Mile 303

Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.758949776562
Longitude: -123.968684394510
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Clatsop County-Tillamook County line (45° 46.9902', Mile 306), southerly to the south line of Oswald West State Park (45° 44.4000', Mile 301).
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Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Mile 303 Reports (14)

2022

August 14, 2022 - jessejones

This morning CoastWatch hosted an educational walk with Stewart Schultz - 18 people were a part of the walk, but others joined as the session went on (for about 3 hours). Low tide morning, super weather. We started at the north end tide pools to view the sea star survey...read more

January 23, 2022 - shattuckf

It was a beautiful and sunny day out on Short Sand Beach and in Oswald SP. There was not much of a breeze on the beach and it was warm for a January day on the Oregon coast. Beach was fairly packed with surfers and beachgoers and there was much...read more

2021

November 16, 2021 - DeborahP

We observed typical post rain/storm erosion and debris. The wrack line was surprisingly clean of trash. The concrete dock is becoming buried under sand.read more

  • Tree slid down the bank
August 23, 2021 - angela whitlock
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
July 22, 2021 - shattuckf
  • Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
  • Gull in the sand
  • Eroding bluff
  • Up close shot of the bluff erosion
  • A 5-6 feet long burial mound of sand and rocks, with a cairn tombstone at the southern end of the mound on Short Sand Beach.
  • Trees in the process of falling over due to bluff erosion.

2019

August 19, 2019 - jessejones

Sunny, warm day at Shorties with a mild crowd of families and surfers. Most notable as always is marine debris including microplastics in the sand and in the wrackline.  Large log covered with pelagic gooseneck barnacles was a cool sight. read more

2012

March 4, 2012 - LisaL
A plastic wrapper with Japanese writing was in the drift line. The south cliff looks look there has been some erosion over winter. Fallen trees were present along the side of the cliff. Morphology of the sand bars and cliff has changed. There were more pebbles than usual in the...read more

2011

December 4, 2011 - LisaL

Large number of people; signficant marine debris.read more

December 1, 2011 - LisaL
Observed nothing but ordinary recreational activities.read more
October 23, 2011 - LisaL
It was a fairly typical day at Oswald. Overcast, people surfing, and people with their dogs. The afternoon was busy with tourists, but as it got later in the day, there were mostly surfers left at the beach. The only things of interest to note was a large of amount...read more
June 5, 2011 - LisaL
It was warm and calm. It was very cloudy with a little fog. The air was still. Several tiny fish, about an inch long were in the water in the swash zone. The beach looked clean, I did not see the plastic debris as I usually do. The drift line...read more
April 8, 2011 - LisaL
Deceased young 40-45lbs harbor seal on beach near high tide line at south end.read more
March 19, 2011 - LisaL
Trail up to Devils Cauldron was in good condition, but muddy. Suspension bridge showed some sign of wear and graffiti was present at the bridge. Several plastic water bottles were on the rocks off the beach. Drift line near north end of beach was dense with small plastic particulates.Water Quality...read more

2009

October 9, 2009 - beachmike
I didn't see any signs of man-made or major natural changes to this section of the coast. Despite the fact that this is such a heavily used beach, I didn't find any garbage. The people seemed pretty respectful of their surroundings. The number of cars in the parking lot is...read more
  • Lots of feathers!