Mile 309

Austin Point, Hug Point SP, Arcadia Beach south
Clatsop County

Latitude: 45.827229470450
Longitude: -123.962558567770
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited between the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326), southerly to the Clatsop County-Tillamook County line (45° 46.9902', Mile 306), except as follows: Operation or parking of motor vehicles used for and engaged in towing dory boat trailers or essential dory boat launchings from Sunset Drive (45° 53.2830', Mile 313) in Cannon Beach southerly to Warren Way (45° 52.3566', Mile 312) with access from Warren Way only.
  • There is hereby established a 15 MPH maximum speed limit within those areas of the ocean shore where motor vehicle travel is permitted. Said speed limitation shall extend from Ecola Creek to Arch Cape in Clatsop County, Oregon.
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Austin Point, Hug Point SP, Arcadia Beach south
Mile 309 Reports (67)


October 1, 2022 - spinger

Beautiful unusually warm day with strong offshore breeze. Unusual number of clusters of 6"+ mussels in wrackline, some moon jellies, eel grass. read more

  • 2.3' tide at Hug Point
July 15, 2022 - spinger

Cool overcast morning of -2.1' low tide during full moon, beach empty except for Hug Point area. Abundant worm casings. read more

  • -1.6' tide at Hug Point


June 26, 2021 - spinger

Folks and dogs getting ready for a great day at the beachread more

  • looking south from Hug Point
  • morning class
April 28, 2021 - spinger

calm spring morning with significant low tide, several folks with dogs, sparse driftlineread more

  • looking south from Hug Point
  • pioneer sea stars


December 16, 2020 - cadonofrio

Some beach was visible at the south end of the mile; no beach was visible at the north end.  No people, no birds; stormy more

September 30, 2020 - spinger

peaceful early fall eveningread more

  • Hug Point looking south
July 6, 2020 - spinger

high sand level, able to clear Hug Point on foot by 50 yards at ~-1.0 tide, beach relatively flat, sporatic diftline contentread more

  • looking south from Hug Point
March 18, 2020 - cadonofrio

More people than we expected to see in these days of social distancing; nice to see families sharing the time with their children.  Large amount of small rocks in the drift line at the south end of our mile.  (Apologies for no photo of the drift line - camera needed charging.)read more


September 28, 2019 - spinger
September 20, 2019 - cadonofrio

Quite a few birds; most observed in the past few reports; lots of small wood at driftline; larger logs washed more

  • Mile 309
July 27, 2019 - spinger
June 27, 2019 - cadonofrio

No one on the beach yet; of note:  extremely clean driftline (cleanest seen all year); no more

March 26, 2019 - spinger

Surprise sunny March day, Tuesday of spring break week, many beach lovers enjoying the beach. Deposition level of beach sand generally low, making low tide seem higher at Austin Point, Point Meriwether and Adair more

  • Hug Point looking south
March 21, 2019 - cadonofrio

Of note:  unusual amount of small rocks; no more


December 31, 2018 - spinger

beautiful Old Year's Day at the beach, lots of people, lots of dogs enjoying themselves!read more

December 19, 2018 - cadonofrio

Virtually no beach; rough surf; no more

September 29, 2018 - spinger

Beach sand deposition is extremely flat, causing increased distance of tide line variationread more

June 30, 2018 - spinger

beginning of holiday week, lots of morning beachgoers, -0.6 tide, many Moon Jellies in driftlineread more

June 21, 2018 - cadonofrio

Notable large rocks and a log at the driftline (Southern part of mile); clean drfitline at the North end; very few more

May 2, 2018 - spinger

Sand deposition low, exposed basalt in sand at Austin Point west of bluff, Vellela Vellela drift from late March still present, Mole Crab casings lower in racklineread more

  • Spring low low tide.
March 22, 2018 - cadonofrio

Quite a few people walking on the beach, despite the cold, windy conditions.  Waves were "angry" - churning sand as they came in; looks like a storm is coming more


December 20, 2017 - cadonofrio

Beautiful winter day; few shore birds and notable "sea foam" at the south end of the more

July 25, 2017 - spinger
  • sand deposition appears lower than 2016 summer level;
  • abundent mole crab casings;
  • haven't seen pyrosomes on this beach before;
  • no Ochre Sea Stars on Mile 309, but a few on Jockey Cap on Mile 310;
  • driftwood installations.
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  • Fall Creek, Hug Point
  • Driftwood installation
June 22, 2017 - cadonofrio

Beautiful day; suprisingly few people; very clean more

May 10, 2017 - spinger

Oystercatchers, golden plovers north of Hug Point. Ochre Stars that were reappearing last summer are more


December 21, 2016 - cadonofrio

Cold and sunny day; more visitors than usual at this time of year; lots of rocks and some logs in the drift line at the south end of our more

November 25, 2016 - spinger

Unusual amount of plastic debris, photo below is items found in first 100' north form Sally's Alley:read more

September 29, 2016 - spinger

Beautiful late September evening low tide.
-  Ochre Stars are gone again;
-  less varied kelp in drift;
-  abundant Mole Crab molt;
-  very low water volume at Fall Creek waterfall;
-  very flat sand deposition;read more

September 21, 2016 - cadonofrio

Beautiful day; extremely clean driftline; only a few birds; many more

June 7, 2016 - spinger

continuing concentration of moon jellies in drift line, very modest recovery of ochre stars, lone standing spruce above
Hug Point is more

March 18, 2016 - cadonofrio

Unusual number of rocks in the driftline and above the drift line; larger number of shorebirds as well. Increase in visitors due to Spring more


September 23, 2015 - cadonofrio
Notably cooler; shorebirds in the drift line. Of note (not on our mile; but near our home), we observed several whales spouting just beyond the breakers, due west of Sally's Alley. This is the same spot we saw three whales breeching several months more
June 23, 2015 - cadonofrio
Quite a few visitors all along our mile on a beautiful day; some shorebirds along the drift more
March 26, 2015 - cadonofrio
Sun + Minus Tide + Spring Break = Lots of visitors!read more


December 22, 2014 - cadonofrio
Rough surf; larger rocks on beach; rocks pushed up exposing more sand; no shorebirds. Unable to walk much on the beach due to high more
September 22, 2014 - cadonofrio
Driftline remains clean; some shorebirdsread more
June 19, 2014 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; once again, unusually clean drift line; very few seagulls/shore birdsread more
March 21, 2014 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; lots of activity; more rocks in drift line (at southern end of mile) than recently more


December 23, 2013 - cadonofrio
Blustery day; shoreline "storm-blown" (clean); virtually no activity, man or more
September 18, 2013 - cadonofrio
Exceptionally clean drift line; large (50-60) group of seagulls at Asbury Creekread more
June 22, 2013 - cadonofrio
Usual - nothing notable to more
March 22, 2013 - cadonofrio
Very clean driftline with a few sea gulls; beginning of Portland Spring Break - more than the usual amount visitors on a Friday more


December 26, 2012 - cadonofrio
More rocks in the driftline/sand than at the time of our last report; large portion of a dock on the rocks midway point of our more
  • Portion of dock found on rocks midway point of Mile 309; two attached lumber tags indicate US Company.
  • Lumber company label attached to dock
September 21, 2012 - cadonofrio
seem to be more people visiting as a result of the extended nice weather; shoreline continues to be cleanread more
June 20, 2012 - cadonofrio
Very clean driftline and noticeable absence of shore birds; starfish on rocks. Beautiful day - warm with little wind; minus more
March 22, 2012 - cadonofrio
No changes; things look stable from last report; nothing more


September 22, 2011 - cadonofrio
Overcast, windy & warm; fewer rocks; easier to get down on the more
June 22, 2011 - cadonofrio
Quiet; few seagulls; no notable changes since last more
March 23, 2011 - cadonofrio
There appears to be a notable increase in the amount of small rocks and coarse sand pushed up onto the beach; as well as an erosion change in the three rocks in the water near the cave at Hug more


December 27, 2010 - cadonofrio
Quiet, a rainy, cold morning; very little activity of any kind. No disturbances; a few gulls resting on the more
September 22, 2010 - cadonofrio
beatiful day, calm condtions, still difficult to get on the beach at the southern end of our mile due to rock build-up - about the same amount as in more
June 23, 2010 - cadonofrio
Still more rocks than sand, usual number of seagulls, notable small rocks in the more
March 21, 2010 - cadonofrio
Noticeable increase in amount of rocks at more


December 25, 2009 - cadonofrio
Beautful, mild and clear Christmas day accounts for the unusually large number of people on the beach. Driftline very clean; saw no more
October 24, 2009 - [email protected]
On October 24 I walked my mile and then some, from the Creek at the Southerly end of Arch Cape community all the way to the northerly end of Arch Cape State Park, missing only the inaccessible area between Hug Point state park and Hug point itself. My conclusion more
October 24, 2009 - cadonofrio
Observed a bird (white head w/ dark body) floundering in the surf. It was struggling to get to the sand and was unable to walk. It was in obvious distress.A flock of 20-30 seagulls appeared more
September 22, 2009 - cadonofrio
Warm day at the coast, with visitors playing in sand and more
July 9, 2009 - spinger
People and dogs enjoying -.8' low tide, concerns as noted above.Sand deposition more normal for summer than previous year. Little driftwood at southern .5 mile. Bluff above beach appears stable and increasingly vegetated.Deep pool at base of Hug Point; note accidental photograph of trapped jumping salmon.Many types of gulls present, more
  • salmon trapped in pool at Hug Point, image caught unknowingly to me
  • morning beach activities at low tide
June 21, 2009 - cadonofrio
more people than usual (Father's Day); no notable wild life; usual driftline content; no man-made changes to the shoreline; no notable natural landscape changesread more
March 22, 2009 - cadonofrio
Nothing notable, except unusual to see people surf fishing near Hug more


December 21, 2008 - cadonofrio
no activity - report done on day that hwy 26 to the coast was closed; ice and snow in our area for the past more
September 23, 2008 - cadonofrio
Beautiful day; clean more
July 15, 2008 - spinger
Beach sand still offshore in these littorals, but moving in. Sand level appears 4' - 10' below typical mid-July height, extensive round rock at top of beach. Shorebird population appears normal. Ocean water feels colder than normal. Early morning observation, so human activity low, and mostly strolling. Logging activity more
June 25, 2008 - cadonofrio
cleaner shoreline (no kelp, driftwood); access somewhat difficult due to higher "wall" of beach rock. Fallen tree noted in last report(s)appears to be in same positionread more
March 19, 2008 - cadonofrio
An extremely large amount of rocks and driftwood on the beach - the wood pieces are large. Rocks and wood extend to the water line in many more


September 18, 2007 - cadonofrio
The tree mentioned in the last report appears to be dead and hasn't fallen any farther down the hill; there are "new" trees that have begun to fall since our last more
June 27, 2007 - cadonofrio
Will monitor tree more