Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock
Curry County

Latitude: 42.740864741049
Longitude: -124.496984245810
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  • Motor vehicles are allowed from the south side of Cape Blanco (42° 50.1132', Mile 56), south to Rocky Point (42° 43.3812', Mile 47).
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Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock
Mile 49 Reports (37)


November 18, 2022 - JaneSkipLegacy

A quiet, sunny day on the beach. The guy sitting in a lawn chair reading next to Battle Rock had the right more

August 20, 2022 - Skip-Jane-Legacy

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach. Not much going on, wind went from light to moderate in the course of our visit. The beach looked quite clean and people were behaving themselves.

Of note, the information gathering and survey only took about 45 minutes, but posting more

May 4, 2022 - JaneSkipLegacy

The beach was very clean, no real wrack line. Not the usual kelp pieces or chunks of wood. Just smooth sand and small more


December 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy

The beach was very clean. There was some industrial trash on the rip rap of the dock and other highway trash on the slope above. read more

  • boxes below a shed on the dock
  • Pretty afternoon on Port Beach
  • Trash on the slope above the beach.
November 6, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy

All in all it was quiet, cloudy weather probably keeping people from visiting - that and there were more action-packed places to see the King Tide in action. We didn't spend too much time because we were going to hit Mile 48 and knew the tide was coming in more

  • Small sample of the debris on the tide line on the "pocket beach."
  • Rolled tube of some kind of plastic sheet
  • Large stump might be new to pocket beach
  • Invasive ice plants taking over on the rocks by the port.
  • Metal ladder, and sand washed away from rocks
  • One of the dead birds we found
  • Large wad of kelp, complete with anchors and holdfasts
  • Look north at the port from the south end of the beach
  • Rocky point on southernmost end of main port beach
July 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy

Was a very nice day, but very few people on the main beach. The largest concentration was a family of 7 chatting up the 3 men fishing in the surf on the little beach to the north of Battle Rock. Some of the kids were playing in the sand, more

  • Line of shell casings
  • Remains of the big bonfire
  • Small Carcass on Port Beach
April 17, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy

Tide was just coming in, and the wet sand area was very clean, but up higher there were a lot of plastics in the process of breaking down - smaller pieces and broken things. Lots of driftwood up high, old wood, likely driven in during winter storms. read more

  • Hermit Crab at Port Beach, Port of Port Orford
  • Port Beach
January 14, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy

I saw something that looked like sea pickles on the shore. I have never seen them before. I found out from an episode of Oregon Field Guide tonight that they are Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon coast.

More trash and human debris than I have more

  • plastic bits in the drift line
  • Pyrosomes


October 16, 2020 - Skip-Jane-Legacy

There was a sea lion carcass on the port side of the beach. It has been there long enough to be partly covered over with sand, smell bad and have maggots spilling from a tear in the belly. We did not see a head, so we're not 100% sure it' more

August 22, 2020 - alaingamerica

A family of six was playing in the surf in the little Cove south of the dock Beach. The actual dock area seems very quiet, although we did see some dredging more

  • Dredge
  • Barge


August 10, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer

Marine mammal survey training with Dr. Dawn Golay. Stranding report for juvenile Stellar sea lion, female. Had been dead for a bit before washing in. Apparent trauma to muzzle and back end. Apparent signs of predation by Cookie Cutter more

  • Dr. Dawn Golay preparing for stranding report protocols-Juvenile Stellar Sea Lion, female
  • marine mammal stranding training August 10, 2018
August 10, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer
marine mammal survey training with Dr. Dawn Golay. Stranding report for juvenile Stellar sea lion, female. Had been dead for a bit before washing in. Apparent trauma to muzzle and back end. Apparent signs of predation by Cookie Cutter sharks. read more
  • Dr. Dawn Golay preparing for stranding report protocols-Juvenile Stellar Sea Lion, female


March 9, 2013 - Tichenor
The beach was very clean with no dead birds or animals and almost no litter. Dog feces were numerous, as many people ignore the sign at the main entrance to the Dock Beach about picking up after your animals.A variety of people, including several children, were enjoying the beautiful more


December 18, 2012 - Tichenor
There was a brief "window" of partial sunshine with showers of hail and light rain. Dock Beach was nearly deserted; one man and his enthusiastic dog were walking and exploring driftwood piles.On the dock the boats are on their trailers and crab pots are stacked, awaiting the official start more
September 18, 2012 - Tichenor
Quiet day on the beach and the dockread more
June 20, 2012 - Tichenor
People and a few dogs were enjoying the beautiful sunny day. I saw the fewest dead birds I have seen on any of my Coast Watch visits to this area.The beach was very clean and more
April 3, 2012 - Tichenor
I missed an opportunity when the sun came out late the afternoon of March 18. Due to my busy schedule and the continual intense storms since March 19, I am just over two weeks late with this spring report.Piles of wood -- from small twigs to logs and rooted more


December 6, 2011 - Tichenor
Light activity at both Battle Rock and Dock Beach. On the dock people were busy with boats, hoisting boats, or working in the restaurant. Crab pots are stacked, awaiting the signal to start the season. Beautiful more
September 19, 2011 - Tichenor
The beach was extremely clean with almost no litter (1 soda pop can, 2 bottle caps). Charred wood, remainders of beach fires, were evident but had not been near piles of driftwood, so were apparently extinguished easily and completely.There was not as much natural material in the wrack lines more
June 18, 2011 - Tichenor

Calm weather, calm sea. Several people quietly enjoying the beach in their own ways. The dock seemed busy with several boats out and one coming in while I was there. There seemed to be more live birds around than is sometimes the case. The only dead ones (4) had more

March 23, 2011 - Tichenor
This was the first time I have been to the beach since the recent tsunami. Erosion in a couple of places at the top of one beach could have been from those waters.There seemed to be more trash than usual, including a lot of pieces of broken plastic. Time more


December 3, 2010 - Tichenor
I decided to do my quarterly walk a little early as it was a very pleasant day and low tide. Sky was partly cloudy, air and ocean quite calm. It was a good decision, because it seems as though the weather has been stormy ever since.The few people on more
September 21, 2010 - Tichenor
On this edge-of-autumn afternoon the sea was calm, the beach quite clean with few footprints.Business-as-usual was going on at the dock (fishing boats returning for the night)and people who work at the dock were doing their more
June 16, 2010 - Tichenor
A quiet day on the dock and on the beaches. Four people were quietly enjoying the beach at the cove just west of Battle Rock. I was the only person on the dock beach.No dead birds or animals today.Several pelicans were flying, swimming, or resting on a rock near more
March 12, 2010 - Tichenor
2 people on 2 different sections of beach, one with a dog. Dock very quiet; fishing boats waiting out the stormread more
  • A large amount of driftwood has accumulated this winter, especially around Battle Rock.


December 10, 2009 - Tichenor
A warm, sunny, calm day at the beach. Most of the people and all but 2 of the cars were on the dock. Crab season is in full swing and the fishers have had good weather since it started December 1. The beach was clean; no dead birds and almost no more
September 16, 2009 - Tichenor
We have had rain off and on; no big storm. But, even so, the sand patterns change on the beach.As I walked the day that started with rain was changing to a warm, sunny late afternoon. Very pleasant.Large piles of bull kelp on some areas of the more
June 9, 2009 - Tichenor
As I sat on a rock to watch the activity at the port, I observed one fishing vessel come in and the fish in containers were hoisted to the dock. One man had apparently just come in from kayaking. He made several trips up the ramp, unloading and transfering more
March 18, 2009 - Tichenor
Little beach activity; sands mostly clean. On the pocket beach between Battle Rock and Fort Point--where the waves do not wash things away as completely as on the open beaches--there were piles of tangled grass, kelp, and pieces of wood. These might be the remains of some of the more


December 10, 2008 - Tichenor
One of a string of calm, beautiful days at the beach here. Beach very clean, quiet. No problems more
September 18, 2008 - Tichenor
A typical day at the beach and on the dock. Weather very pleasant (no wind!). The only thing unusual was the large number of jellies on the beach, flat, roughly circular, mostly brown. I counted 57, so upwards of 60, I would guess. I saw a similar situation some more
June 6, 2008 - Tichenor
The most unusual factor was the extreme low tide (-2.4). Usually, a lot of people are on the beach at such times, but not today. I did not find one bird carcass in my short "mile" and that seemed unusual, based on past experience. the beach was very clean, more
March 12, 2008 - Tichenor
A very calm day, even at the dock. Empty beach; only a few gulls in the more


December 20, 2007 - Tichenor
Although the bird carcasses noted above were of varying ages, I think it likely that most of them were victims of the Dec. 2-3 storm. Several pelicans died in Port Orford during that storm.We have had a storm this week, too, of lesser more
September 5, 2007 - Tichenor
Nothing unusual nor of concernread more
June 16, 2007 - Tichenor
Little activity on the dock; the few people on the beach were there because of the low tide, I think, because you can walk around some of the headlands at very low more
March 15, 2007 - Tichenor
A beautiful day: people, dogs and one horse enjoying the beach. I found a large number of dead birds, 12 which seemed to be of the same type (auklets).read more