Mile 254

Kiwanda Beach, Neskowin Crest
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.113534995145
Longitude: -123.983544986720
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Porter Point (45° 09.5142', Mile 257), southerly to the Tillamook County/Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247).
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Kiwanda Beach, Neskowin Crest
Mile 254 Reports (61)


November 20, 2022 - heidenreichh

One dead sea lion which I understand is all too common at this time  on the Oregon Coast.

Erosion continues on dunes north of the end of the rip more

October 4, 2022 - MatthewsE

This is my first observation for mile 254.  It is intended to be a one off ( in that I'm doing this to fill in photos for Oregon Shores and it's been quite a lot of years for COASST submissions in this area.  I can't get too technical with more

  • south end mile 254
  • Bluff
  • erosion
  • Bare to Vegetation Zone
  • Kelp
  • Kelp
  • kelp
  • crab shells
  • Profile of beach
  • Common Murre
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
September 18, 2022 - heidenreichh

About 1/2 of my mile, north of the rip rap,  is experiencing significant erosion.  I would estimate the loss of about 10 feet of dune in the last two months. read more

July 17, 2022 - heidenreichh

Beautiful morning!  Sunny with little wind and many people enjoying the beach.

I saw evidence of  15 campfires along the mile,  two of which were within 30 feet of the dunes/grass, one was still smoldering.  I smotherd it.    Mid mile I noticed mini slides on the face of the dunes, indicating erosion.

In more

June 11, 2022 - heidenreichh

Beach continues to have a gentle slope and is free of human debris.  Small crustaceans found all along the tide line. The "cliffs" at the north end of the mile appear to be eroded into a greater slant.  

Between "Sisters' house' and Neskowin Crest (mid mile) there were four trails more

May 25, 2022 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

May 15, 2022 - heidenreichh

The beach has a gentle slope upward and eastward along Mile 254. North of  the "Sisters' house" where the rip rap ends,  the bay has deepened and the dunes continue to erode as evidenced by the dead sea grass all the way to the Neskowin Crest checkpoint. The cliffs at more

April 16, 2022 - heidenreichh

The dunes north of the rip rap (mid mile) to the end of the mile show slides and sloughing which, in some cases, have been exxagerated by human usage. The cliffs at the end of the mile continue to erode, killing trees and exposing grass roots. 

There were several wide -tire bike trails more

March 19, 2022 - heidenreichh

Evidence of much rounded erosion in fore dunes from "Sisters" checkpoint to Neskowin Crest

Cliffs at end of the mile are collapsing as evidenced by dead and fallen shrubs

Oddly I saw no birds or marine life todayread more

February 17, 2022 - heidenreichh

The sand is sloping upward (east) all along the mile. Clear jellies and small rocks were at tide line. Foredunes are eroding significantly north of the end of the rip rap. 

In fact, one of my "markers" in the dunes, a white stake, has been eroded/washed more

January 22, 2022 - heidenreichh
January 16, 2022 - heidenreichh

It has been 2 months since I walked this mile of beach.  In the meantime, there have been two sets of king tides, one tsunami warning and many storms.   At the end of the rip rap,  there is considerable erosion of foredunes extending for about 1/3 mile.  

Oddly I more


November 27, 2021 - Neskowin254

Aside from the large amount of jellyfish there was not much out of the more

November 16, 2021 - heidenreichh
September 9, 2021 - heidenreichh

There were many mussel shells clustered at McMinnville beach access, a deep hole (human dug) in front of the Breakers Condos, a lot of clear jellyfish (dead) in the tideline (not wrackline). Saw two dead common murres. There is increased erosion on this mile. read more

July 6, 2021 - Neskowin254

Around mile 256 there was a sign lying on the beach that appeared to have fallen down at Bob Straub State Park, was swept into the water, and either floated across the Nestucca River or out to sea and then washed up on the beach (see attached photo).read more

  • Sign
March 31, 2021 - Carpenters

Calm, beautiful day on the beach; people walking dogs or just strolling.  Debris consisted of shells and small rocks, plastic and styrofoam pieces, small amount of driftwood and an intact light bulb, and pieces of fishing boat netting.  Most notable was the erosion causing root exposure and dying shore pine trees. more


December 22, 2020 - Neskowin254

There was a larger amount of natural debris washed up on the beach which had been carried downstream in creeks from recent heavy more

October 3, 2020 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

August 19, 2020 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

June 16, 2020 - Neskowin254

This is the first mile report I have filed since the re-opening of the Neskowin Beach State Recreation Area following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. There were more people on the beach than is normal for a weekday at this time of year, perhaps because people are not at more

January 17, 2020 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to report. There was a king tide a couple of days prior to this report, so there was some debris left at a hgher water line than normal, but otherwise nothing out of the more


October 17, 2019 - Neskowin254

Report filed during a very high tide (see photos)read more

  • High surf
  • High Surf
  • High Surf
  • High Surf
July 31, 2019 - Neskowin254

As noted regarding live animals, on the day prior to this report I saw numerous whale spouts along Mile more

May 15, 2019 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

March 1, 2019 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

January 4, 2019 - Neskowin254

There was a very high tide. The accompanying photos show high wave occurrence and erosion at the Mt. Angel Avenue and Corvallis Avenue beach access points in more

  • Mt. Angel Avenue
  • Corvallis Avenue
  • Corvallis Avenue


December 29, 2018 - Jennifer1

Windy, damp day for the mile walk. Evidence of king tide from flatted grasses and newly exposed logs on bluff. Collected one trash bag of marine/plastic debris. Mostly styrofoam, rather than plastics from previous years at this time. Winds were strong, and blown sand over much of the wrackline more

November 9, 2018 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

August 15, 2018 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

July 26, 2018 - Neskowin254

Unusual dead sea life spotted. Dead manta ray at about the junction of miles 253 and mile 254. Dead sea lion or seal (not sure which) at about the junction of mile 254 and mile 255. See attached more

  • Dead sea lion
  • Dead sea lion
  • Dead ray
  • Dead ray
June 13, 2018 - Neskowin254

Nothing unusual to more

May 3, 2018 - Neskowin254

This is my first mile report since becoming a volunteer and therefore I do not have a previous report with which to make a comparison. However, having routinely walked this mile for ten years it would appear that there is nothing out of the ordinary to report. No recent more

  • Driftwood Structure
  • Driftwood Structure
April 25, 2018 - Jennifer1

Large numbers of Velella Velella in driftline thoroughout the entire length of the mile. Collected kitchen size trash bag amount of ocean debris, plastic bottles, bags, balloons, fishing gear. 2 asian bottles. One large Skate casing, approximately 10" long. read more

February 24, 2018 - Jennifer1

I still need to compare to last years photos but section north of .7 miles appears to have more erosion (photos included) from our last report. beach edge is cliff-like with shear face and drop-off from grass dune area above. visible roots and old logs within the cliff face. read more

  • erosion
  • Dead Sea Lion


March 11, 2017 - Jennifer1
  • Asian Mussels??
  • Large wood
  • Plastic float
  • Wood Debris
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Nylon bag with rope
  • marine debris
  • total collection


December 28, 2016 - Jennifer1

Cleaned plastics along mile stretch of beach from wrack line. Many plastic pieces with Japanese text. Many small broken pieces various colored plastics. Fish netting and floats. Plastic bottle caps, too numerous to count. Hauled 3 large bags for disposal and recycling. 3 dead pinnipeds at locations noted within close proximity. read more

  • Dead harbor seal
  • Japanese marker


May 26, 2014 - SueGabriel
Gorgeous Memorial Day. Lots of people and dogs enjoying the beach--walking, playing in the sand and surf. No problems more


December 16, 2013 - SueGabriel
Beautiful and very quiet day on the beach. Most notable thing was a nicely designed and constructed wind shelter, which really looked more like a large piece of beach art. Photo more
  • Made from driftwood and plants.
April 9, 2013 - SueGabriel
Human activities: 2 walkers and 1 dog; 1 fisherman.Shoreline wildlife: 2 Western gulls monitoring the fisherman. Usual things in the driftline plus large piles of bull kelp, a few clumps of sod, and several large pieces of used lumber, 4x4's and 4x12's, 6-8 ft long. Some had tenon joint more


December 21, 2012 - SueGabriel
Lovely sunny day with a few clouds to make it interesting. Saw full double rainbows! Human Activities: Hardly anyone on the beach. 3 people walking with their dogs. Shoreline/Driftline: The wrack was intermittent and contained all the usual things including lots of plastic. The small pieces, less than 1 more
August 23, 2012 - SueGabriel
Pleasant sunny day on beach. 5 people and 2 dogs walking in the hard sand. Usual stuff in the wrack line. There was some seaweed washing onto shore with the incoming tide. Did not see evidence of significant physical changes since my last quarterly report. No actions more
June 21, 2012 - SueGabriel
Pleasant but quiet morning on beach. Saw only five people and two dogs, all of whom were walking. We saw five birds-in-a-row out beyond the breakers, which may or may not have been brown pelicans. No dead birds or mammals. There was the usual array of stuff in the more
February 27, 2012 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: 6 people and 2 dogs enjoying walking/playing and surf fishing during this respite from rain and wind.Shoreline: Wrack lines contained the usual shells, wood pieces and abundant amounts of plastic and styrofoam. I did not see any debris that could have been from the Japan tsunami. Groups more


December 24, 2011 - SueGabriel
Human activities: 5 people and 3 dogs seen walking and playing on beach.Shoreline Wildlife: Shells, pebbles, small pieces of wood, and some plastic debris. Some seaweed. 5 dead birds--2 Grebes, 1 Common Murre, 1 ? Rhino-ceros auklet, 1 otherwise unidentified Alcid.Physical Changes: No recent overtopping but there may be more
September 18, 2011 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: For a somewhat drippy day there were more people than usual out on the beach--19 and 2 dogs. Tire tracks of an ATV but did not see the offending vehicle.Shoreline Wildlife: Usual small rocks, shell casings, pieces of wood in the wrack line. Three dead birds, one more
March 19, 2011 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: 14 people total: 8 adults; 6 children. Watching waves come in and out.Shoreline Wildlife: Large flock of small shore birds. No dead birds or mammals.Physical Changes: Dune face erosion continues, particularly on north end of mile. One area of riprap in the village was recently more


December 16, 2010 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: Crisp sunny day, wonderful for walking, but only saw one person and her dog enjoying the beach.Shoreline Wildlife: Flocks of small shore birds were foraging in the drift line and also up higher on the beach around piles of bull kelp and sea grasses. Saw a small more
September 19, 2010 - SueGabriel
Mostly sunny day on beach with 17 people and 3 dogs taking the opportunity to get a good walk in before the weather deteriorates again. Although the seagulls dining on crabs were occasionally disturbed by humans, they were more often disturbed by each other. There was lots of competition more
May 31, 2010 - SueGabriel
16 people and 3 dogs were enjoying the beach on this last day of the Memorial Day weekend. One dead sealion was providing meals for turkey vultures. Sand seems to be building up in one area but dune face is retreating both north and south of that area. The more
March 10, 2010 - SueGabriel
Beach appeared to have been swept clean by wind and water. Despite being a beautiful day, I only saw two people on the beach: one walking his 2 dogs and the other surf fishing. There wasn't much of a wrack line but when present it contained the usual stuff. more


December 19, 2009 - SueGabriel
There was not much to see on the beach more
December 9, 2009 - SueGabriel
Humboldt squid dead on beach within 10 feet of dune face. Friend saw it the previous afternoon. Her description (verified by me) is as follows: "A Humboldt squid! Dead, of course; head almost severed, plus a deep injury at the base of the tail and a big notch out more
September 13, 2009 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: 11 adults/children with 2 dogs playing in sand.Shoreline Wildlife: 4 dead birds (3 common murres and 1 Heermann's gull); 1 dead seal; 1 dead sea lion.Driftline content: Usual things plus kelp uprooted by recent storm and lots of small pieces of charcoal in wrack line.Physical Changes: No more
June 9, 2009 - SueGabriel
Aside from some nice beach art and a couple of wind shelters, the beach was free of human clutter. There was build-up of sand close to the water line (a normal summer occurence)with "lakes" forming behind. The wrack line was continuous and contained shells, crab casings, mole crabs, wood pieces, more
March 4, 2009 - SueGabriel
Report prepared in conjunction with dead bird survey. Only one other person seen on beach with two dogs. More jelly fish and salps on beach than we usually see. Large flock of sanderlings foraging in surf line. Some evidence of wave over-topping and erosion but nothing dramatic. We did more


September 2, 2008 - SueGabriel
Lovely quiet day on beach. Found quite a few dead common murres, numbers that we ordinarily see in July and August. Also found a dead ocean sunfish. No problems more
June 18, 2008 - SueGabriel
Beautiful clear day. One person fishing in the surf; three others strolling along the beach taking pictures and hoping to find the elusive agate or a special piece of sea glass. No new problems observed; riprap being repaired at south end of mile. Some sand may be returning. Seagulls more
March 18, 2008 - SueGabriel
The dog and I had the beach to ourselves except for one seagull foraging in the surf line. The south 1/4 mile was not accessible from the beach because the ocean was crashing into the riprap. Installation of rip rap continues between Corvallis and Mt. Angel streets. There is more


November 23, 2007 - SueGabriel
Beautiful day with more than the usual number of people enjoying the beach. No unusual problems were seen other than a moderately large number of dead Northern Fulmars (13).read more
September 21, 2007 - SueGabriel
Lovely day on the beach. Very little human activity. Only saw one dead common murre. There is a new large residence on the beach front at the end of Amity Street. Oregon State Parks is considering a request for installation of permanent revetments on beach front properties near Corvallis more