Mile 247 Report

June 13, 2020
by jayenhollytag

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line
Saturday 3:00 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the N
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
We found and removed a bag of trash including pieces of nylon rope. We also found a large, probably 55 gallon, drum with a long rope attached that we were not able to remove, but Camp Westwind employee said he would remove it with a maintenance vehicle.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
It is difficult to know how much of the landslide areas on the southern portion of the beach are new. Much of the slide area is long-standing and does advance over time.

Mile 247, at the Salmon River Estuary, continues to be a very clean and pristine beach, likely owing to its remote location.  One difference on this inspection was the total lack of dead seabirds, which we had documented previously.  There were also very few live birds, perhaps due to bald eagles that live near the mouth of the Salmon River.

  • Looking North toward Cascade Head
    Looking North toward Cascade Head
    June 12, 2020
  • Lanslide area south end of Mile 247
    Lanslide area south end of Mile 247
    June 12, 2020
  • Plastic drum with rope
    Plastic drum with rope
    June 12, 2020
  • Debris picked up on survey
    Debris picked up on survey
    June 12, 2020
Other Mile 247 Reports (16)


March 3, 2021 - jayenhollytag
We surveyed Mile 247 over two days, March 3 an4 4, 2021.  Although this beach receives very little activity, since there is no easy access, it still has considerable plastic and other trash that...


December 24, 2020 - jayenhollytag
This survey was actually over two days, Dec. 23 and 24, 2020.  The weather was very nice both days, although a bit windy on Dec. 24.  Owing to the remote location of this beach, there was very little...
  • Run-off from hillside on south end of beach
  • View to the north on Three Rocks Beach
  • Debris picked up from Three Rocks Beach
September 20, 2020 - jayenhollytag
This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.  It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.  By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out...
  • egg case
September 20, 2020 - jayenhollytag
This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.  It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.  By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out...
  • egg case
  • tree over cliff
  • Mile 147
  • carved ledge
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.


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...


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.


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.
April 7, 2012 - rainydaywalker
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...


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.


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


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


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


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...