Mile 327

Clatsop Plains
Clatsop County

Latitude: 46.050024941870
Longitude: -123.929529843320
  • Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time between the Peter Iredale Road (46° 10.6950', Mile 336), southerly to the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326).
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Clatsop Plains
Mile 327 Reports (22)


July 5, 2022 - sultanym

A morning walk on mile 327 on July 5th revealed a significant amount of human trash from the fourth of July festivities on the beach, including hundreds of fireworks, abundant single-use plastics, and many food containers/food waste. Most debris was located directly on the beach from the Del Rel more

  • Sparkler
  • Firework debris
  • Homemade firework found on beach
  • Charred remains of fireworks burned on beach
  • Burned fireworks (close-up)
  • Spent firework debris on beach
  • Dead Common Murre eaten by predator
June 29, 2022 - sultanym

A cloudy yet mild afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed an interesting diversity of arthropod species in the wrack line: Say's Stink Bug, Large Yellow Underwing, 61 Serrated Darkling Beetles, and ladybird beetles (Coccinella and Hippodamia). Other notable species included many 5-10mm sized By-the-wind Sailor (Vellela vellela) washed up on more

  • Velella velella
  • Genus Cakile


June 17, 2021 - sultanym

A quiet, cloudy morning walk on the southern end of mile 327 reveals considerable trash from human activities around fire pits on the dry sand area above the high tide line. We removed 15 pounds of trash in a SOLV bag and left at mile marker 5, Del Rey more

  • Brown Pelicans
  • Metal rusted grate washed up on the beach
  • Looking north of Del Rey Access road with receding tide (mid-tide)
January 13, 2021 - sultanym

Today was a welcome respite from the recent heavy rain, high winds, and stormy weather that accompanied the King tides of Jan. 11th-13th. This afternoon's walk had mild weather, little wind, and cloudy skies. With an outgoing tide, a large stretch of beach was covered in sea foam. The more


October 28, 2020 - sultanym

Mid-morning walk south towards Gearhart beach at a very high tide along the tide line I saw a dead Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) carcass with bands on its legs. I submitted a banded bird report to the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory, and I am more

October 20, 2020 - sultanym

Walked south of the Del Rey beach entrance 0.5 miles to cover one half of mile 327. I collected about 20lbs of trash from this part of the mile. Notable debris included fishing gear (ropes, bait bucket, rubber worm), plastic bottles and bottle caps (including one bottle with Korean more

June 16, 2020 - sultanym

Mid-morning walk on mile 327 with no wind and sunny weather. Observed 6 people recreating on the beach close to the Del Rey entrance road. One dead pinniped eared seal family Otariidae (photographed below) and one dead bird (too far gone to identify) and a mystery pinniped skull). I more

February 9, 2020 - sultanym

Chilly, clear (37 degrees F) early morning walk with visible frost covering the beach sand on mile 327. The weekend's impressive King Tides revealed an abundance of debris. I removed 45lbs of trash (3 SOLV bags full of hard plastic, marine-based debris, large styrofoam pieces, including floats and water bottle more

January 25, 2020 - sultanym

Late afternoon walk on mile 327 during an outgoing tide. Observed a recently dead fully intact beaver (Castor canadensis) about 0.25 south of Del Rey Beach access at Highlands Ln. Two people moved the beaver up into the foredune area near a large two-pronged stick, out of the way more

January 1, 2020 - sultanym

Windy, cloudy late afternoon beach walk covering 0.44 miles of mile 327. Significant amount of sea foam blowing across the sand and along the low tide line. Large woody debris and tree trunk washed ashore from winter storms. Observed 7 WEGU (western gulls) on the more


June 13, 2019 - sultanym

A quiet, cloudy mid-morning walk on Del Rey Beach, mile 327 with people clamming, walking, and sitting on the beach. Little wind and mild day. Observed a dead California sea lion on the beach near the Highlands road beach entrance attracting some attention from curious beach-goers. Saw California market more

April 21, 2019 - sultanym

Human activities: I observed 15 people on the beach, 10 were clamming at the low tide line and 5 were sitting on the beach. Along this mile, there was much evidence of clamming with mounds of wet sand piled from clam gun activity. I observed 21 vehicles on the beach, more

March 4, 2019 - Merce and Michael

Evidence of driving on dunes where vehicles aren't more


July 18, 2018 - Simonetal

Lovely day at the beach with many others enjoying more


November 15, 2016 - Simonetal

Windy, cloudy wintery day on beach at high king tide.  Surf comes up to edge of dunes and near the end of the asphalt surface of access road to beach at Del Rey entrance.  At 9:30 am we saw 8 fulmars struggling in the surf or at surf line. more

May 10, 2016 - Bob Harvey

Dead sea lion 2 miles N of Del Rey Beach access, on the beach. Headless and still 7 ft. longread more

  • Dead headless sea lion found on the beach at Del Rey Beach State Recreation Area


December 30, 2015 - Simonetal

Lovely cold day at beach with few recreational activities underway, including three horses out for a beach ride. Tides have been high into the dunes, to the very top over last week's king tides and deposited lots of sand to entirely cover the slope of the more

  • Storm debris and overtopping of dune grass
  • tracks up dune, photo shows sand blown most of the way up the foredune.
  • debris and sand deposition at Del Rey Beach auto access
  • A sunny day at the beach, with debris and horses, looking north.
  • Beach puppy on log
November 21, 2015 - Simonetal

Lovely day on beach. People driving cars in accessible areas due to very cold weather, but sunshine. 19 people exploring beach. Few birds around, although we found 14 dead (see earlier list of species). Sand is building up dunes after the week of stormy more

  • Dead Raccoon, found down on beach
  • Dead raccoon, found on beach
  • Found dead raccoon on beach
  • Elk hide, Found on beach in two pieces. no other animal parts.
  • Elk hide, Found on beach in two pieces.
  • Skate egg case with barnacles
  • Sunfish? Found on beach up high
  • Chinese Spray Can, Golden Dragon, found on beach
  • Lori, Looking south on Oregon mile 327 with Tillamook Head in the background.
  • Horses at sunset; A pair of riders came up the beach at sunset. They parked their trailer in the vehicle parking lot by the Del Rey beach access.
  • Spotted 4 Killdeer at base of dunes.
January 17, 2015 - Simonetal
Nice windy day; lots of folks out driving the beach and a few hardy souls more


December 20, 2014 - Simonetal

Found three dead birds (2 common murres, 1 red phalarope). High tide was at 6.6' hitting the low slope of the dunes and rushing into the roadway at least 100'. Only saw 2 people walking, and 2 cars driving in allowed area, although at the edge of dunes as more


April 3, 2010 - Simonetal
Heard reports of glass floats being found; we found none. Very stormy, cold day. Few people out walking dogs or traveling the beach mile by more


January 13, 2008 - tsunami
A bit more trash on the beach than usual, mixed with driftwood / seaweed, most likely washed in as a result of the heavy surf / high tides.The high water was tending to squeeze the pedestrians and the few cars on the beach into a narrow band against the dunes, more
  • plastic trash on the beach
  • Juvenile bald eagle