Mile 297 Report

September 6, 2022
by NehalemBay

Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP
Tuesday 9:30 AM
Calm/Light from the NE
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Midweek with Snowy Plover restrictions still in place so little activity
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
4 common Murre, 2 Brandt Cormorants, 1 Pelagic Cormorant, 1 Pigeon Guillamot
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

This was a sunny calm day with few people on the beach.  The sand is very long now.  Only 5 cars were in the parking lot and 7 people walking on the beach. The restrictions for the Snowy Plover are still in effect until September 15 with two groups of plovers enjoying the quiet.  There was little human debris and no disturbances.  8 bird carcasses were found with 4 Murres, 2 Brandt Cormorants, one Pelagic Cormorant (?) and a Pigeon Guillamot. 

Other Mile 297 Reports (57)


December 15, 2022 - NehalemBay
This was a sunny, cold, blustery day with 8 people and 2 dogs walking or biking(1) on the extensive beach.  The sand has covered most of the wood now and the beach is long and flat to the water with...
June 15, 2022 - NehalemBay
This was a nice day with clouds and little wind. The beach is long and flat now, 200 paces from wrack to waterline. Small sticks and crab shells spread in the wrack  Only 4 cars were in the parking...
March 8, 2022 - NehalemBay
This was a nice cloudy day with only 4 cars in the parking lot and four people on the beach, one with a dog. Just one flock of gulls, no shorebirds, no bird carcasses and no debris. The beach is long...


December 12, 2021 - NehalemBay
A blustery, mostly cloudy day on this long beach.  The sand has been swept up from the gradual beach to reduce most of the elevation to the first dune.  Only some pieces of wood of various sizes are...
September 15, 2021 - NehalemBay
 It was a beautiful day with strong wind, few people, lots of dead Murres, no debris, and no more restrictions for the Snowy Plover. The beach is very long, with old wrack lines of seaweed but...
May 29, 2021 - NehalemBay
This was a sunny day over the Memorial day holiday which meant lots of people around.  However, only 22 with one dog wandered down where the beach is marked to protect Snowy Plover nesting. One large...
March 27, 2021 - NehalemBay
This was a lovely day, warm and sunny with a light wind.  At this early hours there were only 17 people walking the beach, one with a dog.  However, there were 28 cars in the parking lot as it got...


December 12, 2020 - NehalemBay
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...
September 12, 2020 - NehalemBay
It was very calm on the beach with low visability because of the smoke from inland fires and the fog.  There were 17 people from 8 cars, walking, running, riding horses, fishing, biking and just...
July 10, 2020 - NehalemBay
The beach is now very long, with the sand high against the cliffs.  The wrack is full of crab and sand shrimp shells.  20 people were there today, with 3 biking on the hard sand and 2 riding horses...
February 16, 2020 - NehalemBay
This was a brisk day with big clouds on the long holiday weekend.  The beach is very long, sloping gently from above where the large amount of wood sits.  The sand has covered most of that wood. ...


December 8, 2019 - NehalemBay
This was a pleasant day with clouds and little wind.  The beach is very wide and clean.  The wood is still covered except high by the dunes.  And the grass is growing back on the large area that was...
September 7, 2019 - NehalemBay
This was a calm day, warm with big clouds.  The beach is long and flat now although the high wood has not been exposed yet.  The wrack is thick with seaweed in some areas.  There were two groups...
May 21, 2019 - NehalemBay
This was a cool, blustery day with the sun peeking out just overhead.  There was no human activity on the beach but there were 4 cars in the parking lot.  The beach is long and clean except for the...
March 1, 2019 - NehalemBay
This was a lovely sunny day with a strong wind from the northeast making it quite cold.  The water was far out leaving a clean bright beach.  Previous tides had cut away the sand leaving steep cliffs...


November 20, 2018 - NehalemBay
This was a lovely day on the beach with a gentle east wind blowing, only 8 people and 4 dogs walking along, no wrack but quite a few large crab skeletons up high, a long stretch of sand to the waves...
September 9, 2018 - NehalemBay
This was a nice partly cloudy early fall morning with a strong breeze from the south.  The beach sand is high, and extends far out creating a long gentle slope.  The large logs along the dunes are...
June 5, 2018 - NehalemBay
The beach is now long, flat and very clean.  The driftline had nothing in it, although the previous high tide line showed more mole crab carcasses than usual.  The large amount of wood that was...
January 13, 2018 - NehalemBay
It was a glorious day - 60 degrees, with a moderate wind from the northeast.  The waves were beautiful with the wind raising the spray high in the air.  Since this was a long weekend, there were more...


June 3, 2017 - NehalemBay
This was a beautiful early morning with some clouds and little wind.  The beach is long and gradual, with the large amount of wood deposited there now pushed up further toward the dunes.  The sand...
March 4, 2017 - NehalemBay
This was a cloudy/rainy/windy day.  The waves have pulled out the sand exposing more of the heaping wood, especially to the south of the mile, and leaving a cliff up to 10 feet high between the...


September 3, 2016 - NehalemBay
A beautiful day on Labor Day weekend.  21 cars and trucks were in the parking lot of the Park with 9 people walking, 10 playing in the sand and surf, and 10 riding horses.  There were no dogs. The...
February 20, 2016 - NehalemBay
It was a beautiful day with a light wind from the southwest bringing some haze and clouds. The beach has been eroded and a great deal of wood either exposed or brought in on the tides. A few large...


November 29, 2015 - NehalemBay
It was a beautiful day with a slight Northeast wind, a few gulls circling and one small group of shorebirds feeding. The sand has been pulled out some, with more small wood exposed. But there is...
September 19, 2015 - NehalemBay
This was a beautiful sunny day. The beach is still very wide, sloping gradually down from the dunes with most of the wood covered and no wrack. Pelicans were working the water just offshore. There...
April 26, 2015 - NehalemBay
The beach is very flat, extending quite far out to the surf line. The wood is mostly covered, although a few large logs have been washed in recently. If these drift north, those who are going to...
February 28, 2015 - NehalemBay
A gorgeous day with a whale breaching repeatedly quite near the shore in the morning. The beach is very flat and wide now, with some smaller wood branches exposed near the dunes. Twenty-four people...


November 24, 2014 - NehalemBay
This was a cloudy but windless day, pleasantly warm for this time of year. The ocean was roiling which made for a dramatic scene. There was only one person walking on the beach and no dogs or...
  • It was difficult to tell what this was.  No legs, but what looked like hair.
August 30, 2014 - NehalemBay
The sand is high on the beach with little wood showing, a long slope to the surf, and patchy seaweed at the tide line. This was a beautiful labor day weekend but there were only a couple of people...
August 3, 2014 - NehalemBay
I emailed yesterday that I had seen what looked like a marine mammal dead on the beach on Mile 297 in Nehalem Bay State Park. I also saw a small dead shark. I am attaching photos in case you are...
May 25, 2014 - NehalemBay
It was Memorial Day weekend, and Portland had just had a emergency alert to avoid drinking the water. As a consequence the beach was packed with people walking and horse-back riding, 40 in all, with...
  • Three Black-Bellied Plovers were sighted feeding at the water line on this beach which has been designated as a snowy plover management area by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
March 1, 2014 - NehalemBay
Nothing much of note to report. It was a nice day, warm and windy but only 3 people were running on the beach, and no cars were in the parking lot. The sand is high with little wood showing. Only...


December 14, 2013 - NehalemBay
There is now a long gentle slope of sand from the dunes to the surf line. The water does not cover much of the beach even at high tide, and only a few pieces of wood are still showing. The day was...
August 25, 2013 - NehalemBay
The late summer day brought out lines of horses from the rental area near in the park. The sand was high, sloping a long way to the ocean and covering most of the wood. The many horse tracks made...
June 2, 2013 - NehalemBay
This was a warm, sunny, windy day on the beach. The sand has covered most of the big wood, with a long, gentle slope to the surfline. Nine horseback riders rode along the beach. Nine other people...
March 9, 2013 - NehalemBay
It was a sunny day with a slight breeze from the northwest. The tide was going out leaving a very long clean beach sloping gently down from the dunes. The sand has covered much of the high wood...


November 24, 2012 - NehalemBay
Mile 297: The sand has swept up the beach so that most of the high large logs are not visible. The gradual slope to the ocean is covered with bull kelp and small twigs brought in by high tides....
August 30, 2012 - NehalemBay
This was a sunny, blustery day. The sand on the beach is broad, with a sharp drop to the surfline. Most of the wood is still covered. Nothing unusual was seen including almost no human debris....
June 4, 2012 - NehalemBay
It was a cloudy day with a slight breeze from the northwest. The beach sloped sharply to the waterline. Some of the medium sized wood was showing up high but most was covered by sand. Gulls were...
March 3, 2012 - NehalemBay
This was a beautiful day with 24 people and 5 dogs out walking the beach. The sand had been pulled out enough for many medium and large sized pieces of wood to be exposed. This wood is high above a...


November 26, 2011 - NehalemBay
November 26, 2011This was a cloudy but windless day. The sand has been pulled out, especially at the south end of the mile, with some steep gullies cutting through and some of the large high logs...
September 4, 2011 - NehalemBay
Labor Day was sunny until after 3 when the fog rolled in. There were 15 people walking on the beach, 2 with dogs, and an additional 5 people on horseback. The beach was very clean with little human...
  • The ATV tracks ran along the beach above the surfline for much of the mile.
June 5, 2011 - NehalemBay
The sand still covers most of the large logs up high although the slope to the water has become steeper. There was a bit of seaweed on the wrack line, and some black sand on top down at the south...
  • These tracks were rapidly being covered by the incoming tide.  The vehicle had not entered or left the beach within this mile.
March 5, 2011 - NehalemBay
The beach looked good! There were 6 people enjoying the sun, one dog, two dead birds (Northern Fulmar, Herring Gull), and a few mixed flocks of feeding shorebirds. The sand high on the beach was...


November 28, 2010 - NehalemBay
The beach looked normal for this time of year. The sand remains high with much of the wood still covered, although more big logs are visible further south. There were no horse tracks, no evidence...
  • A small shark on Nehalem Bay State Park beach
  • Recently dead otter on beach in Nehalem Bay State Park.
  • Remains of a sea lion.  We had seen and reported a recently dead sea lion at the water line in that area on 11/6/10. This may be the same one.
September 5, 2010 - NehalemBay
The sand has build up to the point that little of the wood in this area can be seen. There was no human debris visible as well. The beach was extensive carved up with horse track but only one horse...
May 30, 2010 - NehalemBay
Nothing unusual on the beach except the large number of plastic and glass bottles, some well-covered with barnacles. Seaweed had been deposited in drifts on a previous tide. Large logs were more...
March 6, 2010 - NehalemBay
It was a beautiful day and people were enjoying the sun. There were 15 people, 2 dogs and 2 horses walking the beach. A few flocks of shorebirds and the usual gulls were along the shore. The beach...


November 29, 2009 - NehalemBay
There was a Northern Fulmar wreck with 17 birds tagged. We also found a spotted owl and a small shark carcass (see photos). More wood is visible now. We saw only 4 people and 4 dogs. There was...
  • The small shark carcass was mostly intact.
  • The measurements fit a spotted owl.  The breast plumage was not present.
September 12, 2009 - NehalemBay
The beach was flat with a great deal of pollen and sea grass at the surflines. Several groups of shorebirds were busy along the sand. A hurt gull, a struggling cormorant, and three dead birds were...
  • The ATV must have driven on the beach on the 12th or the day before.  The track extended from near the access path at the south end of Nehalem Bay State Park through Mile 297.
June 8, 2009 - NehalemBay
There was almost NO litter. The sand has built up and covered most of the wood. There were no shorebirds on the beach. There was no human disturbance of the natural shoreline. It was beautiful!
February 7, 2009 - NehalemBay
The beach was very wide and clean. There were no dead birds, little wrack, and a minimum of human litter. The only organisms besides a few gulls were jellyfish below the surfline, with a greater...


November 30, 2008 - NehalemBay
The waves were huge today, with a high tide. There was only a moderate amount of garbage to pick up. That included a large Nike Air and some IV tubing. Three dead birds were identified, and one...
  • Someone had driven an OTV over the dunes from the south parking lot in Nehalem Bay State Park.  They went down the beach occasionally climbing up over the dunes leaving deep tracks.
September 1, 2008 - NehalemBay
Dead birds: Murre: 5, Cassin's Auklet: 1, Rhinoceros Auklet: 2, Cormorant: 1, Unk: 3
August 14, 2008 - JLDaily
There were a few seagulls and terns foraging in the surf along our mile; however , at the Nehalem Jetty we observed many brown pelicans fishing in the Nehalem river. The beach was fairly free of...


August 3, 2007 - [email protected]
The first 1/4 mile was covered w/ 4-5" anchovies or something similar. Dead! Birds had not yet started to eat them. 100's of them.
June 26, 2007 - JLDaily
We observed many brown pelicans either flying near the shore or fishing near the north jetty of Nehalem Bay.