Mile 247 Report

April 7, 2012
by rainydaywalker

Location:
Lincoln
South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line
Conditions:
Saturday 12:00 PM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
56
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Playing in surf:
3
Playing in sand:
8
Sitting:
1
Rockhunting:
2
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
glass float hunting 6
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
Cliff climbing in marked zones
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
I photographed activity and artifacts (sand writing). A fellow, dressed like a beachcomber in khaki hat, cargo cutoffs and teeshirt, sitting comfortably reclined in the dunes, enjoying the view, returned my wave. I did not photograph him. A group 1/8 mile s of casino stairs appeared to be a family in two lines along the dune, one line facing w, the other facing e. Each person at the s end of the west-facing line walked to a container held by two folks in the e facing line and dropped in some object. This continued until the last person, an adolescent girl, was the only w facing member of the party. She took out a camera and photographed the e facing group. A good time seemed to be had by all. Not wishing to intrude in their ceremony, I did not photograph them. I also photographed oil rising from the base of the striated dune about 20 feet n of the casino stairs.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
It was invigorating to be on the beach again. Short visits due to winter tide conditions and my schedule have limited this activity. I was so taken by the apparent joy among the folks out for their own beach fun, that I decided to photograph the humans, as well as the shell/pebble/wood content of the shoreline. The tops of offshore rocks seemed to be relatively bare of the usual mussels.
Other Mile 247 Reports (11)

2020

March 4, 2020 - jayenhollytag
Another calm day on a beautiful beach.  Aside from pieces of plastic, an ever present problem on many Oregon beaches, no reason to be concerned about the beach at Mile 247.

2019

December 3, 2019 - jayenhollytag
Overall, Mile 247 continues to be an an exceptionally clean, pristine beach, owing largely to its remote location.  In addition to what was noted above, we saw two dead seals or sea lions and about a...
  • Mile 247
  • Dead seal
  • Live harbor seals
September 3, 2019 - jayenhollytag
We were informed by Westwind staff that a live trap had been set for a dog that had been roaming the beach for several months, living off a whale tale that had washed ashore. We saw the trap (see...

2013

April 8, 2013 - rainydaywalker
A significant number of people appeared for such a remote mile. Spotted an entire tree deposited on shoreline, as well as clumps of mussels.

2012

August 2, 2012 - rainydaywalker
Sandcastle on the beach. Trawler offshore. Abundant tidepool life.
July 24, 2012 - rainydaywalker
Six sandcastles present. Found some spent fireworks debris.

2011

June 1, 2011 - rainydaywalker
I noted the average in my report, as my walks are frequent, but my reports are few. Have misplaced my log-on identity, so created a new one this afternoon, in order to submit this report.

2009

September 25, 2009 - jboyden
A glorious Indian Summer day on this pristine beach. The gulls and brown pelicans had it all to themselves.
  • Looking south over Mile 247
  • Keyhole in bluff at south end of mile 247

2008

February 5, 2008 - jboyden
The weather was fierce and the tide was high. The beach was clean. No problems to report.

2007

August 25, 2007 - jboyden
This mile continues to be very clean. The large number of brown pelicans was the highlight of the day.

2006

September 24, 2006 - jboyden
1. No further progress in rock slides on southern basalt wall. Grass is starting to grow on it. 2. The sand has really built up since my last visit [6/18/06]. The rocks at the south end are nearly...