Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Conditions:
Sunday 12:00 PM
Sunny
52° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
1.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
300
Dogs:
26
Activities:
Walking / Running:
115
Playing in surf:
12
Playing in sand:
6
Sitting:
10
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
16
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
124
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Nearly everyone there was there to surf. While only a few were in the water at a time, 3/4s of the people there had wetsuits and a board. Many people brought their dogs, more dogs than I have seen before at this beach.
Notable Wildlife:
no wildlife seen whatsoever
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
n/a
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
Driftline had very little (but some) kelp along the southern end of the mile, and no algae. Most of the driftline comprised of small plastics, some styrofoam, just as much as there were pine needles and wood pieces.
New Development:
none
Modifications:
none
Natural Changes:
No notable new developments or changes. The cliff-sides along this mile have been experiencing erosion for quite some time, but there have been no significant events causing change.
Comments:

n/a

Summary:

It was a beautiful and sunny day out on Short Sand Beach and in Oswald SP. There was not much of a breeze on the beach and it was warm for a January day on the Oregon coast. Beach was fairly packed with surfers and beachgoers and there was much more human debris/litter along the beach and hiking paths than seen in the past coming out here to survey (usually it's a very clean beach! today not so much). Most notably, there was more plastic in the driftline than usual for this beach. No wildlife to be seen, including birds, which seems to be common for this beach when people are here. Many dogs, though. The numbers for the amount of people walking/on the beach are not exact; many people were coming and going throughout the time we were there, but there were still quite a lot of people.

Other Mile 303 Reports (12)

2021

November 16, 2021 - DeborahP
We observed typical post rain/storm erosion and debris. The wrack line was surprisingly clean of trash. The concrete dock is becoming buried under sand.
  • Tree slid down the bank
August 23, 2021 - angela whitlock
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
July 22, 2021 - shattuckf
  • Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
  • Gull in the sand
  • Eroding bluff
  • Up close shot of the bluff erosion
  • A 5-6 feet long burial mound of sand and rocks, with a cairn tombstone at the southern end of the mound on Short Sand Beach.
  • Trees in the process of falling over due to bluff erosion.

2019

August 19, 2019 - jessejones
Sunny, warm day at Shorties with a mild crowd of families and surfers. Most notable as always is marine debris including microplastics in the sand and in the wrackline.  Large log covered with...

2012

March 4, 2012 - LisaL
A plastic wrapper with Japanese writing was in the drift line. The south cliff looks look there has been some erosion over winter. Fallen trees were present along the side of the cliff. Morphology of...

2011

December 4, 2011 - LisaL
Large number of people; signficant marine debris.
December 1, 2011 - LisaL
Observed nothing but ordinary recreational activities.
October 23, 2011 - LisaL
It was a fairly typical day at Oswald. Overcast, people surfing, and people with their dogs. The afternoon was busy with tourists, but as it got later in the day, there were mostly surfers left at...
June 5, 2011 - LisaL
It was warm and calm. It was very cloudy with a little fog. The air was still. Several tiny fish, about an inch long were in the water in the swash zone. The beach looked clean, I did not see the...
April 8, 2011 - LisaL
Deceased young 40-45lbs harbor seal on beach near high tide line at south end.
March 19, 2011 - LisaL
Trail up to Devils Cauldron was in good condition, but muddy. Suspension bridge showed some sign of wear and graffiti was present at the bridge. Several plastic water bottles were on the rocks off...

2009

October 9, 2009 - beachmike
I didn't see any signs of man-made or major natural changes to this section of the coast. Despite the fact that this is such a heavily used beach, I didn't find any garbage. The people seemed...
  • Lots of feathers!