Mile 255

Kiwanda Beach
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.127669792026
Longitude: -123.979529428980
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Porter Point (45° 09.5142', Mile 257), southerly to the Tillamook County/Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247).
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Kiwanda Beach
Mile 255 Reports (37)


January 19, 2023 - SchermerSG

Found one water bottle in driftwood. Observed a blue heron and a bald eagle. read more

  • Looking E from Sahhali entrance
  • Looking W from Sahhali entrance
  • Looking N from Sahhali entrance
  • Looking S from Sahhali entrance
  • Dune erosion - Looking E near Sahhali entrance
  • Dune erosion - Looking NE near Sahhali entrance
  • Dune erosion - Looking NE near Sahhali entrance - 2


November 9, 2022 - bballentine

We have been monitoring this section of beach for over 10 years now. In that time we have seen a great reduction in the amount of trash on the beach. In the early years we would fill large trash bags with styrofoam, glass and plastic bottles, shoes and flip-flops, more

April 17, 2022 - AngeloL

Infestation of crab parts in one stretch of beach.  More than usual number of whole dead crabs most of the mile.  The amount of trash was less than minimal:  one small piece of styrofoam, one small piece of a broken bottle, one piece of what appeared to be fishing line, more

March 31, 2022 - bballentine

Beach is much narrower than in most recent visits. Could not walk far on beach because waves were reaching up to the rip rap in front of a group of houses at South end of mile. Portion we were able to walk on was clean, no man made debris. read more


August 26, 2021 - bballentine

Nice day for a walk on beach and saw several others doing same. Started walk with sun, ended with hevy cloud cover and light rain. Beach remains very clean with no plastic bottles, styrofoam, shotgun shells, etc. which were very common in years past. read more

May 13, 2021 - bballentine


June 29, 2020 - bballentine

Pleasant day, first chance to visit since Covid lock down. Beach is very wide and cleanest we have seen since starting Coast Watch program. Beach grass appears to be advancing at north end of mile. read more


September 22, 2019 - bballentine

Beach getting wider with change of season. When we started monitoring 7 years ago we would fill trash bags with styrofoam, glass and plastic bottles, flip flops and shoes, rope, shotgun shell casings, and other debris. We now find a few small plastic fragments and an occasional plastic bag. more

June 28, 2019 - bballentine

Beautiful day to walk on beach. Beach continues to be very clean, almost no man-made trash. Beach is very wide at this time and easy to access from the public access point. read more

February 26, 2019 - bballentine

Beach very clean, no man-made refuse noted. Beach very wide, sand has built up at foot of more


November 7, 2018 - bballentine

Beach is very clean, almost no signs of man-made debris. Sand slopes up to foredune making dune look lower, but no evidence of erosion of dune. Only bird life noticed was a few more

August 15, 2018 - bballentine

Appeared to be very low tide, wet beach area larger than we have seen in the past. Some large areas of crab molt. Beach was clean, almost no man-made debris. There was a dead sea lion at the southern end of the mile with turkey vultures eating the carcass. read more

June 4, 2018 - bballentine

Very pleasant day. Beach is wide and very clean, only picked up a few water bottles and plastic bags. No styrofoam, which was quite prevalent in the more

March 6, 2018 - bballentine

Beach is very wide. Foredune appears steeper and lower than previous visits. Public access trail in Mile 254 across foredune is trench like. Very little trash on beach. Beautiful view up and down more


July 19, 2017 - bballentine

Beautiful sunny day. Beach was the cleanest we have seen in 5 years monitoring. Found three fireworks casings near beach houses other than that very little trash. No styrofoam, no bottles, no cut lumber, no fishing gear. Crab and shrimp molt at high tide line. read more

May 1, 2017 - bballentine

Cool, cloudy day with light rain. Beach was very clean, only a few plastic bottles and one section of rope found, no styrofoam. Crab moult and dried Velella at high tide line. Few people walking on more


August 19, 2016 - bballentine

Very pretty day with more than usual number of visitors to beach, probably due to very high temperatures inland. Beach was very clean, much less trash picked up than in previous visits. Have noticed a real drop in Styrofoam compared to previous more

March 18, 2016 - bballentine

Seaward side of dune appears to have eroded so it is much steeper and difficult to reach beach from public access site. There was the normal collection of plastic water bottles on beach and some glass bottles including one with traditional Chinese script label. Some fishing gear with a more


November 8, 2015 - bballentine

High tide, large breakers off shore. Beach is much narrower than in summer. Waves coming almost to the dune edge. Picked up plastic debris and rope/nets but Styrofoam was almost completely absent. Picked up a bottle marked "Paolyta Co" which is a popular drink from more

May 31, 2015 - bballentine
Beach was mostly clean. Some glass bottles and fish net rope in one location that appeared to have been gathered by a beach visitor and left in a plastic bucket. Pelicans were diving for fish just beyond the surf line and several seals were swimming in the surf. One more
April 23, 2015 - bballentine
Very quiet day, only one person on beach other than us. Gulls, crows, and sanderlings seen. Some very large drifts of Velella velella in several areas, smaller numbers scattered along whole mile. Beach area quite wide. South end of mile very clean but north end had several plastic fishing floats, more
February 25, 2015 - bballentine
Very low tide, beach very wide. Pleasant day despite heavy cloud cover, some fog, and light mist at times. Debris on beach was mostly small fragments of plastic, very few bottles or styrofoam pieces which have been common in previous trips. Did find two plastic pallets partially buried in more


September 25, 2014 - bballentine
Beach was the cleanest we have seen it, very few pieces of styrofoam, no water bottles or other packaging. Only two others on beach, 1 running 1 sitting. Found 3 mures that appeared to be exhausted from flying in very strong winds. Also 5 dead mures, two of which more
August 13, 2014 - bballentine
Beach very wide, sand has built up a bench against dune. Much of the rip-rap in front of beach houses at southern end of mile is covered with sand. Beach was clean for the most part, no water bottles or styrofoam that we normally see along high tide more
February 22, 2014 - bballentine
Beach wide and relatively clean. Very pleasant day with a number of people walking on beach. In contrast to most of our visits there was no Styrofoam along the high tide line. Removed several pieces of fishing net and a number of plastic water or beverage bottles. Two of more


November 17, 2013 - bballentine
Strong winds from the South. Beach mostly clean, much narrower than in Summer. Picked up two plastic beverage bottles, one with Chinese label other with Japanese label. Only one styrofoam piece. Dead shark near high tide more
September 7, 2013 - bballentine
Beach wide and relatively clean, very little styrofoam. Picked up a few water bottles, little other debris other than a pair of discarded beach shoes and short pieces of rope. Saw a few pieces of milled lumber heavily encrusted with bivalve mollusk more
May 3, 2013 - bballentine
Beach much wider than 2 months ago with sand spits projecting into ocean. Generally clean with less plastic foam than last visit. Several sections of heavy wood beams. Found structural section of fiberglass reinforced polyester about 4' x 1.5' that appears to be from gunwale of a small boat, more
February 24, 2013 - bballentine
Sunny day but cold wind blowing in from ocean. More plastic than usual at high water line. Also more driftwood, including cut lumber and two wooden beams with mortice cuts for joints. One beam was about 10' long and had a slight curve to it as found in bridge more


December 29, 2012 - bballentine
Overcast day, heavy surf. Beach mostly clean but many plastic bottle caps at high tide mark. Less plastic foam than in earlier visits. Several pieces of lost fishing gear (net, rope, float)that we picked up and removed. Saw 7 people walking on beach and one more
November 10, 2012 - bballentine
Beach was relatively clean and wide. Saw about 8 walkers, one with two dogs. Tire tracks visible several places along beach, probably from an ATV. Some foam pieces and plastic bags along high tide line. Found a few plastic water bottles. One bottle cap with label in Russian. Found more
July 24, 2012 - bballentine
Beach relatively clean, less debris seen than in previous visits. Only found 2 plastic bottles, much less styrofoam. Found a small wooden shipping pallet heavily encrusted with more
June 20, 2012 - bballentine
Beach generally clean, some foam pieces, one wooden shipping pallet, picked up two bags of plastic bottles including one Japanese dish washing detergent bottle. Several spherical plastic fish net floats at north end of mile. Found a clean 2 x 4 board on sand. Few people on beach, one more
April 22, 2012 - bballentine
Very warm and pleasant day, saw approx. 15-20 people walking on beach. Beach was very clean, only saw a few small pieces of styrofoam and one barnacle-encrusted styrofoam fishing float. No shore birds observed, some flights of gulls and a few more
March 23, 2012 - bballentine
First visit to this mile. Met Sue who has observed mile 254 for many years and walked with her as she gave us much useful information.Very pleasant, sunny day on beach. Saw 3 beachcombers, two women with two small children enjoying running into the water, and one surf casting more


March 1, 2007 - seadavu
3 beached birds: 2 grebes and 1 was definitely a tufted puffin, winter plummage of course. I called Connie Owston as she has this area of the beach for dead more
February 28, 2007 - seadavu
Okay I have a question, the tide line is covered with a slick dark "stuff", first thought of oil, but wonder if its an organism that has broken down, didn't seem to be bothering the gulls at all. Can someone give me info on this???Also there are a lot more