Mile 170 Report

February 4, 2022
by GasiorowskiM

South end Heceta Beach, North and South Jetty Siuslaw R
Friday 11:30 AM
48° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Several people were birdwatching in the south jetty area, using large spotting scopes.
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
In the south jetty area, someone was cutting large driftwood logs with a chainsaw and apparently taking away pieces. See photo. This seems to have happened within the previous few days. There were several driftwood structures in both the north and south jetty areas. In the south jetty area, there is considerable graffiti spraypainted on a large rock near the jetty. See photo.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
There were several sets of recent tire tracks on the beach in the south jetty area, continuing south into Mile 169. It was not clear whether this is prohibited activity.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
There were numerous gulls, a few cormorants, and an osprey flying over the Siuslaw River. There was a sea lion or harbor seal swimming in the Siuslaw river, near the north jetty.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces
There is a great deal of driftwood in both the north and south jetty areas, including some pushed well up into the dunes overlooking the beach. See photos. Otherwise the beach in both areas is quite clear of human debris.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

The south jetty parking area and the road from there to the beach are very badly potholed, making them impassable in places to a standard sedan.


The Siuslaw River north and south jetty areas are generally clean and in good shape.  Many people recreate in these areas, even on an overcast weekday such as February 4.  The appropriate authorities should perhaps monitor the south jetty area more closely for people using chainsaws to cut driftwood and spraypainting graffiti.

  • Driftwood structures, north jetty beach.
    Approximately 100 yards north of north jetty.
    February 4, 2022
  • Graffiti spraypainted on rock near south jetty.
    At south jetty.
    February 4, 2022
  • Driftwood logs cut with chainsaw.
    Approximately 50 yards south of south jetty.
    February 4, 2022
  • Recent tire tracks on south beach.
    Approximately 100 yards south of south jetty.
    February 4, 2022
Other Mile 170 Reports (9)


November 13, 2018 - oldMGguy
Unusual afternoon on Heceta Beach today - dead calm winds, surf almost non-existant.  Not often you can walk this beach in mid-November without a jacklet!A deceased yearling-sized seal has washed...


February 26, 2012 - JeanneLB
Very obvious cleanup of debris from the recent storm. I understand surf riders did the cleanup. Excellent job!There is a huge amount of wood washed up on the beach behind the north jetty from the...


April 11, 2008 - Florence Elk
Seals were out. about 150 Found shipwreck in the suislaw, 300 yards from coast guard station. The Pioneer museum has no record of it. It's about 75' long, wood with iron on the keel. If anyone knows...
March 6, 2008 - Florence Elk
Due to the low tide found a ship, cart rails, cart wheels and axles from old wharf rail system. The pioneer museum doesn't have a record of the ship but it's there. Told kids not to harass the seals,...
  • ship, suislaw river
  • rail from old cart wharf system
February 25, 2008 - Florence Elk
It was another beautiful sunset on the north jetty. Chicken point was full of cars watching the sunset, 1 couple walking their dog. I'm posting several photos of the north jetty state park area. If...
February 19, 2008 - Florence Elk
A mill pond boat and large concrete block washed up on the suislaw river bank, 1 mile up from ocean near the seal beach. The boat is stable but the concrete is in different spot every morning. Twice...
February 11, 2008 - Florence Elk
Watching new rip-rap project, wild life seems to be recovering ok. I saw a doe and fawn, a bald eagle and 1 adult otter and 2 new pups just south of the coast guard station.
  • up river 3/4 mile,north side
  • seal beach,siuslaw river bank
  • looking up river from the north jetty.
January 25, 2008 - Florence Elk
I've seen a major deterioration of the north jetty. Whereas in 2001 small rocks would be moved during severe storms,I'm now seeing 20-40 ton rocks breaking up after just a hi-tide. Also untill the...


October 30, 2006 - [email protected]
Beach very clean, sand soft, some vehicle tracks.