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26 hobbins 01/25/2021

We did not make the full 3 miles due to trash pick up. Our bag was full. Styrofoam was a great portion of it. Crab buoys, shot gun wads, styrofoam cup pieces . We also found a crab cage connected to a log. It was buried in the sand too far to remove. Lots of wood from large surf. Shoreline was steep. It looked like a great undertow was probably present.

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299 cpendergrass 01/24/2021

Not much population pressure on the beach...only 38 people and 9 dogs. Major storms and king tides have wrought big changes in the dunes. Many instances of waves topping the dunes have left driftwood in unusual places. The dunes themselves have been cut back severely...the most I've seen in the past 7 years I've been doing this survey for CoastWatch. They are currently unscalable in many areas. In places, the water was able to get behind the foredune area and swept the foredune away leaving only a few tussocks of dune grass strewn about. Very dramatic! 

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220 Hillsideshack 01/22/2021

A nice sunny day on 220. Got a very long piece of rope (approx 25 meters) off the beach along with trash. One LIGU, not yet tagged. So much more visible erosion this winter, seems every week it is even more pronounced. Trees, bluff slumping down towards the sea. The 3 black plastic long drainage pipes are concerning as they are eventually going to go into the ocean.

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236 Streets 01/21/2021

As I don't live here, there's a lot that I miss. However, I've been watching for some time the bluff erosion south of the Gleneden Beach State Park, from the north to south property lines of World Mark. Interesting exposure of "stuff" embedded in the cliffs. I shall attempt to send photos.

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280 angelaarena 01/21/2021 View full report 3
314 FOHRAP1 01/21/2021

A quiet day on the beach, a few folks and lots of dogs.  The most noteworthy thing on the walk was the erosion of sand and dunes resulting from the storm last week.  I have walked the beach many times in recent weeks, the level of dune cut out in most of the photos was a result of the King tide last week coupled with the storm.

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313 FOHRAP1 01/20/2021

A cloudy calm day on the beach with a few visitors.  The notable observations include erosion along the dunes as a result of last weeks king tides+ storms, lots of large logs on the beach, and small pieces of plastic along the high tide debris line.

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101 GarrettSEA 01/19/2021

Rock climbing, pyrosomes, rocky beach

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202 Jon French 01/19/2021

A sunny but somber morning on Mile 202, the ocean fairly calm after last week's storms, King Tides, and beach hazard warnings. Last Friday afternoon, a local resident, Toni Goessman, age 60, didn't return home from walking her two boxer dogs on the beach, and when one of her dogs returned home soaking wet, her husband reported her missing. That night her body was found by Search and Rescue in the surf at the mouth of Alsea Bay. Her other dog wasn't found. I didn't know Ms. Goessman, but I had noticed her in the past on Mile 202, walking with her boxers along the waters edge like the people are doing in the attached photos. As one of the reports of Ms. Goessman's death stated, "Large 'sneaker waves' are common along Oregon beaches. The closer walkers get to the water, the greater the danger."

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154 oldMGguy 01/15/2021

I hiked the 3-Mile Lake - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail today, starting and ending in the Tahkenitch Dune Campground trailhead parking lot.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and southern half of Mile 155.

I met just one trail runner on the entire 6.2 mile loop.  Only notable wildlife were bunches of Rough-Skinned Newts doing their slow-motion stroll across the trail surface.  A few Pacific Winter Wrens were peeping away from the foliage, no other notable birds or critters observed, mostly due to foggy conditions on the beach.  Even though I was out on the beach 2 hours after high tide, the occasional sneaker wave would force me up against the eroded sandy foredunes.

There are debris piles at both beach access points from beach walkers picking up the worst of the marine-sourced debris, mostly plastic bottles and fishing/crab pot floats.  If you look closely at the contents of the high water wrack line, it is filled with plastic bits and pieces - bottle caps, shotgun shells, inhalers, immense numbers of dime-to-quarter sized plastic bits, and lots of nylon rope pieces and shreds.  This was hands-down the worst collection of plastic debris I've ever seen on this beach since 2007 (see photo).

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199 seagazer 01/15/2021 DISPATCH

In this dispatch, it will cover mostly visually the changes to the embankments of the eight or so private residences north of the Wakonda Beach (Beachside Beach) beach access (highway mile marker 159) from March of 2010 to January 2021. All but a few of the images were taken during King Tides in their respective years. They will show that the recent King Tides, especially in January 2020 and January 2021, have been very destructive removing so much of the embankments that the septic systems are threatened to be exposed. This has concerned Jay Sennewald, Ocean Shores Coordinator with the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, that parts of these systems could eventually end up on the public beach that he has been issuing emergency armoring permits. Some of these have then been changed to permanent permits for those mose affected after a public notification process. With the damage starting last January (2020) and exacerbated this year (01/2021) by increased damage of unprotected embankments (possibly) due to the adjacent installations of armoring. Even the recent armoring has suffered damage at the south edge where it was exposed to the high and aggressive waves. 

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213 hancherclan 01/14/2021 DISPATCH

Morning after severe king tides along South Beach, OR. The sand dunes west of the SouthShore community has been eroded up to the beach grass. The sand used to provide a gentle slope from top of dunes to sea level, perhaps about 10 degrees. The drop off is now a nearly 12 feet tall cliff as seen in the photos.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 01/14/2021

I saw something that looked like sea pickles on the shore. I have never seen them before. I found out from an episode of Oregon Field Guide tonight that they are Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon coast.

More trash and human debris than I have seen here before, probably brought in by the king tides the previous few days.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 01/14/2021

This visit was just a day after a series of king tides and heavy rain. More logs on the beach than usual and one massive new landslide. I asked a two of the few people I met on the beach about the "sea pickles" in the drift line and nobody knew what they were. As I was getting ready to write this report I saw an episode of Oregon Field Guide that mentioned them: Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon Coast

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327 sultanym 01/13/2021

Today was a welcome respite from the recent heavy rain, high winds, and stormy weather that accompanied the King tides of Jan. 11th-13th. This afternoon's walk had mild weather, little wind, and cloudy skies. With an outgoing tide, a large stretch of beach was covered in sea foam. The Del Rey beach access road experienced significant sand erosion from the sides of the road where the pavement meets the beach, and loads of woody debris (logs, tree stumps, branches) are now strewn along the road, making access not advisable. A large gate and sign block current vehicular access today. The King tides left an impressive array of debris, both natural and human-caused, along the highest wrack line that I have seen (almost at the very base of the dunes). Along with typical plastic debris (shotgun shells, lighters, soda bottles, bottle caps, single-use plastics from food packaging), I found some unusual items including a rice cooker spoon and a printer ink catridge. Two dead birds washed up on the beach: a juvenile red phalarope and a horned grebe (I posted photos to iNaturalist).  

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220 DKPowell 01/13/2021 DISPATCH

Third day of January 2021 King Tides.

The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

Any shift of my “Cliff Top” position will make the photos looking north to 68th street no longer showing the houses located there.

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214 PCTronquet 01/13/2021

The past few days of King tides have scoured the build-up of summer sand and made a 5-10 foot "cliff" at the high tide mark from south of the Day Use (61B) to North of 61A.  There is a small area of 5-10 feet between the sand cliff and the dunes to walk when the beach is not accessible, but the ocean-side edge is unstable.  35+ snowy plover have been seen on mile 214, for several months.

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220 DKPowell 01/12/2021 DISPATCH

Second day of January 2021 King Tides.

The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

The tidal surge was mostly reaching the normal 75 ft. mark--however there was one surge that forced me to the 100 foot mark. Never turn your back on the ocean.

One other note.  I will shortly change my “Cliff Top” position. I could “feel” the surf pounding at present location. And the change of location will probably make the photos looking north to 68th street no longer showing the houses located there.

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220 DKPowell 01/11/2021 DISPATCH

First day of January 2021 King Tides.

Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

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214 AnnaB 01/10/2021

Sunshine on a weekend brought more visitors to south beach's mile 214 this past Saturday. Many groups of people walking, playing in the sand, and surfing. The tide was really low so plenty of space for people to spead out at a safe distance. It looks like some of the recent storms have really carved the beach out from the dunes forming a cliff between the two. The path from the south jetty road also had numerous hazards where the path had fallen in and signs telling people to stay off the jetty. 

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203 Nancy Thomas 01/10/2021

It was the day before official King Tide Weekend.  Waves were quite high in places and had alot of power.  Sneaker waves were present and would move into shore quickly.  Large logs and stumps were being thown about in the surf.  Only a couple of gulls seen and a couple of seals.  Beach had been flattened.  Prior sand hills all gone.  Wrack had been pushed into shore by dunes in places.  Alot of sea foam was blowing about the beach.

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193 SKMacK 01/08/2021

I saw no appreciable change in the coastline. 

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243 garretta 01/08/2021

After very high tides, before King Tides, lovely sunny Friday. Sand level is down signficantly but clear evidence of sneaker waves.

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264 rbourke 01/07/2021

Dune removal. See photos. Also, the Facebook drilling was active with a large loud machine working.  

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26 hobbins 01/07/2021

Beach was clean for the most part. Only two people on the beach.

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285 Charyl285 01/07/2021

The beach was SO quiet....only changes were evidence of new driftwood from recent high tides.

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184 simmonsk 01/07/2021

A low tide and warm temperatures brought lots of people to Ocean Beach today.  A great day to enjoy walking, rock hunting and fishing.  There are lots of exposed rocks along the beach along with the rock fields on the north end of the beach.  I noted lots of jellies in and around the driftline.  Lots of waterfalls all along the high banks.  The large pieces of driftwood observed during the recent King Tides are settled along the banks waiting for the final King Tide of the season to send them back out to the ocean.  

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11 sandy beach 01/07/2021

After awe, erosion next catches my eye. The sedimentary hillside is slowly oozing seaward. The stuff is so saturated one can jab a stick in to a depth of a few feet. This time of year there is little to no sand so walking is tough going through rocks, boulders, and driftwood. Fortunately there's no plastic or debris of consequence.

I intentionally went during a relatively low tide. I have photos from years past of purple and orange sea stars in abundance clinging to the base of huge rocks: now not a single sighting there. There are tide pools just a little bit away on mile 12 in which I've observed over the years black and gumboot chitons, various types of starfish, nudibranchs, anomenes, even an octopus. The only of those things I found this day were plentiful anomenes and a single starfish that was an unusually dark purple. Whether it was a trick of the light or not, to me, the anemones appeared less vibrant in color. I read that their color is in part due to natural pigmentation but mainly to their symbiotic relationship with green algae. I don't venture far from shore these days at low tide so there is a lot I'm unable to observe but the things I mentioned used to be where I looked this time.

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246 gianna70 12/31/2020

With the tide being low there were some people walking along the cliff to get to the inlet between that cliff and god's thumb. I did not do that for fear of unexpected waves. Noted differences in the landscape, likely due to recent king tides. Not on mile 246 but at the beach access entrance at sign #40 the entrance was malodorous, wreaking of sewage. On mile 246 there were a couple new water run-off waterfalls substantial enough to warrant negotiating where to cross them on the sand in order to avoid wet shoes.

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184 simmonsk 12/31/2020

Went down to Ocean Beach for the last day of 2020.  We were the only ones visiting during our time there.  Although it was not yet high tide, 8.6ft at 12:30pm, we were unable to get onto the beach.  We stood and observed from the stairs watching driftwood get tossed along the beach.  The shrubs lining the overlook and the path to the beach have been trimmed back substantially enhancing the view from all the picnic tables and making the walk to the stairs wider.  Thanks Park Department!  

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202 Jon French 12/29/2020

The most striking thing about today's walk on mile 202, the north spit of Alsea River, was the contrast between 202 and its northward extension, 203. After recent storms and King Tides, the driftline on 202 was marked by large driftwood logs and masses of small branches and twigs, with some shells but little else, hardly any debris. In contrast, yesterday on 203 there was very little driftwood but instead huge tangles of bull kelp, small stones everywhere, shells, moon jellies and pacific sea nettles, a lot of micro-plastic chips and some other debris--plastic bottle caps, lengths of cording and line, etc. I attribute the difference between miles to the Alsea River as it enters the ocean perhaps deflecting or reducing the onshore current so that mile 202 is as much influenced by the river as the sea.

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204 Shema 12/27/2020

One of the things that I surprisingly did not find, was litter. I normally pick up litter along the beach, either washed ashore or dropped by people on the beach, but there was not any observed today

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338 Randy and Beth 12/27/2020

A pleasant day to walk our mile. Small sandpipers running back and forth with the incoming/outgoing tide. Signs of high tides (see photo) on the bluff. Small to medium stones blanketing the beach. 

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239 ORbeach 12/26/2020

A cloudy, cool day.  Cold wind from the south.  Hardly anyone on the beach.  Minimal trash, except for two large items which we could not carry.  There were lots of large driftwood pieces on the beach ... not surprising given the series of recent storms.  There were NO harbor seals in their usual resting place at the tip of the Salishan Spit.  Several were spotted in the water.  Noticed quite a few dog paw prints in the sand, so maybe the seals had recently been spooked by people with dogs getting too close.

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226 gsmeyer 12/26/2020

I walked parallel to and well above the rocky shoreline on Otter Crest Loop (Old Highway 101), experiencing very strong wind that came from the north or the south depending on where I was along the road.  I suspect that the topography influenced the wind direction.  All in all, the experience was unpleasant.  The only human activity observed was not along the mile proper, but rather at the Lookout at the State Wayside, where people were parking their vehicles, bundling up, and hurrying out to get quick views of the coastline.  There were perhaps three vehicles parked at any given time.  On a weekday with rain, that number would likely have gone to zero. Essentially no wildlife was observed and no physical changes were observed.

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212 PhilBSB 12/25/2020

Quiet day on the beach, Christmas and a rain/wind storm approaching.  Lots of sand has mooved off the beach and several rock fields have emerged. A number of small slumps have occured and evidence of waves washing up the bluffs several feet in some areas.  One new house appears to have been completed (the third for this year).  No birds were out at all.

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274 rogans 12/24/2020

It was a beautiful sunny day on the beach. A number of people and dogs were making the most if it.

The recent high tides have resulted in new erosion of the dunes (see photos). The high tides and storms have also resulted in a profusion of plastic debris mostly washed in by the waves. One couple was picking up some of it, as was I.

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289 ollikainen 12/24/2020

There is no trace of nesting bird protection.  The signage and fencing are gone.  The big story on this survey is how many people are using Bayocean Spit.  Yes, the weather was great after a period of rain and storms,  but we have noticed that since the Covid outbreak, considerably more visitors are coming to the Oregon beaches.

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247 jayenhollytag 12/24/2020

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 human activity.  We only saw a three person family with a young child and another adult with a dog, and only on the first day.  Everyone was acting responsibly.  Our main observation, and this was primarily concentrated on the northernmost end of the beach, was a considerable amount of human debris, which we gathered up and took away.  This continues to be a beautiful beach, in very good condition, but it does receive debris from primarily ocean and river traffic.  

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245 TerryH 12/23/2020 DISPATCH

Just another beautiful day on the beach.  Nothing unusual to report.

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276 CharmerDale 12/22/2020

I saw no human activity on this mile, but there was evidence of lots of erosion from our recent king tides and storms. 

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254 Neskowin254 12/22/2020

There was a larger amount of natural debris washed up on the beach which had been carried downstream in creeks from recent heavy rains.

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239 mlbutowitsch 12/22/2020

It was a fairly unpopulated time on the spit.  Rockhouds and walkers.  Started to drizzle after completion of our mile.

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331 alkarbeck 12/22/2020

The beach appears to be wiped clean due to all the recent wind storms and king tides.

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274 CharmerDale 12/22/2020

I saw no human activity on this mile, but saw lots of erosion from the ocean!

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280 CharmerDale 12/19/2020

Since it was a Saturday, the beach was relatively busy. Many people were walking their dogs... mostly unleashed!

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281 CharmerDale 12/19/2020

I'm filing this report because of the big landslide on the south end of the Oceanside Tunnel. 

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279 CharmerDale 12/18/2020

Lots of erosion has taken place on Netarts Spit from our recent KING TIDES!

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339 edjoyce 12/16/2020 DISPATCH

Very little beach due to storm and high tide.

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309 cadonofrio 12/16/2020

Some beach was visible at the south end of the mile; no beach was visible at the north end.  No people, no birds; stormy sea.

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220 DKPowell 12/15/2020

Another King Tides Day.

High Tide was at 11:48 AM at 10.5 ft. NOAA had a Surf Height of 14-18 ft.   One last thing: AT NOON a High Surf Advisory went into effect.

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225 CherieE53 12/14/2020

The public was telling me that they saw a Beached Seal that appeared dead. I did not see the animal.

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295 Koptiuch 12/14/2020

It was the height of the king tides. About 50°, mild breeze, intermittent sunshine. No real beach to walk on safely. When the waves ebbed they left a little beach space up near the dunes, but intermittently the water surged rapidly all the way up to the edge of the dune grasses. I could not safely walk down my mile so I stayed at the entrance just south of the jetty and also walked over to the side of the jetty along the channel. 

The whole beach was littered with huge logs that had washed up since my last report on 11/8/20. The big white tree is no longer perched on the end of the jetty. The waves at their highest came all the way up to the dunes. They knocked around huge logs as if they were pickup sticks. The waves were really high in between the jetties too, cresting over the height of the jetty. 

A few people were watching the waves. Including one idiotic guy who manically kept rushing out to the water's edge or standing on beached logs, daring the waves to catch him. A couple walked south down the beach, also not safe; I’d just taken a photo of the water right over the place where they walked. Saw a total of 10 people at the beach, plus one surfer between the jetties.

Last year (2019) during king tides I saw two men surfing between the jetties, so I was on the lookout to see if I could spot any surfers again. Yes indeed! A lone surfer took good advantage of catching the really long ride of the waves multiple times before he turned in, riding a wave clear down the jetty on one shot. I wish we could post videos on these reports--I took a great one of the surfer! Probably not a wise place or time to surf, but evidently irresistible.

After about 30 minutes I drove to the south end of the road by the houses along the strand, almost at the south end of mile 295. There too waves had nearly reached the dunes leaving lots of foam, and big logs were strewn all along the beach. I could tell the tide was now already subsiding.

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220 DKPowell 12/14/2020

King Tides Day

High Tide was 10.6 ft. NOAA also has Surf Height at 17-21 ft. I could have walked to "Rock Line" which is about 15 feet from my normal entrance onto Star Fish Beach.

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229 njwhite 12/13/2020

King Tide of 10.3 this morning. Observed many shorebirds, residents and dogs walking along the pathways, which is the only safe location to observe mile 229. Nothing extraordinary to report, other than the King Tides, which are always a welcome treat, especially since there were no accompanying storms this time. 

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261 beattieb 12/13/2020

Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion gullies and sliding of vegetation areas.  

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261 beattieb 12/13/2020

Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion gullies and sliding of vegetation areas.  

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307 Bald Eagle 12/12/2020

Their were 8 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach.  The wind was gusting over 30 mph.

The driftline had sand dollars, barcles and 8 razor clam shells.  One bald eagle glided down from the hillside south of Arch Cape into the shallow ocean water and it took a crab from a sea gull that was standing in the water.  The eagle flew north past Arch Cape.  The sea gull chased the eagle for a short distance.

The sand is is being moved away from the shoreline which is normal.  This makes it very difficult to walk from Cove Beach to the Arch Cape beach.  See picture. 

 

 

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261 beattieb 12/12/2020

Today was just a check at low tide. We will return tomorrow during king tide and write another for comparison

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297 NehalemBay 12/12/2020

The beach is very flat now with almost none of the large wood close to the dunes visable.  This is a king tide day and the water left kelp wrack high on the beach while there is no wrack on the low water line.  Nine people and two dogs were seen walking in the somewhat blustery sunny weather.  Clouds were approaching for evening rain.  No bird carcasses were found, and no disturbances of the beach. Only one small flock of shorebirds was seen. A sign indicated there was just spraying of herbacide to remove invasive grasses before european beach grass would be reintroduced in the dune area at the south end of this mile. 

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238 Cathy238 12/11/2020

Beware of high tides and sneaker waves. Today the beach was completely wind-swept and smoothed over by recent wave action. It was almost completely clear south of house #333 (beach access there) but covered with logs north of 333 all the way to the north end of Mile 238. Waves are coming all the way in to the rock line.

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244 Victoria 12/10/2020

Heavy surf has cleared the beach of most debris, even a crab shell is hard to spot. The sand dispersal is flattening the beach and extending the low tide line westward. Grasses and woody debris from the bluff and homeowners beachfront are being pulled down and out to the intertidal zones from the heavy surf.

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281 krallfamily@comcast.net 12/09/2020 DISPATCH

Landslide that occurred on Dec 5 has covered most of south entrance from Oceanside Beach to the manmade tunnel under Maxwell point. Beach closed by Stste Park staff until danger of further landslides is assessed and any needed repairs are completed.  

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210 mrkopplin 12/09/2020

There were very few people on the beach. We did speak to a woman who had parked her van on the beach to run her dog. When asked, she moved the vehicle.

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171 oldMGguy 12/07/2020

Huge stranding of brownish-red "Pacific Sea Nettle" (Chrysaora fuscescens) and Moon (Aurelia labiata) jellies all along Mile 171 and Mile 172 today.  About 90% of the jellies were the Sea Nettle family. In some spots, it was almost impossible to walk below the high tide line without stepping on slippery jellies.

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292 highamm 12/06/2020

Overall good conditions no violations.  Groups of people and dogs on the beach.   Noted a couple dead fish and 1 bird.   Photo's attached.

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14 artist 12/06/2020

No unusual and/or negative natural or human impacts were observed. Weather was sunny; surf was big and loud.

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109 ksvineyard2012 12/06/2020

A lady running her dogs along side her vehicle and a Great Blue Heron fishing were the highlights. There were also golfers enjoying the day on the bluff above.

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180 lectricriderone 12/05/2020 DISPATCH

Large waves are causing logs to roll on the beach.  You have to pay attention and avoid logs that float.    

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181 lectricriderone 12/05/2020

It seems a perfect storm of covid, high tides, floating logs, and restrictions on facilities has kept people from visiting mile 181 recently.  There's still a lot of sand near the walk up to the parking lot, but a steeper slope toward the ocean.  The water comes all the way up unpredictably at medium tide.  Fewer people usually means less human related issues like trash, fires, parties.  

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204 Jon French 12/04/2020 DISPATCH

My first sneaker wave. My wife and I sat in the dunes watching today's heavy surf as two children, maybe 6 and 8, played too close to the water. A man, their father presumably, watched them with a phone to his face. Sometimes I've approached people and reminded them nicely to be careful of their children, but people don't like hearing that, and I didn't this time. The sneaker wave wasn't a monster. It formed from two or three normal sized waves that merged and came ashore but with a rush of water that surged almost up to the dunes. The children tried to run but were knocked down by it. They struggled in the surf, and my wife and I ran towards them, but fortunately the father was able to reach them and pull them to their feet and to safety. The children were soaked and crying. My wife shouted to the father if he realized his children could have been swept out to sea, and he said yes.

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102 beachnut 12/04/2020

Same time and same tidal conditions but what a difference in human presence on the southern half of this mile. Seven folks walking or running and two rock hunters here, versus 1 walker the previous day to the north. Other lifeforms were gulls and crows. Jellies also were present, though not nearly as numerous as to the north. Shells and shredded wood also marked the drift line, as did small pieces of plastic litter and styrofoam. Logs occupied much of this segment, some even tossed up into the beach grass. This half of Mile 102 continues to show significant erosion by wave action, with clumps of vegetation ripped out onto the beach.

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102 beachnut 12/03/2020

One other person walked the northern part of Mile 102 on a chilly overcast morning at low tide. A large flock of gulls gathered on the sand at the North Jetty. Numerous jellies of varying size, many of them a dark gold, marked the high tide lines, as did shell fragments, small stones, feathers, bull kelp, shredded pieces of wood, some litter and, of course, driftwood logs. Wave overtopping and erosion of the vegetated foredune were obvious. Interestingly, the stormy waves dislodged the concrete curbing along the upper beach parking lot. Logs brought in by the King Tide blocked almost half of that lot.

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57 Bob Ivey 12/03/2020

November weather, clear skies with some clouds and fog, slight wind from the Northwest, surf very rough, Orford reef covered with waves.  Few visitors most picture takers of Cape Blanco.  

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314 FOHRAP1 12/02/2020

Beautiful day at the beach, with a surprising number of people and dogs for a Wednesday.  Chapman Point was unusually quiet.

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313 FOHRAP1 12/02/2020

A beautiful beach day, with small numbers of people.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/02/2020

Despite king tides in November no erosion or changes to any bluffs.  Water has washed up to cliffs but no further. Some small and medium plastic debris on higher wrackline. 

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293 stu and barb 12/01/2020

Beach was pretty clean, just a few shells and rocks, mostly due to the current high tides.  All the debris, both human and natural, was in the high tide line.  Gathered one full bag of the usual stuff...cans, rope, plastic pieces, and styrofoam...mostly from boats.  Nothing particularly unusual, except we found "Wilson" ('the soccer ball ⚽️ From the movie "Castaway"...finally home after all these years!

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237 Walden 11/27/2020

It was a busy day with more people on the beach during my walk than usual. It was on the cold side and yet a few people in the water.  My main concern was riprap installation where no structures have been built. The dunes in the two locations had no apparent erosion, so I'm not sure what was being stabilized.

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300 llucaskmehra 11/27/2020

Very clean, people social distancing and wearing masks. No plastic bits in the driftline. Parking area tidy - no overflowing trash.

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1 mmcdowell 11/26/2020

Crissey Field Visitor Center and Winchuck River access on north side of river are both opened today. They were both closed when I last visited in July and also within the last month or two as I observed closed gates when driving by. I did not walk on north side of river, spending time walking entire stretch of south side past Calif border to the headland below the White Rock Resort Cabins instead which I measured as a 3 mile round trip. The beach on the Oregon side of the border and south of the river is very clean with no impacts. People walking were enjoying warm sunny weather on Thanksgiving Day. Very little bird activity. Winchuck River mouth side channel on south side prevents walking from bridge to beach.

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184 simmonsk 11/24/2020

A rainy but warm day on Ocean Beach.  Stopped by after the King Tides of last week to agate hunt.  Met a couple of people and dogs in the parking lot but no one else on the beach while I was there.  The debris line was notable for the amount of plastics it contained.  All sizes from micro to the size of my palm.  I personally have never seen so much plastic in the debris line.  The big rock fields at the north end of the beach are exposed and there are lots of agates.  Some large pieces of driftwood but most seems to have moved out since last week's tides.  There was a high wave warning in effect during my time at the beach and there were lots of sneaker waves.  Also noted an unusual "pod" on the sand.  

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171 oldMGguy 11/23/2020

Nice sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach.  Lane County parks staff continue to improve the North Jetty parking lot, filling potholes, etc.  Graffiti taggers have once again painted up the vehicle barrier rocks on the North Jetty.  I notified the Portland OR office of the Army Corps of Engineers via email and attached photos.  They've been very responsive in cleaning up past graffiti events.  Mostly political statements this time, unlike the pornographic imagery in the past.

Mile 171 is again very clean with almost no man-made debris noticed.  There are about 10-12 large bundles of washed-ashore bull kelp strands, rolled up into big tangles by the surf.  Almost all of the strands are missing their holdfast root feature, likely snapped from their anchor by the recent big swells.

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203 Nancy Thomas 11/23/2020

Mile 203 was almost free from human debris.  Thanks for that. Only a couple of gulls seen. The Wrack line had minimal deposits.  Saw people walking and walking their dogs.  There was some interesting beach art/sand towns being built.  One thing I did not think was good was the surfing I saw on the sand dunes with sleds.  Not sure if this is allowed.  

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204 Jon French 11/23/2020

The recent King Tides and storms have washed away the low sand dunes that formed over the summer seaward of the vegetated dunes south of Buckley Creek, which now flows onto the beach like a real creek. Adjacent to the creek, the driftwood log on which people had left little stones inscribed with the names of departed loved ones has floated a bit north on the tides but still holds the remembrance stones. The Buckley Creek lean-to, recently rebuilt and fortified, is again now in ruins. North of Driftwood Wayside, a new log has washed up high on the beach, a new arrival I think because of its mysterious globs of sandy but soft and slightly moist globs of something that looks to be from the sea, maybe something very common, I just don't know what.

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236 Streets 11/22/2020

It has been a while since I've been able to cover my mile. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to quarterly reports. Easy walking today - lots of hard-packed sand; even soft sand areas near bluff were quite walkable. Very little debris; picked up one empty pet poop bag and a few pieces of plastic.

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239 ORbeach 11/21/2020

A calm, sunny but cool day.  More people out on the beach than normal, given the time of year - probably glad to get outside after nearly a week of heavy rain and storms.  No trash ... I picked up one candy wrapper.  There was a large (and very heavy) piece of compressed styrofoam almost at the tip of the spit up against the vegetation line; I could not carry it out.  There were NO harbor seals in their usual resting place at the tip of the spit, where we often see 100-200; I spotted only one in the water.  Maybe the recent King Tides disrupted their normal patterns.  There was a jet ski, a kayaker and several fishing boats in Siletz Bay.

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197 mudslide 11/20/2020

Another beautiful day on a very clean mile, marred only by five deposits of dog poo, two of them gift-wrapped, but still, not carried out. There were two freshly fallen but minor chunks of bluff. The very large chunk that began separating from the bluff a year or so ago is still holding on, though in two pieces. As the sand's summer levels are coming down, dark sediment (iron?) is being carried away from the foot of the bluff and interlayered with the lighter sand. Tiny beach insects have dug shallow burrows in these areas, the "tailings" forming interesting contrasting patterns on the surface. I have no idea whether this description is coherent, but the photos should show what I mean, once I get them up. I had never seen these before.

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286 kunkelwa 11/20/2020

This was three days after the first of the King Tides. The beach was quite clean and firm. There was evidence of wave overtopping and the dunes took some erosion. Eel grass was on the wrackline. One week ago the wrackline had alot of jelly fish. This day all of the jellyfish were gone. Only one dead bird was found, a Northern Fulmar. The whale carcass that had been there for several months was either washed away by the tide, or moved to another location. 8 people and 4 dogs. No parking violatons.

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182 mj6dolphin 11/20/2020

Wrack line with a wide variety of things today. Razor clam shells,few pyrosomes,crab shells,bull kelp, muscles,clams shells,and one jelly fish.More rock exposure and less sand.

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339 edjoyce 11/18/2020

Lots of erosion from last week's storm (see photos).

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225 CherieE53 11/17/2020 DISPATCH

The park was filled with about at least 20 or more storm watches. They all wanted to know when high tide was going to happen.

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220 DKPowell 11/16/2020

Another good day for King Tides.

High Tide was at 12:08PM at 10.3 ft. NOAA had a surf height of 10-14 ft. The weather was 50 degrees, with wind blowing from the south at 20mph. Cloudly sky, and what felt like ultra, ultra, ultra fine mist--so didn't count it as rainy. My rain gauge showed NO difference between start and end of excursion.

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184 simmonsk 11/16/2020

November 15, 16, and 17 marked the first of the King Tides for this season on Ocean Beach.  The winds were calm and the temperature was warm when I observed.  The beach was covered with large amounts of driftwood, some very large.  The tide level reached the stairs before, during and after the high tide time.  Nothing but sand and driftwood was visible on the beach.  A few people drove into the parking lot and observed the tides from the parking lot.   A new development since my September report is the installation of a gate on the road to Ocean Beach.  Also, a park ranger drove through when we were there.  Thanks for all you do Oregon Parks service people!

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