Mile 143 Report

October 28, 2019
by kmwifish

South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Monday 2:00 PM
60° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
6.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
none, just found lotsa plastic crap washed up on beach
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 3
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
We didn't see a truck on the beach, so don't know if it could've been a ranger's truck. There were no vehicle tracks on the beach, when we started walking south. There were deep truck tracks in shoreline sand near Umpqua Dunes parking lot, over an hour later, when we returned, walking north.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
We removed a large trash bag full of plastic, but not all from the driftline. Most larger plastic pieces had been thrown up on dry sand, near the bluff, maybe from previous storms or high tides. Found my first hardhat.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

We saw 5 other humans (2 when we started walking south and 3 when we returned) and one dog, besides we two and our dog.  They were all walking on the beach, but none went very far (it was a chilly, windy, sunny day).  Most humans who come to Umpqua Dunes stay on the dunes, racing around on their infernal ATVs. 

One small dead crab, some crab legs/claws/shells, many dead sand dabs (not sure what their proper name is: the little oblong crab-types who bury themselves in the sand).

Physical changes included new logs/tree root balls washed up on the beach.  One human-built lean-to, made of driftwood pieces; on the beach, near the bluff.

Other Mile 143 Reports (8)


February 3, 2021 - kmwifish
There was much more plastic trash this time, than when we went in October.  There was a more defined bluff along part of the beach, indicating sand had been piled up.  There was a lot of driftwood...


October 23, 2020 - kmwifish
The beach was mostly deserted and there were few birds.  We saw one seal peeking over the whitecaps at us.
January 26, 2020 - kmwifish
The biggest thing I found was the water heater tank.  There were only 3 seagulls and a small flock of sandpipers  Quite windy, lovely to have the beach to myself (I walk farther than my mile).


October 21, 2013 - AnnMissy
The beach was deserted except for us. It was somewhat foggy and windy so not the best day for a stroll on the beach. Did see 3 birds that were dead and washed up on shore...picture below. Picked up...
January 20, 2013 - AnnMissy
Beach looked good other than some bluffing from the higher water. Not too much garbage to collect. Had an enjoyable walk with our daughter, son-in-law, grandsons and two dogs. One grandson found...


October 14, 2012 - AnnMissy
The mile was very quiet with no notable changes. The day was cloudy and windy so not a very nice day to be on the beach. There was lots and lots of kelp in several locations along the mile. We, and...
  • We found many mounds of kelp...more than we generally see.
March 26, 2012 - AnnMissy
Mile 143 is pretty non-exciting. Just basic sand movement and usual shells, drift wood, bird etc. We saw no dead wildlife or physical changes. Were several plastic bottle that we picked up along with...
  • Grandsons and daughter helped us walk our beach mile while they were visiting during spring break. We had our faithful helper dogs with us. Ours is Amos (picture included). He was tired out as we all were. Was a fun time.


September 8, 2007 - twright
Less than the normal invertebrates. One wood box on beach 2' x 2' x 4'