Mile 156 Report

June 20, 2012
by JELong

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Conditions:
Wednesday 12:00 PM
Sunny
62° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
The vehicle was a Siuslaw National Forest truck driven by government employee who was outto monitor the roped off Snowy Plover nesting areas along my mile.
Notable Wildlife:
Almost nothing, perhaps 2 seagulls. There was a a very noticable lack of any wildlife.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
A few pieces of dimensional lumber, a fair amount of large styrofoam pieces, and about 1/2 dozen large black fish net floats.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
The entire length of mile 156 is now a protected nesting zone for Snowy Plovers. It has been roped off from behind the fore-dune to approximately 10 feet above the summer mean high tide line. This encompasses the top 60 to 70 feet of the beach and is where the majority of objects have been stranded. Unless one were to violate the "do-not-enter" rule, it is not possible to closely exam most items behind the rope. Fortunately, we did not notice any debris or large objects of interest that we felt needed to be investigated in any detail. Whereas this is great the for nesting Plovers, it makes for a very boring mile report.
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2015

February 22, 2015 - Radioguy
I had been wondering how I could get all the trash off my mile of beach since it is relatively remote in an area where vehicles are not normally permitted. The Surfrider beach cleanup was a welcome...
January 22, 2015 - Radioguy
I cross Mile 157 to get to mile 156. Not much going on on this remote section of beach. Saw a few footprints of walkers but no motorized tracks. There's some trash washed up, floats, bottles and a...

2014

August 19, 2014 - Radioguy
My first trip to mile 156. I had to cross mile 157 to get to "my" mile. Both miles had no significant issues to report. About a four hour round trip walk from the Oregon Dunes Overlook parking lot...

2010

October 8, 2010 - oldMGguy
Due to the nice weather, I hiked the entire 4.5- mile US Forest Service's Oregon Dunes Overlook Loop Trail #1334. From the parking lot, it's a short mile to the beach, then 1.1 miles down the beach...
September 8, 2010 - JELong
Not much out of the ordinary for this stretch of beach. The summer winds had blown sand back onto the beach and filled in along the base of the foredune, covering a lot of the more permanent old...
March 23, 2010 - JELong
What a great March day on the Oregon Coast! Almost still in the morning, no clouds or wind, temp around 60, just my dear friend Bonnie and I hiking the dunes and the beach north of the mouth of...

2008

June 21, 2008 - JELong
We saw very little wildife activity, only a few small shorebirds and the one eagle. There were extremely few items of any kind washed ashore, they had probably already been buried under the influx...
March 8, 2008 - JELong
I hiked with my friend Bonnie on her mile, 157, then we headed south down my mile, 156. We both noted the almost total absence of foredune erosion or sand scouring on the upper beach. Although the...

2007

May 26, 2007 - JELong
I saw more people on my mile this time than ever. I believe this was because it was Memorial Day weekend, and a group of about 8 people had hiked in and camped on one of the oxbows of Tahkenitch...