Mile 7 Report

October 13, 2022
by SmithB

Ransom Creek, South Harris Beach SP
Thursday 1:00 PM
55° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
One fellow was on a different type of long boat/ board laying down and paddling with his arms and hands only. He maneuvered rather easily in the moderately rough surf. Remarkable how he navigated the deep water surf and covered a considerable distance in a short period of time. Interesting to watch.
Apparent Violations:
Nothing out of the ordinary. No noticeable trash or burned wood.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Most people were preparing to leave or leaving. The wind was picking up and spitting in our faces.
Notable Wildlife:
2 gulls
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
All in good order and well maintained.
Stream modification
See description below, in natural changes.
Natural Changes:
Evidence of wave overtopping
I have been frequenting Harris Beach for 10 months since moving to the area and I have observed a dramatic change in the run-off from about which has developed into a deep channel that now runs parallel to the shoreline and has created a large pond near the informal pathway near the north edge of the parking lot. That landscape has changed a lot.

No action. Just mentioning it now.


New channel developement noted in Natural Changes section.


  • October 13, 2022
Other Mile 7 Reports (13)


December 5, 2019 - lovlielovie
This was a relatively uneventful beach day on South Harris Beach. I was expecting more drift and erosion issues post-Bomb Cyclone. It was beautiful outside but the air was a little hazy with smoke...
  • Northern most point of mile 7.
April 24, 2019 - lovlielovie
Tide .47 feet, foggy and calm breeze. Very quiet walk on the drift line. Lots of dead tiny crustaceans, crushed shell and large and small woody debris. At the end of the mile, noted small slide near...


June 13, 2017 - DewPoint Dave
Sunny morning at low tide with lots of beach and exposed rocks for the 26 people and 9 dogs to explore and enjoy.
  • Low tide Mile 7
January 12, 2017 - DewPoint Dave
Mile 7 at a King Tide of +8.5 ft on a very sunny morning after several days of rain found very limited activity on the beach at South Harris Beach State Park. The lower part of the South Beach Trail...
  • Mile 7, King Tide
  • Mile 7, King Tide (+8.5 ft)


September 29, 2016 - [email protected]
A mid-week, end-of-day walk on the beach, nine people using beach, no problems observed.
September 22, 2016 - DewPoint Dave
Nice morning for a walk on the beach at low tide.Drift-line had quite a bit of seaweed near the south end of Mile-7. Very little man-made debris was found.
September 22, 2016 - DewPoint Dave
Nice morning for a walk on the beach at low tide.Drift-line had quite a bit of seaweed near the south end of Mile-7. Very little man-made debris was found.
May 13, 2016 - DewPoint Dave
A cool and cloudy morning at low tide along Mile 7 found only 7 people and no dogs. Seasonal beach erosion was noted at the southern end of the mile and very little debris was observed at the...
  • Photos taken from top of trail, looking south. Seasonal beach erosion at southern end of Mile 7.
  • Driftline Debris consists mostly of organic material - small wood pieces, a few crab casings, and small rocks.


September 23, 2015 - DewPoint Dave
A sunny September morning welcomed 21 beachgoers and 4 dogs to Mile 7, South Harris Beach State Park. Driftline contained mostly kelp and seagrass with a few crab and shrimp casings here and there....
  • Mile 7, Kelp and seagrass accumulation in the driftline at approximately mid-mile.
  • Mile 7, Seasonal beach erosion at mid-mile
  • Mile 7, Mesoglea was found in the driftline at several locations near mid-mile.
  • Mile 7, Beach art which took much patience.
  • Mile 7, One of the several hundred Oregon Safety Signs which pinpoint (GPS) locations along the Oregon coast for emergency response. Most of these signs are located near beach access points.
June 6, 2015 - DewPoint Dave
Another beautiful day on the south coast with 38 people enjoying exploring the beach at a minus (-1.0 ft.) tide. The beach was relatively clean with kelp and seagrass accumulations in only a few...
  • A very clean beach at low tide (-1.0 ft.).
  • Dead bird - unidentified
  • Mainly kelp and seagrass were found in the driftline and only in a few places. One tent was observed about mid-mile, and it appeared to have been there overnight.
  • Hard shell branching organisms about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and up to 8 inches in length.
  • Several individuals fishing from a very steep and dangerous slope on the south side of a rock at the northern end of Mile 7.
  • A fisherman "resting" on a rock while waiting for fish action.
February 24, 2015 - DewPoint Dave
Coastwatch Mile 7 beaches contained very little debris, a possible result of relatively calm seas during the recent King Tides. The driftline contained only organic material including what appeared...
  • Clean beach at Mile 7 during low tide (-0.5 FT) after a King Tide. View is to the north from about Mile 7.2.
  • Mile 7 driftline at low tide (-0.5 FT) at 10:00 a.m. on Feb 24, 2015, showing what appears to be mole crab molts.
  • Mile 7 driftline at low tide (-0.5 FT) at 10:00 a.m. on Feb 24, 2015, showing what appears to be mole crab molts.


December 31, 2014 - DewPoint Dave
Another beautiful afternoon for a walk on the beach at low tide (+1.0 FT). Thirty-four people and 2 dogs were counted along Mile 7 during the survey. Ten cars were located in the parking area at the...
  • View of the southern half of Mile 7 looking south at low tide (+1.0 FT) from Harris Beach S.P.
  • View to the north from the southern end of Mile 7 showing a very clean beach relatively free of debris.
  • Live seagrass at low tide (+1.0 FT) near the midpoint of Mile 7.
  • Logs and woody debris deposited along the upper shoreline near the middle of Mile 7.
  • Two unidentified dead birds observed in the upper shoreline 150 yards from the southern end of Mile 7.
  • An unidentified dead bird observed in the upper shoreline 100 yards from the southern end of Mile 7.
September 10, 2014 - DewPoint Dave
A beautiful sunny morning was enjoyed by those who ventured out on mile 7 at 7:00 am at low tide (-0.1 FT). Most notable observation was the condition of two sea stars found on a rock (see photo)...
  • View of mile 7 at low tide (-0.1 FT) looking south from the upper part of the South Beach Trail at Harris Beach State Park.
  • Seasonal beach erosion shown at low tide (-0.1 FT) and viewed from a point along mile 7 looking north. Note Goat Island (Bird Island) in the upper left hand corner of the photo.
  • "Gorilla Rock" located just offshore near the northern end of mile 7.
  • Sunrise on "Arch Rock" at low tide (-0.1 FT).
  • A sea anemone at waters edge during low tide (-0.1 FT) near the northern end of mile 7.