  Two skate egg casings (Mermaid's purses) were washed up on the beach (photo).  What's new...read more

September 22, 2017 - oldMGguy

A pleasent afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach - sunny with a light breeze for a change.  Long lines of high washline greenish-brown phyto/zoo plankton and algae debris on the wet sand beach - typical for fall days with decreasing sunlight.  Large amounts of 1/4" to 1/2" "Cat's Eye"...read more

July 7, 2017 - oldMGguy

One of those "Now this is why we moved to Oregon!" days on Heceta Beach today - sunny, warm, light breeze (instead of the usual gale).  Very clean beach in spite of the tourist hordes over the 4th of July weekend.  Deposits of Cellophane Tube Worm (Spichaetoperus costarum) casings are...read more

May 12, 2017 - oldMGguy

Large quantities of Pacific Mole Crab (Emerita analoga) exoskeleton molts in the high swash line along Mile 171 today.  The vast majority were about 1/2" in length, with a few larger one up to 1" at most.  One bald eagle was cruising southbound along the surf, looking for dinner.  It...read more

March 10, 2017 - oldMGguy

Beautiful sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach today.  Observed a bald eagle make several unsuccessful power dives into the shallow surf before finally hauling off a 8-10" fish for dinner.  Lots of folks out on the beach enjoying the sunshine this afternoon.  For once, no unusual critters washed...read more

March 2, 2017 - oldMGguy

Heceta Beach (Mile 171) has a gazillion pyrosomes (Pyrosomas atlanticus), a pelagic colonial tunicate, washed up on the high water tide line, particularily on the north half near Driftwood Shores Resort (photo).  Most were in the 1-5 inch size, with a few bigger ones up to 6 inches in length. 

The...read more

  • Pyrosomes
  • Beach erosion
  • Beach erosion
February 17, 2017 - oldMGguy

A pleasent day for a walk on the sandy beach at Florence!  Harbor seals and surf scoters observed working the near-shore surf.  Huge amounts of sand have been removed from the upper beach by this winter's storms and big waves, exposing enormous amounts of long-buried driftwood logs, stumps, and woody...read more

  • pseudoconchs-Corolla spectabilis-sea butterfly

2016

December 25, 2016 - oldMGguy

Beautiful sunny, if cold, winter morning on Heceta Beach.  Large flocks of Sanderlings were feeding in the outwash, occasional harbor seal observed in the surf.  Numerous "Pyrosoma atlanticum" colonial tunicates about 3-4" long washed up along Mile 171 (see photo).  Large concentrations of inch-long fiberous cellophone worm feeding "tubes" washed...read more

December 6, 2016 - oldMGguy

The loons are back!  Several Common Loons and Western Grebes feeding in the Siuslaw River at the North Jetty.  Lots of Bull kelp, Small Perennial kelp, and Feather Boa kelp scattered along the mile today.  The previously reported dead sea lion was not found today.

Very crisp and clear morning on...read more

  • View north along Mile 171
November 30, 2016 - oldMGguy

Sea foam day at the beach!  The NW winds were blowing the thick surf sea foam along the beach, covering just about all of the entire mile.  A very dead Steller sea lion has washed up on the high sand about midway between Driftwood Shores Resort and the Siuslaw North...read more

November 23, 2016 - oldMGguy

For once, I managed to walk this mile between rain showers, instead of during one.  Upper beach sand continues to wash away by the higher tides, exposing long-buried driftwood.  Lots of mole crab shells this year - were notably absent the last few years.  At the north end of the mile, close...read more

November 17, 2016 - oldMGguy

Pleasent late afternoon on Heceta Beach, with several dozen people out on the sand.  Recent high tides, storm waves have significantly eroded the high beach accumulation of summer sand dunes, with drift logs being re-distributed on the beach.

Very clean wet sand area - little man-made debris observed.  The high wash line...read more

September 9, 2016 - oldMGguy

Lots of folks out observing the preparations to remove the 50' commercial fishing vessel beached early Saturday a.m.  A salvage tug from Coos Bay is scheduled to pull the stranded boat off the beach at today's afternoon high tide.

There are no signs of leaks, hull damage, or contamination from the...read more

July 10, 2016 - oldMGguy

Perfect warm sunny afternoon for a barefoot stroll thru the surf edge after this morning's heavy rain squalls. The surf wash zone is heavily coated with smashed Moon Jelly pieces along the entire mile.read more

June 17, 2016 - kathrynl

Large amount of storm driftwood near No. Jetty as well as plenty of drifted sand covering parts of the Jetty. Very little debris along water line -- beautiful day for walking the beach!read more

2015

November 28, 2015 - oldMGguy

Another one of those sunny "This-is-why-we-moved-to-Oregon" days on Heceta Beach. Well over 100 people walking the beach, a dozen surfers getting some nice rides in the surf north of the North Jetty, and several large flocks of sanderlings feeding in the wash-out.read more

October 29, 2015 - oldMGguy

While walking on the North Jetty Road enroute to the beach, a bobcat ran N-S across the road in front of me. Lots of new large and small driftwood on the beach, likely from the latest king tide flooding upstream. A large (4'x8'?) Styrofoam dock float is beached below the...read more

2014

August 12, 2014 - oldMGguy
Due to recent strong northerly winds, seasonal "transverse" sand dunes are well-developed all along Mile 171. The seasonal low dunes are the most extensive I've seen on this mile since 2007.read more
August 2, 2014 - kathrynl
Sand has drifted over jetty making access by car or truck impossible. Most litter in parking lot and at access to jetty. Beach debris free. Ocean looking "dirty" with greenish foam.read more
July 1, 2014 - oldMGguy
Best day of the year so far for beach walking - sunny, calm, and very warm!There is a mass stranding of gazillions of Velella velella aka "By-the-wind-Sailor" or "Sail jellyfish", all along the entire length of Mile 171 at Heceta Beach, Florence. My guide book says it is a surface-floating...read more
February 24, 2014 - BCtoOR
Quiet clean beach on a lovely warm winter morning.The tide was washing up around the giant spool.Rough skinned newts on path to beach.Does anyone know what the mystery insect is that I saw moving quickly along the sand?read more
January 18, 2014 - BCtoOR
Hundreds of Sea Nettle jellyfish washed up at high tide mark all along Heceta beach.Sutton creek at Mile 172, entering the ocean north of Driftwood Shores Resort, is quickly eroding the sand and moving south in front of the homes on Shoreline Drive."Large Stump" that arrived on beach in 2008...read more

2013

July 7, 2013 - kathrynl
Strong north winds have blown large amounts of sand up over North Jetty. Partial wooden pallet and various long lengths of board also near jetty along drift line.read more
June 21, 2013 - kathrynl
There is nn ice chest 2' by 3' approximately 2' high halfway between Driftwood Shores and North Jetty above driftline. No markings; wiring still attached on inside of box.read more
April 25, 2013 - kathrynl
12 foot long solid wood board -- might be a top to a structure? no visible nails -- approximately 1/3 mile down the beach from Driftwood Shores. Very little litter on beach; however, plenty of dog poop on drift line and in two bags in parking lot.read more
February 26, 2013 - oldMGguy
Very clean wet sand beach today - none of the usual bits and pieces of styrofoam that have been common lately.read more
  • Another "invasive" plant growing in the beach foredune at the Siuslaw River North Jetty area.  Most likely washed downriver after a flood event years ago.  They seem to like the sand, salt, and windy environment!
February 8, 2013 - oldMGguy
Clear, cold and windy afternoon stroll on Heceta Beach. Found several "Salp" tunicates washed ashore. All were 4-5 inches long.read more
  • Salp tunicate
February 5, 2013 - oldMGguy
A mature bald eagle was (unsuccessfully) fishing over the Siuslaw River at the north jetty. Several swoops and grabs, but no fish. One freshly washed up alcid at the high water line. The beak closely resembled the tufted puffin's beak structure, although pale tan-ish in color. The body was all...read more
January 31, 2013 - oldMGguy
Nice sunny afternoon for a walk on the beach! Single strands and small balls of bull kelp washed up along the entire mile. Almost no litter of any kind observed. Occasional battered chunks of moon jellies at the high tide line.read more

2012

November 16, 2012 - cheshire
There is a continuing problem with dog owners on this beach (from the North Jetty to just north of Driftwood Shores) letting their pets off leash. Many of these dogs are large and out of control. When I run on this beach for exercise, I am often chased--sometimes as much...read more
September 22, 2012 - kathrynl
Semi-annual beach clean up in process while large amount of dogs and people enjoying a glorious coastal day.read more
August 13, 2012 - kathrynl
Huge sand dunes have drifted over North Jetty and sand has shifted along high tide line due to high summer wind. Small boat fender, plastic bottles and deck sponge picked up off beach. Large pieces of wood and logs on beach. Too windy and cold to complete walk!read more
June 10, 2012 - cheshire
Lots of driftwood and flood debris remains on this beach after winter storms. Many people have built makeshift forts out of this wood, especially just north of the the North Jetty. While creative and fun, these also seem to be an invitation for people to camp out, stay a while...read more
June 3, 2012 - cheshire
Walked miles 171-172. Much less garbage than earlier this week, but lots of evidence of driftwood fire rings in front of Driftwood Shores and in the half mile north of the hotel. Picked up one bag of garbage and two large foam floats.read more
May 28, 2012 - cheshire
I frequently walk this beach for exercise, and I don't usually see this much debris. Lots of water bottles, small pieces of foam, large blocks of yellow foam with plywood backing (looks like Japanese home insultation, but could be flood debris) and large white foam floats of a type never...read more
May 11, 2012 - kathrynl
Large amount of driftwood left from winter storms near jetty, otherwise clean beach. Empty water bottle on jetty, otherwise no trash to be found.read more
March 13, 2012 - oldMGguy
Another wave of river-sourced flood debris (trees, branches, brush, grass, etc) recently washed ashore north of the North Siuslaw River Jetty. Very little bird activity other than the usual crows and gulls. About a dozen Surf Scoters were feeding on the river just inside the bar.A juvenile deceased beaver had...read more

2011

June 11, 2011 - oldMGguy
The shallow waters of the beach wave run-back are literally a living soup of tiny fish fry, larvae, and amphipods. What looks like small pale grains of rice in the shallow receding wave is a gazillion little critters scurrying around, with the occasional mole crab chasing after the critters. All...read more

2010

November 16, 2010 - oldMGguy
Dead-critters-on-the-beach day today at Heceta Beach, Mile 171. Two deceased male California sea lions, with their distinctive domed foreheads, on the beach - one near the Siuslaw River North Jetty, the other about mid-point on Mile 171 (previously reported). Two barely alive Northern Fulmars freshly beached at the north end...read more
November 13, 2010 - oldMGguy
Only one fresh Northern Fulmar carcass observed today. Lots of Cat's Eye comb jellies along the mile, with a few Sea Nettle jellies mixed in. A very dead sea lion (Steller female ??) has just washed ashore about half way on Mile 171. The carcass looks like it's been floating...read more
October 28, 2010 - oldMGguy
One dead sun fish, about 12" long, washed up near the midsection of Mile 171. Two large clusters of thousands of Ochre Sea Stars also washed up - one grouping about a 1/4 mile north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty, the other large cluster just SW of the Driftwood...read more
  • 12" long sun fish washed up about mid-section of Mile 171.  Top and bottom fins gone.
September 22, 2010 - kathrynl
Jetty has been sanded over by storms and is inaccessable to vehicles. Large trees are also already across the jetty. Very few birds on beach but beach was "clean" of debris today.read more
June 15, 2010 - kathrynl
Beach very clean at high tide. Concentration of paper and plastic trash near southern side of North Jetty parking area. Winter storms have moved sand over much of Jetty prohibiting vehicles access to Jetty. Hooray!read more
May 5, 2010 - oldMGguy
A very pleasent evening on Heceta Beach. Observed one out-of-control dog chasing feeding sanderlings up the beach for a considerable distance. Lots of migrating shorebirds heading north. Brown pelicans were plunge-feeding off-shore, with a pair of lesser terns cruising the near surf. Common loons, western grebes, and cormorants were feeding...read more
April 7, 2010 - oldMGguy
Five turkey vultures were busy feasting on a fairly fresh dead Steller sea lion (female?) 1/3 mile south of the Driftwood Shores hotel complex well up in the dry sand area of the upper beach. Osprey and brown pelicans were feeding offshore, with western grebes and cormorants feeding in the...read more
March 7, 2010 - kathrynl
Bottle caps and beer cans near Driftwood Shores, some even gathered together as from a recent "beer party". Removed one bag of garbage from Driftwood Shores area which continues to be strewn with litter, dog feces and plastics. Red-orange residue visible from drainage area just south of resort.read more

2009

December 23, 2009 - oldMGguy
A beautiful winter day on Mile 171. Very clean beach, with harbor seals, sanderlings, and a few surf scoters feeding in and near the surf. One whale spout observed way off-shore. A lot of reddish-brown "Sea Nettle" jellyfish have washed ashore, along with a really dead Steller sea lion, located...read more
  • Ewww - that's going to be smelly!  The prevailing winter breezes will move the aroma straight to the buildings in the background.
  • Macrocystis integrifolia
December 21, 2009 - kathrynl
Picked up litter. Driftwood strewn up onto jetty and northward along beach from previous storms. Small two foot "sink hole" near entrance to jetty that has been filled with debris and yellow hazard tape.read more
November 10, 2009 - oldMGguy
Recent high tides and wind have re-arranged the driftwood log collection on the beach. Lots of common loons, cormorants, and brown pelicans flying and/or feeding near the North Jetty.The beach high water line is coated with a gazillion 1/4-1/2" tiny pinkish egg casings. Anyone know what they are? A few...read more
  • Gazillions of these egg casings at the high water line all along Mile 171.  Anyone know what they are?
September 22, 2009 - FriendofStrawberry
I counted 40 dead beached Humboldt Squid on the beach from the Florence North Jetty to Driftwood Shores Resort. Met a man who counted 30 from Driftwood Shores Resort to Sutton Creek. This is about 3 miles. They had come ashore in the early morning with the high tide. Birds were feasting.read more
September 19, 2009 - kathrynl
Beach was relatively "clean" this morning. Exposed tidal sand near Driftwood Shores has orange algae and appears oily.read more
August 30, 2009 - oldMGguy
Heavy concentration of olive-green sea foam and plankton die-off on the beach and in the surf. Observed my first "Lions' Mane" (aka Sea Blubber) jelly on the beach this year - very unusual for Heceta Beach. Lots of Cat's Eye comb jellies, and a smattering of Sea Nettle and Moon...read more
June 12, 2009 - kathrynl
Sand has blown over North Jetty almost preventing vehicle access. Dog poop on jetty in plastic bag (thank you!). Beach relatively clean except for dead Sea Lion near Driftwood Shores resort.read more
June 6, 2009 - oldMGguy
Another pleasent walk on the beach today. The sand is definitely moving on-shore, with noticable accumulations above the high tide line. An outer sand bar, and fairly deep inner channel has formed this summer. The crows were actively digging out mole (sand) crabs along the water's edge. Amazing how they...read more
April 18, 2009 - MThrossel
Wet damp sand on beach (that is 400 ft. from 100 ft. bluff) Waves (1 feet high on flat sandy bottom) rolled in with about 12 waves at any one time. Drift line 4 inches wide, had green algae and foam. No plant life growing, no seaweed on sand also no kelp.read more
  • Parking Lot and trail to beach. Driftwood Shores Resort at left, storm drain center middle below distant rectangular pillar; among logs. Residence at right atop bluff. Camera pointed east.
  • Parking lot south of Driftwood Shores Resort, with trail to beach. Storm drain water enters beach in a wide swath, under stacked logs. Bluff at right shows residence chimney. Camera pointer east.
  • Sand, Cascade Range, Residences, Mist, Driftwood Shores Resort. Ocean tide lines lower right. Camera pointed northeast.
  • Sand, Residences, Driftwood Shores Resort and more Residences. Bicycle tracks. Very few shells. Camera pointed northeast.
  • Pacific Ocean, Seagulls, Pedestrians and storm water run off. Camera pointed west.
  • Heceta Head in the mist; Coastal Mountains Range, Pedestrians, sand. Residences and Driftwood Shores Resort. Ocean tide line lower right area.Camera pointed north.
  • Residences end at right bluff area. Bluff flattens out at that point. Beach is starting to rise into dune type formation. Camera pointed southeast.
March 31, 2009 - oldMGguy
A quiet afternoon on Heceta Beach today. Several large flocks (50+) of gulls heading north, one whale spout observed off-shore. An unusual large number of ochre sea stars were washed up today - an uncommon sight on this beach. Saw my first Brant waterfowl today, feeding in the Siuslaw River...read more
  • Ochre sea star, an unusual sight on heceta Beach
  • An unfortunate mossy chiton attached to a piece of kelp and barnacles washed off the Siuslaw jetty rocks during the latest storm
March 10, 2009 - oldMGguy
The beach was covered with a lot of river-sourced wood debris from recent rain events. A large log covered with pelagic goose barnacles apparently arrived with the last high tide. All of the dead birds observed today appeared to be gulls. The dead fur-bearing critter (juvenile sea lion?)appears to have...read more
  • Dying Pelagic Goose Barnacles on a freshly washed-up log
  • Another invasive species along with the invasive European Beach Grass.  At least the new one is cute!
February 5, 2009 - oldMGguy
A tip of the hat to CoastWatchers Lloyd Maxfield and Jean Caroline for their work in publicizing pollution on the beach near the Driftwood Shores complex. They took a sample of the drainage in for testing, and the result posted a very high fecal coliform bacteria count, well in excess...read more

2008

December 18, 2008 - oldMGguy
Continuous stream of 100's of gulls, with many brown pelicans mixed in, flying south along the surf line. Several large flocks of sanderlings and semipalmated plovers working their way south while feeding. The mile had a lot of individual bull kelp strands washed up, along with several very large bull...read more
December 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
Really quiet afternoon on Heceta Beach today for a change. Several large balls of bull kelp along the mile, along with the occasional palm kelp, small perennial kelp, surf grass, and individual bull kelp stalks. Few birds observed today, along with just a few Sea Nettle (reddish) jellies washed up...read more
  • One of several large tangle of Bull Kelp washed up on Heceta Beach recently
  • Palm Kelp
  • Small Perennial Kelp - not often seen on Heceta Beach
  • Lost crab pot dug out and rolled up the beach by tourists
  • Deceased harbor seal pup
  • Sea Nettle Jelly
November 22, 2008 - oldMGguy
Another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast! Lots of people out walking or playing on Mile 171 this morning. Very few birds observed today, mostly the occasional crow and gull. Just a few brown pelicans flying the outer surf line. One harbor seal observed feeding in the near-shore surf. About...read more
November 12, 2008 - oldMGguy
Due to the strong wind from the south, a lot of sand was blowing north up the beach today. The huge flock of gulls seen the other day were gone, replaced with several sizable flocks of sanderlings, a dozen surf scoters, and the occasional line of brown pelicans flying off-shore...read more
November 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
Huge (1000's) concentration of gulls resting in the wet sand south of the Driftwood Shores complex. Major accumulation of palm kelp along the entire mile in the wrack line. Very little human-sourced trash and debris considering the popularity of this beach.read more
September 13, 2008 - kathrynl
North Jetty has drifted sand, almost preventing beach access without hiking over it! Nice to see shore birds back on a pristine beach.read more
August 29, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of beach scum lines from the remains of the phytoplankton upwelling blooms washed up on the beach today. If the sun ever burns thru the fog, this beach will smell like a barnyard just like last summer! Scattered moon jellies (clear 4-12" diameter) washed up along this mile today...read more
August 11, 2008 - oldMGguy
One of those "Glad-to-be-alive-and-walking-on-a-Oregon-beach" mornings! Clear sky, calm wind, no obnoxious dogs. The Army Corp of Engineers has their river dredge out cleaning out the Siuslaw River entrance, but no noticable water discoloration or debris on the beach. Last summer, the Heceta Beach shoreline was ruler-straight from the North jetty...read more
July 5, 2008 - oldMGguy
Biggest crowd I've seen on this beach. Literally hundred's of families, kids, dogs, surfers, joggers, walkers, and jetty fishermen out enjoying the beach on this overcast but almost wind-free day. The upper beach algae bloom from the failed Driftwood Shores complex septic system leach field is very noticable. Lots of...read more
  • Failed septic leach field at Driftwood Shores has created an algae bloom on the upper beach.  People were walking barefoot thru this stuff ...
  • This huge old stump arrived on Heceda Beach Jan 2008.  Compare this view of summer sand deposits to the original January photo
June 23, 2008 - oldMGguy
In addition to the unusually large number of dead crabs, the beach wrack line had a lot of shrimp back scales and body parts mixed in. The surf and near off-shore water had an unusual brown tint to it, with reduced water clarity. the water flowing out of the Siuslaw...read more
June 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
Major increase of sand since last week. The bald eagle seemed quite unconcerned about tourists approaching somewhat for photos. The failing sewer system for the Driftwood Shores hotel complex has generated a noticable aromatic and visual algae bloom in the high beach area next to the buildings. The hotel has...read more
May 25, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of families out enjoying an early morning stroll along Mile 171 during a low tide. Nothing out of the ordinary other than a bad day for clear jellies.Two osprey (one with breakfast), and the usual gaggle of gulls and crows. One lone Canada goose flying in big circles at...read more
May 7, 2008 - oldMGguy
Recent northerly winds have begun the formation of the summer sand drift patterns near the North jetty.read more
April 10, 2008 - oldMGguy
It is interesting to observe how this flat sandy beach continually changes texture and pattern in subtle ways every time we visit. As last reported, sand is on the increase, this time more noticable on the north end of Mile 171. Mile 171 is still very clean from human-sourced trash,...read more
April 4, 2008 - oldMGguy
The sand is back! There is a dramatic increase in the sand distribution on the upper beach area, particularily in "The Lagoon" area just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.The mystery shell photo I posted on 3/18/08 has been identified. Lloyd Maxfield, our website administrator, says the mystery shell...read more
March 24, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of folks, families, grandparents with toddlers out enjoying the beach today. A bad day for baby jellies, as a gazillion dime-sized clear jellies are washed up in the wrack line - all fresh and shiny. No birds observed other than gulls. The usual bunch of harbor seals were not...read more
March 18, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of gulls, crows, one immature bald eagle flying north above the foredune. One unknown shellfish (see photos), isolated strands of bull kelp.Lots of sightseers out this afternoon on this always popular beach. Observed one immature bald eagle flying north along the foredune. Found a shell that I've never seen...read more
  • Found on Heceta Beach, north of the Siuslaw River.  Drop me an email if you know what it is!
March 8, 2008 - oldMGguy
I wish to extend a "Thank You!" to Phillip Johnson, CoastWatch Program Director, and his staff, for all the seminars recently set up for CoastWatch members' on-going education on ocean beach issues. I really encourage all CoastWatch members to attend any of these events if at all possible. The recent...read more
  • Beach grass-caused foredune at Heceta Beach, just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  Hummocks to the left, deflation plain to the right.
  • European beach grass, with extensive root structure exposed
  • American Beach Grass was also widely planted in the early 1900's.  It is the dominant beach grass specie north of Lincoln City to Astoria.  The American version has wide blades (European beach grass in background)
  • this stuff was widely planted for dune stabilization, in co-location with Shore Pine.  The theory was that the pine would eventually shade out the brush, killing it.  Didn't work as planned ...
March 6, 2008 - kathrynl
The Driftwood Shores "creek" has moved further south and has cut a two-foot deep channel into the sand. Water and sand show signs of sewage, oily and orange stain. One water bottle near Driftwood Shores. Very clean beach and more driftwood up to North Jetty than I have seen in...read more
February 20, 2008 - oldMGguy
Just a few gulls observed today, no other bird species around. Nothing unusual on the beach today. With a minus tide, the remains of the bow of a wooden ship are exposed next to the Siuslaw River North Jetty, 50 yards east of the Coast Guard observation tower. I suspect...read more
  • Nice afternoon on Heceta Beach, Mile 171 looking north from the Siuslaw River North Jetty
  • Wooden shipwreck remains next to the Siuslaw River North Jetty, 50 yards east of the Coast Guard observation tower.  I suspect it's the Wilhelmina, a small coastal steam-powered freighter lost January 1911.
February 14, 2008 - Florence Elk
Talked to the engineer of the rip-rap project.The aim is to restore pitock clam habitat.The sand has been swept away to expose 55,000 year old tree trunks and the underlying packed mud. In North Jetty state park someone dumped a load of garbageover the bank of the road down into...read more
  • chest freezer
  • trash dump beside road, north jetty state park
  • looking up river from divers dock
February 11, 2008 - oldMGguy
Trash and litter day on the beach today. Observed the most human-sourced flotsom in the high tide line since I started walking this mile last summer. Pop cans, plastic water bottles, chip packages, bits and pieces of plastic, styrofoam, pieces of fish netting and boat lines, spread evenly along this...read more
January 17, 2008 - oldMGguy
Generally clean beach with lots of human/dog activity. Three surfers working the waves inside the Siuslaw River bar. One couple collecting firewood-sized driftwood (no shortage ...). A large excavator has finished restoring the foredune bulldozed away by a Heceta Beach homeowner last summer (see photos).read more
  • Extensive collection of river-sourced flood trees, stumps, and debris from 2007-2008 rain storms.
  • Large wood debris washed ashore recently
  • Bulldozed foredune summer 2007 by homeowner in Heceta Beach
  • Restored foredune, Heceta Beach
January 11, 2008 - oldMGguy
The Coast Guard has reclaimed their wayward channel marker buoy, washed up on the beach last week. Continued accumulation of large tree trunks, stumps, and other river-sourced flood debris, mostly close to the Siuslaw River North Jetty. Recent high tides have re-arranged the multi-year beach log collection, and removed a...read more

2007

December 30, 2007 - oldMGguy
Heavy collection of sea foam on beach. Overall, very clean beach with little observed man-made debris. Lots of seagulls in the area. One large 4'x3' buoy (with the number 4 on it) washed ashore just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.read more
December 20, 2007 - oldMGguy
Very few birds today. A dozen gulls, 3 Sanderlings. Usual group of harbor seals not observed. Many large clumps/balls of bull kelp washed ashore, the majority just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty area. Mostly single strands of bull kelp at north end of Mile 171.Continued accumulation of flood...read more
December 15, 2007 - kathrynl
Small Piper like birds are back although in a smaller amount, only about one dozen in water line. The trail leading to the beach from this overlook to slowly but very surely sliding toward the beach and beginning to undercut the highway, some attention needs to be paid to this...read more
December 13, 2007 - oldMGguy
Large accumulation of woody debris from December 2-3 storm north of Siuslaw River North Jetty. Majority near the jetty. Very little man-made litter observed on this mile today. Very few birds observed today.read more
  • Foredune removal occurred summer 2007.  State and county legal action reported by media at the time.  No observed remediation to date.
  • 5 egg casings (I don't know the species) observed in high tide debris line.
December 5, 2007 - oldMGguy
Major new collection of woody and vegetation debris, logs, and stumps north of Siuslaw North Jetty at high tide mark. Some styrofoam and 4 old tires mixed in. Majority of debris next to jetty. Notable absence of usual pod of harbor seals north of jetty rocks. Injured/sick western grebe sitting...read more
September 3, 2007 - kathrynl
Heavy concentration of Red and Orange Algae in creek by Driftwood Shores does not look or smell good. Diaper and several bottles and cans collected near resort area. Sad to see such little regard for the beach at the resort! It is dirty at Driftwood Shores today.read more
June 16, 2007 - kathrynl
Storms have pushed more sand and driftwood towards Jetty creating an additional fore dune. Cars cannot access jetty as the sand has blocked access.read more
March 11, 2007 - kathrynl
It was cloudy with strong winds on the beach, many people enjoying the beauty. Huge logs on the Jetty brought in by winter storms, the tide was out and the beach was very clean.read more

2006

December 16, 2006 - kathrynl
Lots of plastic debris left from this weeks storms. Bottles, tops, trays, milk carton. Filled 2 trash bags with debris. Logs and sand pushed high onto North Jetty from storms. Only two Gulls along drift line, many have flown inland.read more