Mile 1 Report

October 12, 2021
by mmcdowell

Winchuck River, Crissey Airport, California border
Tuesday 4:00 PM
58° F
Tide Level:
6.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
High tide may have reduced number of people visiting this beach at this time; there were numerous footprints above surfline from earlier. I hadn't visited this beach in such a high tide before and was surprised that the surf reached almost to the vegetation up the wave slope in spots. I did observe one other person on the beach briefly on the California end but they didn't pass me so presumably a local beach house resident.
Notable Wildlife:
Flock of gulls at Winchuck River mouth including a couple Heerman's gulls. This beach seems to have a scarcity of shorebirds but I don't visit enough to really know.
Dead Birds:
One Common murre, freshly dead on Crissy Field beach; another older Common murre carcass on the California end of beach.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

High tide reaching close to vegetation (composed of European beach grass) above the waveslope. Beach condition pristine; no litter (except for a fresh half eaten sub sandwich sitting on a log). Flock of gulls at mouth of Winchuck including a couple Heerman's gulls. 

  • Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
    Northview Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
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  • Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
    Winchuck River mouth Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
    October 12, 2021
  • Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
    Winchuck River mouth Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
    October 12, 2021
  • Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
    Southview Crissey Field Beach 12Oct2021
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Other Mile 1 Reports (18)


August 22, 2022 - mmcdowell
Human activity: 23 people, 6 dogs. Most walking, 4 playing in surf, 2 surf fishing. All dogs on leash. Surf fishing seems too close to pelican fishing due to potential for entanglement. Beach is very...


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
July 31, 2021 - mmcdowell
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...


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...
  • Oregon Mile 1 north view
  • Oregon Mile 1 south view


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...
  • Crissey Field Visitor Center
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...