Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.432339899833
Longitude: -124.082379720300
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
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North Spit Alsea River
Mile 202 Reports (13)

2017

July 20, 2017 - Unbound

During our beach cleanup on July 20, 2017 we saw 36 people and 7 dogs. Most people were walking, but it was a beautiful sunny day, so there were some folks who opted to checkout the surf and others who were sitting and enjoying the day. We saw many beach...read more

2016

March 26, 2016 - Unbound

A quiet, cloudy day on the Bayshore. We saw two families, grouped in 6 and 4, respectively, out walking on the beach. We found significantly more marine debris than usual, especially fishing-related items. Odd findings included a crate, a garbage can lid, and a dummy foot for shoe making. All...read more

  • It was a cloudy, overcast day during our cleanup on the Bayshore, North Alsea River Spit, OR.
  • Photo of the wrack line. Lots of driftwood and Velella Velellas.
  • We found significantly more trash on our mile than in previous cleanups. Most of it appeared to have washed onshore. Lots of fishing gear and large pieces of plastic.
  • We found a crate covered with barnacles. We looked but could find no markings of origin.
  • We found a garbage can lid. No markings or sign of origin.
  • We found what appeared to be a foot dummy for shoe making. We did not find any markings or signs of origin.
  • We found a very fresh and pliable deceased pacific loon entangled in netting. We tagged it as #339 as part of our COASST survey. We cut the netting off and disposed of it after tagging.
  • We found a black scoter as part of our COASST dead shorebird survey. We tagged it as #340.

2015

November 27, 2015 - Unbound

Beautiful sunny day on the beach great for a post-holiday cleanup. Counted 27 humans and 9 dogs. Most individuals were walking, but noted one family sitting and observing. Picked up mostly plastic debris including water bottles and food packaging. Also noted Styrofoam and rope debris. Found 5 dead shorebirds and...read more

  • We found a large, flat fish washed up above the wrack line. Possibly a Mola mola?
  • Dead shorebird we identified as a Brandt's Cormorant. Possibly a sooty shearwater. Difficult to tell due to condition of carcass. Tag #334
  • Dead shorebird identified as a northern fulmar. Tag #335.
  • Dead bird identified as a Canadian goose, but possibly a brown pelican. Difficult to identify due to condition of carcass. Tag #336.
  • Dead shorebird identified as a large immature gull. Only head found. Body nowhere in vicinity. Tag #337.
  • Dead shorebird identified as a Northern Fulmar. Tag #338.
  • Looking south down the Bayshore, N. Alsea River mile 202, Oregon.
  • Looking North up the Bayshore, N. Alsea River mile 202, Oregon. Beautiful sunny day with no clouds.
September 17, 2015 - Unbound
Overall light human activity with 21 people and two dogs. We did not notice any unusual levels of trash or debris, but did pick up about a bag's worth. We found nine dead Common murres, possibly connected to a recent wreck on the Pacific Northwest coast. We spotted a few...read more
  • Conditions were mostly cloudy on the Bayshore, North Alsea River, OR on the day of the cleanup
  • A few driftwood structures found on the Bayshore.
  • The fog rolls in on the Bayshore during the cleanup.
  • Sea jelly and kelp found in the wrack line during Bayshore cleanup.
  • We found a toothbrush during our Bayshore cleanup.
  • One of the nine common murres we found and tagged during the Bayshore cleanup. Possibly connected with recent wreck.
July 11, 2015 - Unbound
A cloudy, overcast day on the Bayshore. The debris we found on the beach consisted mainly of the usual microplastics, Styrofoam, and fishing material along with picnic trash left from visitors. Although we did find a lot of remnants from fireworks, it was not as bad as we feared coming...read more
  • Warm, but cloudy, overcast day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR.
  • Found big length of PVC pipe laying on beach. Origin unknown. We pulled it off of the beach and disposed of it.
  • Here's a close-up shot of the length of PVC pipe we found on the beach.
  • Common Murre found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
  • We believe this to be a Sooty Shearwater, found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
  • Brandt's Cormorant found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
  • Second Common Murre found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
February 16, 2015 - Unbound
Beautiful President's Day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR. Enjoyed a very sunny day with record high temps. Noted approximately 20 humans on beach - one family flying kites and playing in the surf, while the rest were walking along the water's edge. Noted lots of driftwood and debris close...read more
  • Photo of tire found on beach.
  • Found a large bag used to hold liquids.
  • A beautiful day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR. Shot looking southwards towards Alsea Bay outlet to ocean. Lots of driftwood near spit.
  • Dead bird identified as a Cassin's auklet. We banded the carcass as #318.
  • Not much left of this bird, but we identified it as a California gull and banded it #319.
  • Identified carcass as a Cassin's auklet and banded it #320.
January 19, 2015 - Unbound
Due to several recent large storms, we noted a much-higher than normal amount of driftwood on the beach, especially towards the North Alsea River Spit. We also noted a higher amount of debris on the beach, mostly bottles and pieces of plastic. Found objects of note included a rusted propane...read more
  • Picture of buoy we found washed up on our mile. We did not find any identifying markers to place its origin.
  • Another angle of the buoy we found washed up on our mile. We did not find any identifying markers to place its origin.
  • Rusted propane tank found on our mile. It was too big for us to remove during our survey.
  • One of the dead shorebirds we encountered during our survey. We identified it as a Northern Fulmar.
  • A dead shorebird we found during our survey. We identified it as a Cassin's Auklet, possibly remaining from the large December wreck.
  • Noted new beach grass planted as part of dune maintenance.
  • Small sampling of some of the debris we found on the beach during our survey. Bucket was found on the beach, but we put it to use right away.

2014

October 26, 2014 - Unbound
Several days of big wind and rainstorms brought lots of debris to mile 202/North Alsea Bay. We encountered a greater-than-usual amount of driftwood on the beach as well as big stumps and logs floating in and out in the surf. Lots of plastic and other non-natural debris was in the...read more
  • Dead seabird Cassin's auklet
  • Another dead seabird believed to be a Northern Fulmar.
  • Very large animal carcass of unknown origin. Found washing in and out of the surf amongst driftwood. Unable to identify but definitely had flesh and bones.
  • Big storms brought in way more driftwood than usual to Mile 202. Logs and stumps of various sizes were seen up on the beach as well as floating in the surf.
  • A few pelicans were spotted with a whole lot of gulls down at the end of the Bayshore spit, North Alsea Bay, OR.
  • Shot of debris in the wrack line.
  • A shot of Mile 202 looking south from the north end. Most of the debris was found on the south portion of the mile near the north shore of the Alsea bay.
June 1, 2014 - Unbound
Beautiful day for a beach cleanup. Lots of debris in the wrack line, particularly plastic. Found bottles, trash, buoys, micro plastic, straws, etc. Also found a lot of styrofoam and rope.Not a lot of people on the beach. Appeared to be a big family flying kites and playing in the...read more
  • Beach conditions for Bayshore, North Alsea River near Waldport, Oregon on 5/25/2014. Beautiful weather and few people on beach.

2008

June 12, 2008 - dddurrett
Blue sky, sunshine(remember sunshine?)Another perfect day on Mile 202, very peaceful, and again, almost deserted. I posted a new seal pup sign at the entrance at Bashore Beach Club, I had info leaflets about marine wildlife but nobody to give them to.read more
  • Photos taken to the south and north
March 5, 2008 - dddurrett
A perfect day at the beach, blue sky and a cool breeze.I picked up very little litter. Sparce drift line with no garbage. I was approached by a couple from California and they couldn't believe how clean and beautiful the beach was. I explained a little about Coast Watch and...read more

2007

November 5, 2007 - dddurrett
There was the normal amount of logs and tree debris for this time of year. I picked what little litter there was,(hooray-not one plastic water bottle!). After a good two hours on the beach it remained deserted, maybe because of limited access. Overall mile 202 looked very healthy.read more
September 9, 2007 - dddurrett
Beautiful day but very few people on the beach for a Sunday.Very little litter, picked up 1 bag full. Found remnants of small drift wood fire.read more