Mile 104 Report

June 20, 2013
by T-money

Bullards Beach west of the Campground
Thursday 8:00 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
5.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
Apparent Violations:
An out-of -town family decided to neglect the signs and built a campfire near the beach entrance.
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
The family had started a small campfire for themselves. Either ignoring or not knowing the rules that are posted. South of the "no vehicles prohibited beyond this point" sign, was in fact, tracks that were a day old from a truck. Pictured.
Notable Wildlife:
Several seagulls spotted and two cormorants.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Newly exposed roots/trees falling
In the attached photos, is evidence of erosion in the foredunes. The shore pine is shown falling over from erosion occurring.
After finishing the walk and observing the family around their fire, I made my way to the park host/ranger station to report the illegal campfire. After introducing myself, I started to explain what was the concern, and in mid-sentence the ranger got a call from the other ranger that was in the middle of "busting" the family. The second ranger returned and had said that the family was from out-of-town and "was not aware of the signage". South from the vehicles prohibited area was evidence of someone ignoring the posted signs and driving towards the jetty. Attached, is a picture. Towards the south end of the mile are several shore pines along the foredunes. Pictured, is evidence of recent erosion. Shells, small rocks and wood in the driftline. Several seagulls and two cormorants. Seven people sitting and two dogs on the beach.
  • June 20, 2013
  • South side of "no vehicles beyond this point" sign.
    South side of "no vehicles beyond this point" sign.
    June 20, 2013
Other Mile 104 Reports (29)


June 15, 2013 - Doug C
Calm slightly overcast day. Beach was relatively clean. From photo taken 3 years ago, sand elevation has risen about 8 feet based on my calculations at the "No Motor Vehicle" signpost. One dead...
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March 18, 2013 - T-money
A chilly and windy day at the beach. Mostly cloudy with the sun trying to break through. Two vehicles in the parking lot upon arrival. A couple with a dog are north, walking towards the parking lot....
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March 4, 2013 - T-money
The weather was mostly cloudy with 10-14 mph winds. Later, changing to partly cloudy. Discovered an unusual floor mat that was pretty torn up and had mussels attached to it. No vegetation, had been...
  • This floor mat had mussels on it, indicating that it had been at sea for some time.  The design looks like it might have come from Japan.


July 30, 2012 - beachnut
A cloudy but calm morning saw just me and a few gulls on the beach, while about 20 cormorants, a pelican and other gulls flew offshore. The human/dog ratio changed on the return trip though, but not...


January 30, 2011 - beachnut
Scads of people were out enjoying a calm, sunny January Sunday. Most were rock hunting, but two were on horses, two others walking, one sitting, three playing in the sand. Four large dogs were out...


November 7, 2010 - beachnut
No one else was out on this calm morning after two days of extremely high surf--at least when we started north. Erosion of the dune area was very noticeable north of the parking lot at Bullards Beach...
July 17, 2010 - beachnut
The wind was brisk, but the sun was shining,and we had the beach to ourselves practically the whole outing. Lots of stones and some agates were strewn along large stretches of my mile and beyond....
April 25, 2010 - Doug C
This was a walk on the northern 2/3rds of the mile from the Bullards Beach parking lot due west of the campground. Beautiful calm day. Five people (2 dogs) were out walking. Heavy erosion of "No...
  • Person is 5'6".  Estimated erosion from previous visit is 10 feet.
  • Trails leading up to the top of the foredune were completely gone.  Estimated erosion is 10-15 feet.
April 14, 2010 - beachnut
Eight people and 1 unleashed dog were out on my mile this overcast morning. The people were mostly rock hunting. High surf and west winds brought in an abundance of litter, much of it glass and...
February 28, 2010 - beachnut
Only two other people were out at 7 a.m. with me: rockhunting in a dicey surf resulting from the Chilean earthquake/tidal wave situation more than 24 hours earlier. Wildlife was scarce: only one gull...
January 25, 2010 - beachnut
Only one other person (beachcombing) was out on my mile today several hours after high tide, but that's not surprising. Surf advisories were out and the swells were running at least 16 feet....


December 21, 2009 - beachnut
At last, a break in the rain and wind occurred. I took advantage of it even though the tide was high and the surf was running way up the beach. No worries. Also absent was any wildlife: no birds, no...
November 22, 2009 - beachnut
High surf and screaming winds occurred the night before my beach walk. They took a high toll on seabirds along my mile and into mile 105: 15 (12 Northern Fulmar, 2 Western Grebe & 1 cormorant)....
  • dead, unbanded Northern Fulmar; 12 others of the same kind were in the high tideline on mile 101 and into mile 102.
  • High surf damage along much of the mile was evident. This segment was several hundred yards north of the big Motor Vehicles Prohibited sign.
April 14, 2009 - beachnut
There was not much human or animal activity on this stretch on this blustery morning. However, that did not stop an ATV operator coming south from Whiskey Run access. This person went several yards...


December 31, 2008 - beachnut
Only one other person was out of my mile today, though it was a pleasant beach-walking time. Unfortunately it was also attractive for atv operators, one of which I encountered in the flesh. He was...
December 10, 2008 - beachnut
There wasn't much to see or report on this sunny but chilly morning. Two walkers came in from the campground, and two others were resident-regulars. For some reason there was a noticeable amount of...
July 31, 2008 - beachnut
A glorious, sunny, almost-windless day at the beach. The only complaint was a churned up beach caused by 4 horses to-ing and fro-ing. Wildlife was not evident, apart from one gull flying offshore....
April 1, 2008 - beachnut
The only development of note is a very large sign prohibiting vehicles from going south of it on the beach. The sign is attached to a steel i-beam embedded in the high-tide area perhaps a quarter of...
January 13, 2008 - beachnut
There is much dune erosion in my mile and one beyond. The water from the high tides, pacific storms and surf advisories has encroached well into the dunes, leaving exposed beachgrass roots and...


December 7, 2007 - beachnut
The pitch of the beach (about 20 degrees) and the heighth of the tides are moving the accumulated logs from the dune base. Some are tossed inland; others out to sea or wherever. There will be at...
November 20, 2007 - beachnut
It's beginning to look a lot like winter on the beach now, apart from the usual northerly winds. The high tides are lapping at the dune base in the usual areas and the terrain is leveling out. Four...
October 23, 2007 - beachnut
A perfect day, a perfect beach. Sanderlings in surfline. Gulls on beach. Moderate human impact (9)- 6 walking and 3 sitting. Two dogs.
September 15, 2007 - Doug C
We visited this mile as part of the SOLV Beach Cleanup. This section was fairly clean. Small amount of plastic bags and bottles were found (5 lbs) and removed mostly from high dunes below the...
September 13, 2007 - beachnut
Small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Two groups of pelicans flying north over the waves. Gulls at the surfline. An unidentified raptor on the beach. For a change, little litter from...
August 9, 2007 - beachnut
The campground was full so it was surprising so few people were at the beach on this windless morning. Litter continues to be a problem, mostly in the area just over the dune from the parking lot...
June 6, 2007 - beachnut
Kelp/algae, small rocks and styrofoam in the driftline. Few shorebirds, crows and gull on dry sand. 1 dead Common Murre and 1 dead gull. There was not much activity -- human or otherwise -- on this...
May 23, 2007 - beachnut
It was a glorious morning to walk the beach, but apart from me there were only four others out enjoying it -- and three of them didn't walk that far. There appears to be less litter coming in from...
May 13, 2007 - beachnut
Plastic litter from the sea, mostly, was obvious. Northerly winds are blowing sand that is starting to cover the winter accumulation of logs and debris, but these are still visible at this point....


December 22, 2005 - D Brittain
Virgin sand with large driftwood logs against foredunes. Low human impact (0). 1 gull in flight.