Mile 174

Baker Beach west of Alder Dunes CG, north of Sutton Creek
Lane County

Latitude: 44.072760068764
Longitude: -124.128730192950
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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Baker Beach west of Alder Dunes CG, north of Sutton Creek
Mile 174 Reports (26)

2014

May 11, 2014 - panda174
Footprints leading quite a ways into the snowy plover restricted area. They went right around the sign saying to keep out. Beach Ranger has been contacted.Hugh collection of trash along the high tide line. Have never seen this before on my mile. Could not have taken it all out.read more
  • Clearly coming from passing ship.
  • This is all I found from the Tsunami Debris.
  • As far as the eye could see, buoys and trash litter the beach.
  • Footprints leading a long way into the snowy plover restricted area - right around the sign clearly saying to say out.
March 7, 2014 - panda174
A lovely, quiet and sunny day at the beach.read more

2013

December 2, 2013 - panda174
Blustery Day! Took 2 pictures just as "King Tide" was abating. One facing North, one South.read more
  • Facing South just after the King Tide
August 22, 2013 - panda174
Two loud thunder rolls and then rain! What fun - sun came out eventually to a beautiful day. Found several things as mentioned: possibly dead pelican, 2 dead sharks, plover protection fence disappearing under sand.read more
  • A 3-1/2 foot shark.
  • About 3 ft. long
  • Possible pelican?
  • Snowy Plover fence being covered by sand in several places.  Photo was taken in rain - hope you can see.
  • Sun shining on "my" mile after thunderstorm.
June 27, 2013 - panda174
Log washed up with numerous shells attached. Haven't seen that before. Uploading photo.Lovely overcast day on beach. Not any people or dogs on my mile except one transient. He appears to have come from the dunes area and looked to have been there 1-2 days.read more
June 21, 2013 - panda174
Bad day for Dungeness Crabs! Millions of newly hatched crabs washed up along shore line & high tide line - as far as the eye could see! Pictures do not do the numbers justice. Also, took picture of "rainbow" effect on water in low sand areas.read more
  • Millions washed up, as far as you could see North & South.
  • Could this be the cause of buckets of dead newly  hatched Dungeness Crabs?

2012

December 2, 2012 - cheshire
The whale reported as being on this mile appears to actually be on mile 175. Please see that mile for details and photos.read more
November 18, 2012 - cheshire
The Siuslaw News reports that a 28-foot male humpback whale has washed ashore on this mile. It was spotted last weekend by a Coast Guard flyover.

Apparently the whale died after something bit its tongue off and it was unable to eat.

The removal plan is to "let nature take...read more

2011

October 25, 2011 - Foulkes
It was a lovely solitary walk along mile 174, with no major changes observed and no wildlife sightings.read more
September 16, 2011 - Foulkes
Three people walking on the beach had crossed over from the Sutton Creek Campground. Otherwise the beach showed little sign of human or wildlife activity. There was remarkably little litter or debris on the beach.read more

2010

December 1, 2010 - Foulkes
Lots of kelp has washed up along with bird carcasses. A flock of sanderlings populated the low tide line.read more
August 19, 2010 - Foulkes
I encountered a sleek, youthful sea lion that raised its head as it first detected me passing by about 15 feet away, then got up on all four flippers and charged directly toward me. Fortunately for me, even charging sea lions are pretty slow, so I was able to dash...read more
June 7, 2010 - Foulkes
Lots of litter washed in from the ocean, mostly bottles and jars. One dead seal. No roped-off areas for snowy plover protection.read more
March 4, 2010 - Foulkes
I was alone on the beach and saw no other living creature anywhere along mile 174. Lots of new driftwood has been washed ashore, including some very large logs and tree roots and occasional pieces very high up in the dunes.read more

2009

December 3, 2009 - Foulkes
Very little change from the last report. Two dead seagulls, but little else to report.read more
September 17, 2009 - Foulkes
It was a calm day, the beach was clean, and there were no other people or animals around. The rope fence for Snowy Plover protection has been taken down, and there was evidence that walkers and horse riders have been using the Sutton Campground cross-over.read more
February 8, 2009 - Foulkes
There were an extraordinary number of amber, sand-dollar-sized jelly fish washed up on shore along both mile 174 and 175. Large concentrations were gathered at the driftline and other strata, but they were also scattered all over the wet sand. They were so thick along the driftline that it was...read more

2008

September 23, 2008 - Foulkes
The beach was very clean. No birds were present, although marks in the sand indicated they had been there feeding earlier. Nothing unusual to report.read more
August 14, 2008 - Foulkes
Snowy plover fencing on the southern half of the mile has been blown or covered over in several places. A large Windermere Realty free brochure box has washed up.read more
March 13, 2008 - Foulkes
Lots of large driftwood washed in during winter storms.Bulldozer has smoothed the Baker Beach crossing to the beach.read more

2007

October 31, 2007 - Foulkes
It was a beautiful morning on a relatively clean beach. I was passed three times be a white Forest Service truck that was driving along the beach going north, then south, then north again. The truck did not access the beach at Baker beach nor at any point along mile 174.read more
September 18, 2007 - Foulkes
A single lone seagull was the only living thing I observed. Diatoms marked the high tide line. Collections of horse droppings were the only unpleasant aspects of an otherwise beautifully clean beach.read more
August 9, 2007 - RPurscelley
Snowy Plover area, wire ringed and well marked to protect the nesting Plover.read more
May 15, 2007 - Foulkes
Long, telephone-like poles washed up to high levels on the beach. Many small crab carcasses at the shoreline and high-tide mark. Snowy plover roped protection for the mile, with the exception of a gap for the Sutton Creek campground cross-over.read more
March 13, 2007 - Foulkes
The usual sanderlings, seagulls, and blackbirds were not present. Some large pieces of driftwood have washed up to the edges of the dunes. The caterpillar that is clearing areas both south and north of mile 174 has improved access from Baker Beach parking lot and continues to clear nesting areas...read more

2006

December 1, 2006 - Foulkes
Six large, tangled piles of Kelp all along the shore. Lots of new driftwood brought in by the recent storms.read more