Mile 335 Report

July 19, 2016
by srhoads

Columbia Beach, Coffenbury Lake, Fort Stevens SP
Tuesday 10:45 AM
64° F
Strong from the SW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
2 seagulls
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Build up of sand on dunes

Nice windy, sunny day. Beach pretty quiet, and fairly clean. Some plastics, bottles, left over fireworks, baby wipes, food wrapper, etc. Seems to be local and regional stuff.

  • Walking dogs playing.
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  • Dunes, Build up of Dunes.
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  • A couple occupied pieces of wood
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  • Very thin Wrack line.
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  • Plastic wrappers, looks like box stuffing.
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  • Battery or something similar
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  • Netting probably fishing
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  • Large panel with handle on one side
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  • Cleaning, one bag of trash and a couple larger items.
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Other Mile 335 Reports (35)


January 23, 2017 - srhoads
Beautiful day, peaceful. Lots of people on the beach, especially at the Peter Iredule just north of mile 335. The dunes are building-up.
  • Rebuilding of dunes
  • Natural dune reconstruction, evidence of vehicle traffic


November 16, 2016 - srhoads
Beautiful day, light breeze. Tide pretty high. Thin wrack line with lots of worm castings. LOTS of dead birds, small, medium and large. Dunes wind blown. Lots of micro plastics and big pieces of...
  • cellophane worm casings
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Sanderlings in the surf zone
October 23, 2016 - srhoads
Beautiful morning. Sun at times, warm wind, lots of worm castings and dead Northern Fulmars. Not to much litter.
September 26, 2016 - srhoads
Beautiful day. Lots of human activity: riding horses, playing ball, walking or playing with dogs, family picnics, climbing on vegetated dunes, and one fishing. Lots of tire tracks near wrack line....
June 5, 2016 - srhoads
Beautiful morning; calm, light wind. Lots of clam diggers and cars. Not much disturbance on the dunes. Some replanted European beachgrass near wrack line. Wrack line had mainly small natural stuff in...
  • People, vehicles, wood, and dune.
  • Small wrack line, small size debris.
  • Someone replanted the grass near wrack line.
  • Feathers, some up-dwelling debris, grass, seaweed, small amount of man made plastics, casting, pieces of shells.
  • Smoldering fires, mainly all burning on large to med logs.
  • Dunes mainly intact through mile 335.
  • Clam diggers
  • Or should I say NON-activity, truck, trailer
  • Small fish net, plastic.
  • A variety of stuff.
April 17, 2016 - srhoads
Beautiful warm day. Lots of human activity and vehicles. Collected a quantity of human and fishing debris, 2 pairs of sandals. Still finding tsunamis debris. No glass bottles today. Activity in dunes...
  • Cars, trucks, SUVs and people on beach.
  • Plastic bottle.
  • Asian writing on back.
  • Looks like something from a washing machine or boat.
  • Lots of plastics, cups, bowls, lighters, bottles. Also fish nets, ropes, filters, etc.
  • Dunes giving way and fresh roots.
  • Found tunnels in dunes
  • Old "By the Wind Sailors" along wrack line. Also crab castings, shells, and other natural debris.
  • Climbing dunes, building forts out of driftwood.
  • Found 2 sets of sandals that visitors left.
  • Picked up 2 bags and a large piece of styrofoam. Left at Peter Iredale entrance.
March 30, 2016 - mnfwhite
Sunny mild day with little wind. Counted 18 cars parked at the access point (Peter Iredale), 16 cars on the beach, and 26 people, more than half of whom were sitting or playing in the sand. A few...
March 10, 2016 - admin
Survey taken after a big storm. Enormous amounts of plastics and debris, more than I've even seen before. Too much to pick it all up. I concentrated on macro-plastics, bottles, and fishing gear; 2...
  • Bags of bottles, fishing gear, shoes, and macro-plastics.
  • High water at entrance to beach
  • Dune erosion- cut back of vegetation.
  • Dog walking
  • Variety of beach debris
  • Massive amounts of micro-plastics
  • Barnacles, I believe these are native or universal
  • Light blue plastic bottle. Looked up; from Germany. Nivea Hair Care Stock
  • Tropicana Plastic Bottle, Asian writing on bottle cap
  • Tropicana Plastic Bottle, Asian writing on lower part
  • Writing on front and back of lighter. Looked up; Leopoldo Romanach Coleccion De Arte Cubano
  • Glass bottle, Asian Writing on front top and bottle.
  • Glass bottle, Asian writing
  • Small blue float with Asian writing.
  • Small Blue Asian Float
  • Small Asian Float, Oregon Shore
  • Blue plastic bottle with Asian writing, clear plastic bottle with Asian writing on cap and lower edge, lighter (Cuba), glass bottle with Asian writing, and small blue float with Asian writing.
January 10, 2016 - srhoads
Beautiful day. Small amount of people at the beach, mostly clam diggers. A great amount of mirco and macro plastics and bottles. Some fishing equipment, ropes and nets. Other man made items, 3 tooth...
  • High tide line. A multitude of items on the beach.
  • Micro and macro plastics, Styrofoam.
  • Might be Russian. Anyone know?
  • horse tracks
  • Clam diggers who don't want to get in the water!
  • There was a lot of fiberous material in the surf.
  • Fire Balls.


November 2, 2015 - srhoads
Overall a nice day, cloudy with some openings of sunshine. Beach scattered with natural material, seaweed, wood, shells, etc. One recently washed up brown pelican (eaten body). Lots of large moon...
  • Beach debris
  • Dune pathway
  • Large Moon jelly
  • Lots of rich sea updwelling.
  • Head off
  • Debris
August 15, 2015 - srhoads
Nice day, lots of activity north at the Peter Iredale. Quieter on my mile. Small amount and pieces of native debris. Calm with light breeze. Some dead birds, thought they were Cassin Auklets, but...
May 24, 2015 - srhoads
Pretty nice day. Not much left behind from the tide. Busy beach. just a small amount of shells, small rocks, wood, and algae. There was a bag with army colors and writing and a black glove. One beer...
  • Pics for the day.
  • cut with chainsaw.
  • Down the beach from my survey site. Probably strawberry null.
April 27, 2015 - mnfwhite
Pleasantly warm day with quite a few people enjoying the warm weather, sunning themselves or wading in the surf (21 people and 4 dogs and 12 cars on the beach, 24 cars in parking lot). The only...
March 17, 2015 - srhoads
Weather fair with a light breeze. Fairly quiet on mile 335; a couple clam diggers, a family playing and a walker (on a cell phone). It was nice NOT to see a lot of plastic debris on the beach. Most...
  • Watching ravens eat dead sealion. Location was about 3.5 miles south of Peter Iredale shipwreak, Ft Steven.
February 11, 2015 - srhoads
The day was clam, warm and cloudy. Only observed 3 cars, which includes mine. One lady collecting driftwood and one man sitting in his car smoking.Tide was midway-coming in (1:00pm). Kelp clusters...
  • Lucia with large plastic debris.
January 19, 2015 - srhoads
Human activity was very light. A beautiful sunny day with no wind. Sand is building up on top of the European beach grass, developing higher dunes.The debris on the beach was shocking. Macro and...
January 14, 2015 - mnfwhite
The die-off of Cassin's Auklets was very apparent; we counted 252 of them. There were 6 cars at our access point (Peter Iredale parking lot). We counted 5 cars driving on the beach, but didn't see...


April 20, 2014 - mnfwhite
Pleasant sunny day at the beach. Nine cars, 10 people walking on the sand, one dog. Nothing unusual to report.


April 16, 2013 - mnfwhite
Sunny day with mild wind from the west. There were 9 cars at the access point (Peter Iredale). We saw 3 people walking on our mile, plus 2 people trying to get a parasail into the air, for a total of...


October 17, 2012 - mnfwhite
Pleasant sunny day at the beach, with almost no wind. We didn't see any people or vehicles on our mile. There was, however, a small pickup truck stuck in the sand and abandoned, with high tides...
April 11, 2012 - mnfwhite
Pleasant morning at the beach. Minus tide, with 13 people clamming, plus 1 person walking (total of 14 people on the mile). There were 7 cars parked at the access area, and 20 cars driving or parked...


December 22, 2011 - mnfwhite
12/22/2011, 3:00 pm. Mild day at the beach (about 40 degrees) with a low tide (-.9). 35 people clamming, and three people walking (2 dogs). 9 cars in the parking lot and 25 cars on the beach in...
September 21, 2011 - mnfwhite
Calm quiet day at the beach: only seven people and three cars on the beach. Two people were walking, two were playing with a boogie board in the surf, and three were standing next to their bicycles...


October 6, 2010 - mnfwhite
Beautiful warm and sunny day on the beach. There were a lot of people hunting for clams, but few were finding any. We got eight clams between the two of us and had a very nice dinner that evening!
June 17, 2010 - mnfwhite
June 17th was a week-day clamming tide, with a moderate number of clammers and vehicles on the beach, but all behaving well. There was some evidence of driving up in the dunes at the south end of the...
April 19, 2010 - mnfwhite
Fairly windy and cold morning with a lot of clammers out. Did not find a lot of plastic debris as was reported in the Tillamook area.
January 27, 2010 - mnfwhite
Could have spent the whole day collecting the plastic bottles and plastic mess along the drift line. We carried out what we could.We didn't see any brown pelicans, dead or alive.


June 12, 2009 - mnfwhite
A fairly low tide brought out a lot of clammers. Most people were getting their limits. There were more dead crabs along the surf line than normal.
March 18, 2009 - mnfwhite
Quiet day on the beach, with only 7 people and 4 cars. We didn't find any dead birds or mammals, and there wasn't anything unusual in the driftline. The only wildlife were sanderlings and a few gulls.


December 5, 2008 - mnfwhite
Beautiful partly sunny day at the beach. Any people we saw appeared to be enjoying the welcome break in the weather. Nothing unusual to report.
June 24, 2008 - mnfwhite
Pleasant weather with little wind. Very few people on the beach within our mile, but Peter Iredale (adjacent mile north) had a fairly large number of visitors.
April 3, 2008 - mnfwhite
More activity than normal because of Spring Break. Few shore birds. No speeding or erratic driving.


September 22, 2007 - mnfwhite
Very uneventful. SOLV's beach cleanup occurred last Saturday, so beach was very clean.
June 22, 2007 - mnfwhite
Quiet day at beach, with evidence of driving up into dunes in 3 places.
March 15, 2007 - mnfwhite
Beautiful March day at the beach. Nothing unusual except the 74 people, but that was because it was a minus tide and there were a lot of clammers.