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CoastWatch Mile 155
Oregon Dunes NRA, Tahkenitch Creek
N 43° 48.285', W 124° 10.202' to N 43° 47.294', W 124° 10.384'
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Siltcoos to Tahkenitch Creek (2), to Threemile Cr
• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lane County-Douglas County line (43° 51.8604', Mile 160), southerly to approximately one mile south of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (43° 47.4330', Mile 155).
• Motor vehicle travel is allowed from approximately one mile south of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (43° 47.4330', Mile 155) to the Umpqua River, (43° 40.3404', Mile 146).
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Tahkenitch Creek 7/15/12
8 REPORTS FOR MILE 155:
Jul 15, 2012 12:00 AM
The beach was deep and looked to be lower tide than the numbers indicate. Sunny beautiful day with more people on the beach than I've seen before. Also very clean, no litter or debris. The group of birds is still a mystery. We hiked in via the Threemile Lake route and walked out the Tahkenitch trail. LOTS of mosquitoes in the woods and on the south end of the beach. Tahkenitch Creek was easy to cross and warm. could have gone swimming. Still lots of erosion near the creek. The trail head leading down to the beach is a bit difficult to navigate. A buoy with a rope that leads to the beach is attached to the sign to help people navigate beach access.
Aug 15, 2011 12:00 AM
Tahkenitch Creek is a new mile this year for me and I seem to always miss the lowest of tides, but this time there was soooo much beach. I crossed the creek easily, waded in a large pool about the size of an acre of water and found a vertebrae of a large animal in the pool. It was such a gorgeous day. Sunny with a breeze. Saw one or two brown pelicans, a whale or maybe two spouting for about an hour--they seemed to stay in the same spot. Lots of spouts and once I saw the head pop out of the water. Binoculars were so helpful. Lots of shells and dead crab that were still intact. Not eaten? The trail from the dune heading towards the beach seemed more loose sand than packed. Made for a good work out.
several of these bouquets of kelp were scattered along the beach.
Mar 14, 2011 2:00 PM
Walking through the woods I saw a few Trillium. The dune you cross to the beach looks unchanged but this is my second time walking this area. I was the only one on the south side of Tahkenitch Creek. It looked like the person on the north side of Tahkenich Creek was picking up pink flag that surround the snowy plover nesting area. I'm not sure how they got their trucks on the beach. Not sure that is a legal spot to be. I have not been on the north side on the creek. Anyone know how to do that? Beautiful gray day the ocean sounded like a distant freight train going really fast. Even though is was low tide it seemed like the water was up.
Jan 9, 2011 12:30 PM
First time walking this mile. Lovely day, mild rain briefly. Parked at the Tahkenitch camp grounds and took the creek trail to the beach then followed the ThreeMile Lake trail back. The beach was littered with large scrubs. The edge of the dune before it drops to the beach had lots of root exposure and trees that were literally getting ready to slide down from the 30ft bank. Two trees had the duff that surrounds the tree sliding all together as a unit. This was about 50 yards just south of where the Tahkenitch Creek meets the ocean. We saw no one on the trails but 2 motorcycles on the beach in the designated area.
Jan 9, 2011 12:00 AM
tree poking out from the beach wall
beautiful beach looking north
Oct 11, 2008 11:35 AM
Led hike out Tahkenitch Dunes trail to beach then south along S end of mile 154 and all of mile 155 with 15 people for South Coast Striders hiking group. Short earred owl was a treat to see along with carcass of Dosidicus gigas (Humboldt Squid). We hiked out on Threemile Lake trail. Beautiful day. We talked a little about the proposed marine protected area and marine reserve between Siltcoos estuary and Tahkenitch estuary. Beach was relatively clean. Popular recreational destination for hikers and overnight backpackers.
Humboldt Squid - Dosidicus gigas
Very large squid growing up to 2 meters long and 45kg weight. Go to http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/view/774 to view good video about this animal.
N43 47.3438' W124 10.3654'
Tahkenitch Creek Mouth
The mouth of Tahkenitch Creek has moved south to a pt very near the N end of Mile 155.
N43 47.501' W124 10.351'
I think these are what is left of the squid's tentacles. You can see remains of suckers and hooks.
Wrack example mile 155
Lots of remains of small shrimp (krill?)along with Sand crab - Emeritus analogia. The surf zone had a nice dark brown upwelling color.
N43 47.022' W124 10.487'
Sep 21, 2007 1:30 PM
I wasn't able to access my mile because the Tahkenitch Creek trail ,at its mouth, had been eroded back at least 200 yards. ODNRA says trail will be repaired in 3 months. We had 10 plover nests and 2 fledglings this year.
Jan 6, 2007 11:00 AM
Since September when I last observed, the trailhead has eroded away. Shore Pines that have recently been eroded were evident in the heavy surf. I would estimate about twenty-five yards to fifty yards of the trail are gone. The ocean had two feet deep foam drifts which looked like snow drifts.
Sep 13, 2006 9:30 AM
Beach was clean and quiet no problems of any kind that I could see.