Mile 336 Report

July 24, 2019
by ParkroseUCC

Columbia Beach, Peter Iredale wreck, Fort Stevens SP
Wednesday 1:30 PM
62° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
5-6 Vehicles driving in sand in permitted area, with 1 remaining in non permitted area (out of state)
Apparent Violations:
See previous notes
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Most people were exploring the shipwreck and setting up for spending a day at the beach. Our observations were that some vehicles were driving to permitted locations and setting up picnic sites for the day. Most people that were enjoying a walk along the coast had dogs. By the time we ended our survey, there were twice as many vehicles in the parking area and people near the wreck. No off road vehicles noted at location.
Notable Wildlife:
Small flocks of gulls (likely suspects-California gulls, Herring gulls, Western gulls, etc.) 10-15 birds in each group; One Bald eagle flew over during survey. (We also found several primary feathers from (juvenile) bald eagle; possible feather molt??- as no carcass was noticed.) We left feathers at site.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Somewhat large concentration of Cellophane worm ( Spicaetoperus castarum) casings; Some evidence of older crab molt-rather bleached, Once small sea star (deceased) was discovered in shallow tide pools.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Found many items of clothing (children/adult socks, water socks/shoes,etc). Additionally, we found one cloth ball cap that had small Gooseneck barnacles on it as well as several (beer) beverage containers, wrappers, etc. pantyliner, cigarette butts, bottle caps, lighters and one large bundle of nylon rope.
New Development:
No changes noticed
Natural Changes:

Another fantastic day for debris surveys at the Peter Iredale. Sunshine with slight breeze made for suitable walking conditions. One carload of folk thanked us for picking up litter and debris. We engaged another out of state visitor with a dog, that was interested in what we were doing. Great oppotunity for chatting up Oregon Shores. (These are the folks that may have been in a no permitted area, possible mobility issues?? ) 

We noticed many concentrations of Cellphane worm casings and crab molt(older, as shells were rather bleached out) on our walk.  Coast line was rather clean with a few noted items. We filled one bag of litter/debris. 

We noticed that when we placed our trash in the garbage cans, someone else had previously come along and cleaned up additional debris/litter. That was a pleasant surprise.

  • Our debris Pile, at end of survey
    Our debris Pile, at end of survey-various items
    along coast walk #336
    July 24, 2019
  • small sea star found in tide pool
    small sea star found in tide pool
    July 24, 2019
  • Large concentration of tube worm Casings
    Cellophane worm -Spichaetoperus costarum-casings
    Found in concentrations all along #336
  • A view from the parking lot at Peter Iredale
    A view from the parking lot at Peter Iredale
    Wreck of the Peter Iredale-Fort Stevens State Park
    July 24, 2019
Other Mile 336 Reports (18)


March 29, 2019 - Merce and Michael
We came across this flock of approximately 3,100 Dunlin a bit south of the Iredale wreck in Fort Stevens State Park.In about 2 hours we saw 6 or 7 Grey Whale spouts out near the horizon.
February 18, 2019 - Merce and Michael
The Peter Iredale shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park, from shortly after wrecking in October, 1906, to the February 18, 2019, maximum king tide.


July 18, 2018 - ParkroseUCC
Pictures of barnacle covered pallet and suspected crab molt- exuvia 
  • Possible crab molt-crab exuvia
  • Gooseneck barnacle covered wood pallet


March 30, 2014 - Judy Benson
Mostly sunny day at the beach, last weekend of spring vacation so lots of families having a nice day at the beach. No issues observed with inappropriate activity, beach was clean, no changes over...
  • Peter Iredale.  Car on beach was in an allowed area/time.
  • Spring break on the beach at Fort Stevens state park
  • Wreck of the Peter Iredale, up close and personal
  • Mound of sand on the beach at the end of the winter season.  Much higher than in previous visits


October 12, 2013 - Judy Benson
Beautiful fall day at the beach. Three day weekend so lots of people staying at Ft. Stevens campground, having a nice day on the beach. No concerns identified with human or other activity.
March 30, 2013 - Judy Benson
Spring Beach clean up day, with many people and vehicles on beach.


September 29, 2012 - Judy Benson
Beautiful day at Fort Stevens park. Lots of people on the beach just enjoying the day. Noticed larger quantity than normal of small debris (styrafom, line, etc) and shells, perhaps the beginning of...
  • Just a nice little piece of randomly created art above the tide line.
April 15, 2012 - Judy Benson
Check out the photos. We visited the week after the beach clean up so things were very clean. No debris. No dead birds or animals, nothing washed up. Fairly early in the day so not too much activity...
  • Fort Stevens state park, just a little north of the Peter Iredale wreck.
  • Same general location, Fort Stevens state park
  • Eagle moving up the beach at Fort Stevens state park


October 30, 2011 - Judy Benson
Stormy day at the end of October. Not terribly cold but it was wet so hardly any human activity. Beach was clean of debris and marine life.
  • Rainy day at the beach.
February 13, 2011 - Judy Benson
Winter day at the state park. Had been very rainy the day before, campground was not very busy. Tide quite high but we've seen worse on our observations. Not much action. People standing around,...


October 23, 2010 - Judy Benson
In the course of our walk a very wet storm arrived. We started dry and ended up soaked. The few people on the people were mostly standing or doing short walks, no one in the water or playing. Tide...
June 27, 2010 - Judy Benson
The tide was the lowest I've ever seen it in any of our visits over the years. The tide was so far out the Peter Iredale was available to all with lots of beach between it and the waves. Many people...
February 14, 2010 - Judy Benson
This was a very stormy weekend, the sun happened to come out during our mile walk, but it had been raining a lot the previous day, and that morning. Three day weekend so good crowds. The tide was...


September 26, 2009 - Judy Benson
Nice late summer day. Lots of horses on the beach this time. And truck driving through the primary beach access area; they are allowed but seem unnecessary in my opinion. No noted issues with...
May 9, 2009 - Judy Benson
Nice day at the beach. Not too crowded but certainly not empty. People doing the normal Fort Stevens beach stuff; walking, looking at the wreck, etc. Trucks were on the beach in the allowed area,...


November 29, 2008 - Judy Benson
It was a rainy, late November day. People were on the beach right near the Peter Iredale wreck but not much beyond that. A few trucks drove onto the beach where it was allowed but did not go any...
September 27, 2008 - Judy Benson
It was a beautiful September day at the beach. Lots of people at the Peter Iredale area. Mostly standing around. Head north 50 yards however and the crowds thinned dramatically, just a few people...
  • A beautiful day at the Peter Iredale in Fort Stevens State Park
June 1, 2008 - Judy Benson
In this mile the bulk of the action if around the wreck of the Peter Iredale, almost all activity ceases away from that small section of beach. That was where almost all the people, dogs and activity...