Mile 1 Report

June 21, 2010
by Barbara

Location:
Curry
Winchuck River, Crissey Airport, California border
Conditions:
Monday 10:00 AM
Cloudy
65° F
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
18
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
12
Playing in surf:
2
Playing in sand:
1
Sitting:
3
Fishing:
3
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
8
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
More people due to new Crissy Field Visitor Center access
Notable Wildlife:
cormorants, few pelicans (much less than last year this time), sandpipers, oystercatchers, gulls, osprey, heron
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Wood pieces
always black rubber pieces, not alot; plastic, not a lot
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Winter storms took about 15' of foredune from 3 homes, exposed drainage pipe now visible, tree roots undercut
Comments:
The ocean takes what it wants; private property owners be warned.
Summary:
The Winchuck River Mouth has been fascinating to watch. Huge quantities of sand and gravel have moved around. Sand now covering part of clambeds ("Hooray!the clams say). A sand island appears and disappears at the mouth. Mouth has moved substantially north and back again the last few months. Winter storms are cutting into banks. Have seen otters, seals, a raccoon and many species of birds this Spring...when we ould get on the beach in the RAINY weather we've had.
Other Mile 1 Reports (13)

2018

January 13, 2018 - iornman777
There were a few large tires on the beach. We cleaned debris off the beach but was unable to remove large tires.

2014

January 31, 2014 - floral
Walked the sand dune like area and found the tide very high.. up to the grass in many places toward the Calif. boarder..lots of tree stumps and dead trees on the beach from the Winchuck River I...

2013

December 1, 2013 - floral
Mile 1 today was calm seas even though it was highest tide..walking at the Crissy field was easy and interesting driftwood about.Saw a Great blue heron fishing at the mouth of the river.Also saw tow...

2011

October 14, 2011 - rltrout31@gmail.com
Fisrst time I've seen so many pelicans hanging around; maybe 30 or more. Unusual, even for this (Pelican)bay. Beautiful sunny shirt sleeve weather and almost no wind. Only a few people about, even...
  • Was fun to see thenm diving for food.
  • Mosr driftwood I've seen in a long time.
February 7, 2011 - rltrout31@gmail.com
Very cold and windy. Two people near the visitor center. Center, except for restrooms, closed. Guess it's only open weekkends, under spring arrives. Nothing to report of any note.

2010

April 15, 2010 - rltrout31@gmail.com
Everything still in well-kept condition at this mile, which is the Crissey Field Recreation Area (and Visitor Center, USFS, etc.). It still looks like an intrusion into the area, but maybe time will...
January 26, 2010 - rltrout31@gmail.com
Beautiful sunny and warm day. Lots of people out walking the beach. Almost no litter to be seen--someone's doing a good job (or hopefully, everyone)and it shows from my last visit.
  • Many dozen seagulls congregated at the mouth of the Winchuck River.

2009

October 12, 2009 - Barbara
Last day before first storm approaching. New ugly buildings visible: Crissey Field Visitor Center and huge new palace-style "home" at mouth of Winchuck. Beach beautiful.
July 26, 2009 - rltrout31@gmail.com
Bright, sunny day at this Park/Visitor Center. Lots of people out enjoying themselves. Only problem noticed was that there was much litter everywhere. One man with Volunteer hat was collecting...
  • Crissey Field Visitor Center
March 9, 2009 - rltrout31@gmail.com
Mile 1 is the site for the new Crissey State Park & Visitor Welcome Center. Has been open only about 2 weeks. Minor trash on beach, such as tennis shoes, tangle of rope, plastic bottles. Next...

2008

May 17, 2008 - rltrout31@gmail.com
This is not my mile, but I am switching to it for ease of access. (See report for Mile 2) It was Saturday and no construction activity was visible. The visitor center building is going up -- see...
  • Construction is not very far along.  It appears to be on the highest land at the wayside.  Not visible from the north side of Winchuck R.

2007

November 4, 2007 - floral
This is not my mile but did want to see how the area is coming with the new construction. Big Hole and lots of work going on....beach was enjoyed by several on this beautiful day.
  • Excavation for new Visitor Center, on site of old Crissey Field, almost adjacent to the beach. Shore pines atop foredunes in background.
  • Residence perched on bench at mouth of Winchuck River
May 27, 2007 - mmcdowell1
Access to the beach south of Winchuck R. is strewn with homeless type trash. There is a semi-abandoned looking RV parked along the access trail, brought in from the south end roads. Might not be...