Mile 247 Report

September 3, 2019
by jayenhollytag

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line
Tuesday 10:30 AM
Party cloudy
Humans / Pets:
Three boats of crabbers were noted at the mouth of the Salmon River.
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
A few seabirds
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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 picture) but not the dog. We saw several dozen people access the beach from the Salmon River over the Labor Day weekend (we can see the beach from our home at Cascade Head Ranch), but the area was pristine with no signs of people having visited.

  • Live trap set for abandoned dog
    Southern end of the beach near the bank
    September 3, 2019
  • Looking North
    Taken from South end of beach looking North to provide an overview of the beach.
    September 3, 2019
Other Mile 247 Reports (12)


June 13, 2020 - jayenhollytag
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,...
  • Looking North toward Cascade Head
  • Lanslide area south end of Mile 247
  • Plastic drum with rope
  • Debris picked up on survey
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


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...