Mile 152 Report

September 20, 2008
by cmoore

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, north of Threemile Creek
Conditions:
Saturday 11:00 AM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
4.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
25
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
4
ATVing, driving
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
Lots of litter in camping areas; at inlet
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
15
ATVs/OHVs parking:
2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
3
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
4
Activity Comments:
The heaviest usage we've seen. A group of about 6 tents in the sand near parking lot. One man said there was lots of litter at camping sites in the forest off the parking lot and there were about 30 people there the previous weekend. There is no porta-potty. With such heavy usage, there should be a toilet. Otherwise, they're going in the woods and dunes.
Notable Wildlife:
A group of sanderlings; one duck
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Species/names:
Probably common murres - very decomposed
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
n/a
Summary:
A beautiful day, no wind, clear and warm. Four of us, including webmaster Lloyd Maxfield, did the SOLV clean-up on this mile as well as the area near the stream outlet. We collected almost 8 bags of trash, including rope, plastic, styrofoam, beer cans,and glass. One bonfire site near the stream was a mess - broken beer bottles, diapers, etc. There was a brush fire two weeks ago, according to the ranger, and much of the driftwood in the stream was charred. There was a group campsite of about 5-6 tents in the sand near the parking lot. I think a porta-potty should be provided in the parking lot since the beach and forest seem to be popular camping spots.
Other Mile 152 Reports (6)

2009

March 13, 2009 - cmoore
A nice day to walk the beach, and a good day for fishing, apparently. There were 9 fishermen. The beach was quite clean, due in part to the efforts of a man from Roseburg who picks up rope and floats...

2008

December 30, 2008 - cmoore
Very high tide and wave action and not much beach, so we were a bit uneasy, looking at the bluffs in case we needed to scamper up them. lots of white foam. the river is flowing again and the lean-...
  • 100 yards north of access road
July 23, 2008 - cmoore
The beach itself is beautiful and showed little signs of ATV usage except for plastic bottles and other trash. The beach has very few shells or casings and very few birds. There is apparently a lot...
  • One of two lean-tos for camping.
  • Piles of driftwood logs are choking the water outflow at the inlet
April 28, 2008 - cmoore
A quiet Monday walk on a quiet beach. There was evidence of ATV action over the weekend--tire tracks in the sand. We picked up a garbage bag of trash, including a plastic bottle from China. Otherwise...

2007

October 27, 2007 - cmoore
It was a beautiful day on Mile 152 and we were the only people (and dog) on the beach. There were no ATVs or vehicles. The beach was very clean, a nice surprise after our August walk. In fact, it was...
  • A massive clump of bull kelp
August 22, 2007 - cmoore
It was a beautiful, sunny day in August on this seemingly remote beach. It is a popular place for ORVs, however; the sand is full of tire tracks and there was considerable trash. We picked up two...