Mile 255

Kiwanda Beach
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.127669792026
Longitude: -123.979529428980
Vehicles:
  • 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
Mile 255 Reports (27)

2018

November 7, 2018 - bballentine

Beach is very clean, almost no signs of man-made debris. Sand slopes up to foredune making dune look lower, but no evidence of erosion of dune. Only bird life noticed was a few gulls.read more

August 15, 2018 - bballentine

Appeared to be very low tide, wet beach area larger than we have seen in the past. Some large areas of crab molt. Beach was clean, almost no man-made debris. There was a dead sea lion at the southern end of the mile with turkey vultures eating the carcass. read more

June 4, 2018 - bballentine

Very pleasant day. Beach is wide and very clean, only picked up a few water bottles and plastic bags. No styrofoam, which was quite prevalent in the past.read more

March 6, 2018 - bballentine

Beach is very wide. Foredune appears steeper and lower than previous visits. Public access trail in Mile 254 across foredune is trench like. Very little trash on beach. Beautiful view up and down beach.read more

2017

July 19, 2017 - bballentine

Beautiful sunny day. Beach was the cleanest we have seen in 5 years monitoring. Found three fireworks casings near beach houses other than that very little trash. No styrofoam, no bottles, no cut lumber, no fishing gear. Crab and shrimp molt at high tide line. read more

May 1, 2017 - bballentine

Cool, cloudy day with light rain. Beach was very clean, only a few plastic bottles and one section of rope found, no styrofoam. Crab moult and dried Velella at high tide line. Few people walking on beach.read more

2016

August 19, 2016 - bballentine

Very pretty day with more than usual number of visitors to beach, probably due to very high temperatures inland. Beach was very clean, much less trash picked up than in previous visits. Have noticed a real drop in Styrofoam compared to previous years.read more

March 18, 2016 - bballentine

Seaward side of dune appears to have eroded so it is much steeper and difficult to reach beach from public access site. There was the normal collection of plastic water bottles on beach and some glass bottles including one with traditional Chinese script label. Some fishing gear with a major...read more

2015

November 8, 2015 - bballentine

High tide, large breakers off shore. Beach is much narrower than in summer. Waves coming almost to the dune edge. Picked up plastic debris and rope/nets but Styrofoam was almost completely absent. Picked up a bottle marked "Paolyta Co" which is a popular drink from Taiwan.read more

May 31, 2015 - bballentine
Beach was mostly clean. Some glass bottles and fish net rope in one location that appeared to have been gathered by a beach visitor and left in a plastic bucket. Pelicans were diving for fish just beyond the surf line and several seals were swimming in the surf. One seal...read more
April 23, 2015 - bballentine
Very quiet day, only one person on beach other than us. Gulls, crows, and sanderlings seen. Some very large drifts of Velella velella in several areas, smaller numbers scattered along whole mile. Beach area quite wide. South end of mile very clean but north end had several plastic fishing floats,...read more
February 25, 2015 - bballentine
Very low tide, beach very wide. Pleasant day despite heavy cloud cover, some fog, and light mist at times. Debris on beach was mostly small fragments of plastic, very few bottles or styrofoam pieces which have been common in previous trips. Did find two plastic pallets partially buried in sand...read more

2014

September 25, 2014 - bballentine
Beach was the cleanest we have seen it, very few pieces of styrofoam, no water bottles or other packaging. Only two others on beach, 1 running 1 sitting. Found 3 mures that appeared to be exhausted from flying in very strong winds. Also 5 dead mures, two of which had...read more
August 13, 2014 - bballentine
Beach very wide, sand has built up a bench against dune. Much of the rip-rap in front of beach houses at southern end of mile is covered with sand. Beach was clean for the most part, no water bottles or styrofoam that we normally see along high tide line.read more
February 22, 2014 - bballentine
Beach wide and relatively clean. Very pleasant day with a number of people walking on beach. In contrast to most of our visits there was no Styrofoam along the high tide line. Removed several pieces of fishing net and a number of plastic water or beverage bottles. Two of the...read more

2013

November 17, 2013 - bballentine
Strong winds from the South. Beach mostly clean, much narrower than in Summer. Picked up two plastic beverage bottles, one with Chinese label other with Japanese label. Only one styrofoam piece. Dead shark near high tide line.read more
September 7, 2013 - bballentine
Beach wide and relatively clean, very little styrofoam. Picked up a few water bottles, little other debris other than a pair of discarded beach shoes and short pieces of rope. Saw a few pieces of milled lumber heavily encrusted with bivalve mollusk shells.read more
May 3, 2013 - bballentine
Beach much wider than 2 months ago with sand spits projecting into ocean. Generally clean with less plastic foam than last visit. Several sections of heavy wood beams. Found structural section of fiberglass reinforced polyester about 4' x 1.5' that appears to be from gunwale of a small boat, blue...read more
February 24, 2013 - bballentine
Sunny day but cold wind blowing in from ocean. More plastic than usual at high water line. Also more driftwood, including cut lumber and two wooden beams with mortice cuts for joints. One beam was about 10' long and had a slight curve to it as found in bridge timbers...read more

2012

December 29, 2012 - bballentine
Overcast day, heavy surf. Beach mostly clean but many plastic bottle caps at high tide mark. Less plastic foam than in earlier visits. Several pieces of lost fishing gear (net, rope, float)that we picked up and removed. Saw 7 people walking on beach and one dog.read more
November 10, 2012 - bballentine
Beach was relatively clean and wide. Saw about 8 walkers, one with two dogs. Tire tracks visible several places along beach, probably from an ATV. Some foam pieces and plastic bags along high tide line. Found a few plastic water bottles. One bottle cap with label in Russian. Found one...read more
July 24, 2012 - bballentine
Beach relatively clean, less debris seen than in previous visits. Only found 2 plastic bottles, much less styrofoam. Found a small wooden shipping pallet heavily encrusted with barnacles.read more
June 20, 2012 - bballentine
Beach generally clean, some foam pieces, one wooden shipping pallet, picked up two bags of plastic bottles including one Japanese dish washing detergent bottle. Several spherical plastic fish net floats at north end of mile. Found a clean 2 x 4 board on sand. Few people on beach, one couple...read more
April 22, 2012 - bballentine
Very warm and pleasant day, saw approx. 15-20 people walking on beach. Beach was very clean, only saw a few small pieces of styrofoam and one barnacle-encrusted styrofoam fishing float. No shore birds observed, some flights of gulls and a few crows.read more
March 23, 2012 - bballentine
First visit to this mile. Met Sue who has observed mile 254 for many years and walked with her as she gave us much useful information.Very pleasant, sunny day on beach. Saw 3 beachcombers, two women with two small children enjoying running into the water, and one surf casting fisherman...read more

2007

March 1, 2007 - seadavu
3 beached birds: 2 grebes and 1 was definitely a tufted puffin, winter plummage of course. I called Connie Owston as she has this area of the beach for dead birds.read more
February 28, 2007 - seadavu
Okay I have a question, the tide line is covered with a slick dark "stuff", first thought of oil, but wonder if its an organism that has broken down, didn't seem to be bothering the gulls at all. Can someone give me info on this???Also there are a lot less...read more