Mile 1 Report

July 31, 2021
by mmcdowell

Winchuck River, Crissey Airport, California border
Saturday 12:45 PM
60° F
Tide Level:
2.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Apparent Violations:
Vehicle tracks observed in soft sand mid slope ending near south boundary of state park; not sure where they originated from; didn't notice them till I was heading back and I didn't walk all the way back to the mouth but cut off just south of visitor center.
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Counted 10 people (out of total 44) that were on the beach north of Winchuck River mouth, a section of this mile that I did not walk but only observed from the south side of the river mouth. A couple of the surf fishermen were on the north section. Observed one dog poo bag closer to south end of the beach, mid-slope. Otherwise no trash. Several driftwood structures observed north and south of river mouth.
Notable Wildlife:
Ten Brown pelican flying, cormorants roosting on offshore rocks, one osprey heard, a few gulls observed.
Dead Birds:
Common murre, one obvious juvenile.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Large size wood concentrated at river mouth and sparsely scattered along upper beach slope. Narrow intermittent wracklines.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Winchuck River mouth emptying about 300ft southward along outer beach slope in a narrow channel creating a short sand spit between ocean and channel and a sharp sand cutbank above the channel on land side. Winchuck River is still covering south shore of river at the mouth preventing walking from riverside beach near highway bridge to oceanside.

Beach looks super clean; no litter except for one dog poo bag. People activity concentrated nearer to Vistor Center on south side of river and closer to mouth of river on north side. Activities: surf fishing, family gatherings, walkers; everyone behaving nicely and happy even in the fog (warm with no wind). Observed vehicle tracks in soft sand mid slope. I walked past park boundary south to rental cabins at south end of beach where there were several more people, some with a beach fire and some playing in the ocean. I was on the beach 1.5 hours.

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August 22, 2022 - mmcdowell
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October 12, 2021 - mmcdowell
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August 31, 2021 - jessejones
Most important observation was the dumped contruction material - mostly wood -  at the end of a rough trail down the west side of dune. Reported it to the staff at the travel center, who also walk...
  • Awesome root wad and beached wood at the north end of the mile.
  • Close up of debris pile
  • Cobble and seaweeds facing south
  • Wracklines looking north


November 26, 2020 - mmcdowell
Crissey Field Visitor Center and Winchuck River access on north side of river are both opened today. They were both closed when I last visited in July and also within the last month or two as I...
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January 13, 2018 - iornman777
There were a few large tires on the beach. We cleaned debris off the beach but was unable to remove large tires.


January 31, 2014 - floral
Walked the sand dune like area and found the tide very high.. up to the grass in many places toward the Calif. boarder..lots of tree stumps and dead trees on the beach from the Winchuck River I...


December 1, 2013 - floral
Mile 1 today was calm seas even though it was highest tide..walking at the Crissy field was easy and interesting driftwood about.Saw a Great blue heron fishing at the mouth of the river.Also saw tow...


October 14, 2011 -
Fisrst time I've seen so many pelicans hanging around; maybe 30 or more. Unusual, even for this (Pelican)bay. Beautiful sunny shirt sleeve weather and almost no wind. Only a few people about, even...
  • Was fun to see thenm diving for food.
  • Mosr driftwood I've seen in a long time.
February 7, 2011 -
Very cold and windy. Two people near the visitor center. Center, except for restrooms, closed. Guess it's only open weekkends, under spring arrives. Nothing to report of any note.


June 21, 2010 - Barbara
The Winchuck River Mouth has been fascinating to watch. Huge quantities of sand and gravel have moved around. Sand now covering part of clambeds ("Hooray!the clams say). A sand island appears and...
April 15, 2010 -
Everything still in well-kept condition at this mile, which is the Crissey Field Recreation Area (and Visitor Center, USFS, etc.). It still looks like an intrusion into the area, but maybe time will...
January 26, 2010 -
Beautiful sunny and warm day. Lots of people out walking the beach. Almost no litter to be seen--someone's doing a good job (or hopefully, everyone)and it shows from my last visit.
  • Many dozen seagulls congregated at the mouth of the Winchuck River.


October 12, 2009 - Barbara
Last day before first storm approaching. New ugly buildings visible: Crissey Field Visitor Center and huge new palace-style "home" at mouth of Winchuck. Beach beautiful.
July 26, 2009 -
Bright, sunny day at this Park/Visitor Center. Lots of people out enjoying themselves. Only problem noticed was that there was much litter everywhere. One man with Volunteer hat was collecting...
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March 9, 2009 -
Mile 1 is the site for the new Crissey State Park & Visitor Welcome Center. Has been open only about 2 weeks. Minor trash on beach, such as tennis shoes, tangle of rope, plastic bottles. Next...


May 17, 2008 -
This is not my mile, but I am switching to it for ease of access. (See report for Mile 2) It was Saturday and no construction activity was visible. The visitor center building is going up -- see...
  • Construction is not very far along.  It appears to be on the highest land at the wayside.  Not visible from the north side of Winchuck R.


November 4, 2007 - floral
This is not my mile but did want to see how the area is coming with the new construction. Big Hole and lots of work going on....beach was enjoyed by several on this beautiful day.
  • Excavation for new Visitor Center, on site of old Crissey Field, almost adjacent to the beach. Shore pines atop foredunes in background.
  • Residence perched on bench at mouth of Winchuck River
May 27, 2007 - mmcdowell
Access to the beach south of Winchuck R. is strewn with homeless type trash. There is a semi-abandoned looking RV parked along the access trail, brought in from the south end roads. Might not be...