Mile 247 Report

September 20, 2020
by jayenhollytag

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line
Sunday 2:00 PM
68° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Most if not all of the people present had arrived via boat or kayak along the Salmon River.
Apparent Violations:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
We saw an unusually high number of Mermaid's Purses (egg cases).
New Development:
This beach is often dynamic and on this day wave action had carved a ledge along the surf line near the northern end of the beach. We expect the beach to look different on our next survey.
Natural Changes:
One or two trees had apparently been blown down at the top of a cliff, possibly related to the recent windstorm that had fanned local fires.

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 enjoying a fresh air Sunday on a beautiful beach.  We saw more people than we usually see, but still not many owing to difficult access.  We saw remarkably little evidence of plastic waste, either from people on the beach or washed in from the surf.  Not sure of the cause for this positive development, although fewer people recreating this year, and interruption of the cruise line industry because of Covid-19, may be causing less trash on our beaches generally.

  • egg case
    September 20, 2020
  • tree over cliff
    September 20, 2020
  • Mile 147
    September 20, 2020
  • carved ledge
    September 20, 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
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
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...