Mile 333 Report

June 20, 2012
by leftbase

Columbia Beach, Camp Rilea MR
Wednesday 11:30 AM
65° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
We made two visits in the last two days. On Tues, 6/19 we saw an eagle along the waterline at about mile 331 or 332. A woman was trying to get close to it with a camera, the eagle moved away from her. The eagle may have been ill.
Notable Wildlife:
There were very few birds.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Picked up a couple of big bags of trash, mostly styrofoam. There was far more styrofoam noted than in visits in previous months. Pieces of styrofoam were bigger than I'm used to seeing, and much of it looked like it had come from flat pieces as are used in insulation. There were a couple of pieces that looked like they'd been fishing floats, and one looked like the sort of segment of a circle that could have come from a life preserver. There was a sort of uniformity in the state of decomposition of the "large curd" pieces of styrofoam. Some pieces of debris had mollusks of some kind that had started to grow on one side of the piece.
Mile 333 is a comparatively remote stretch of beach, bordered by Camp Rilea. There were more people there, and more significant pieces of debris and plastic than I've seen in past visits. A day or so before, a dead baby seal had washed up on the beach there. It was there yesterday (6/19) but gone today (6/20).
  • June 20, 2012
Other Mile 333 Reports (13)


July 14, 2019 - Merce and Michael
Came across these 2 mystery egg cases this morning.
March 8, 2019 - Merce and Michael
Came across a few patches of what look like Market Squid egg cases, the first we've seen on the Oregon coast.Jean just sent this link about them: Thanks, Jean.
February 17, 2019 - Merce and Michael
Lots of people and dogs on a bright sunny day. The people and dogs are possibly why we saw far fewer birds than usual.


November 19, 2018 - Merce and Michael
There was half a butchered elk rib cage in the parking area when we arrived which, quite oddly, was gone when we got back after the Mile. Another full butchered elk rib cage was alongside the dirt...


May 8, 2017 - srhoads
 Beautiful day. Thin wrack line, medium size continuous woody debris, human built wood "monuments." Not much mico plastics, mostly large peices. One truck doing donuts. One man fishing and a couple...
  • Wrack line
  • Shorebirds
  • Plover
  • Debris


May 15, 2012 - leftbase
We picked up about three bags of mostly plastic debris. Compared to our last visit, this section of beach was notably clearer of washed up items of any kind.
February 5, 2012 - leftbase
This was a first visit for us, virtually all of the driftline was composed of driftwood. We concentrated on plastic debris, and collected a couple of sacks that amounted to about foty five or fifty...


March 7, 2010 - jmfink
We were the only ones walking on the beach today although there were several vehicles driving. There was some clam digging going on farther south of mile 333. There was quite a bit of driftwood...
  • Driftwood and dune of mile 333


December 13, 2009 - jmfink
As usual, there was very little human activity on this stretch of beach. The access road has been under water, but because of recent cold and dry weather, we were able to walk to the beach. There...
November 11, 2009 - croegner
Veterans Day. I hiked the mile between squalls. Steady south wind and scuttling clouds; wide band of breakers with
October 26, 2009 - croegner
Sweet Autumn day on the beach. Access at DeLaura Beach road heavily rutted by vehicles. Three trucks on beach but no hikers. Beach recently swept by waves and mostly clean of litter save for a few...


November 29, 2007 - Simonetal
No one on this very clean beach today.
March 3, 2007 - Simonetal
Camp Rilea Military had beach access closed due to firing range activities. Has been closed all day, with closure scheduled to end at dusk. This closure is a common occurrence at this beach,...