Mile 159 Report

April 18, 2013
by JMorris

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Carter Lake
Conditions:
Thursday 1:40 PM
Sunny
68° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Activities:
two beach patrols passed by one forest service and unknown
Concerns:
Fire
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
eerily absent...spotted four or five small shorebirds feeding plus one gull
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
high concentration of shells;clams and others
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam
due to snowy plover nesting restrictions. i stayed below the high tide line..one plastic crate
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
low number of wildlife sighted
Summary:
Very quiet pleasant day with beach clear of debris by recent high winds..
Other Mile 159 Reports (2)

2012

November 2, 2012 - JMorris
Calm day between storms, remote mile, requires long hike, not practical to cross Siltcoos river at mouth due to high flow. Lots of razor clam shells, few other clam types, sand-dollars.Sand birds '...

2008

April 3, 2008 - Foggy
Closest access to this mile is via the Turner Lake Wayside. The trail from there is about a mile, and today there were several deep unavoidable mudpuddles to ford to get to the beach. There was no...
  • Looking north from north edge of Mile 159
  • Many years of foredune accumulation washed away this winter, as CoastWatchers have observed on many other beaches in Coos, Douglas and Lane.
  • Typical profile of foredune and beach on Mile 159