Mile 159 Report

November 2, 2012
by JMorris

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Carter Lake
Conditions:
Friday 12:30 PM
Cloudy
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Playing in surf:
2
Concerns:
People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
season ok
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
4
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
uniform, light amount of plastic at high tide line, some foam and water bottles in beach grass.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
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 'peeps' at water's edge. Occasional larger bird flying at surf-line.
Other Mile 159 Reports (2)

2013

April 18, 2013 - JMorris
Very quiet pleasant day with beach clear of debris by recent high winds..

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