Mile 95 Report

April 3, 2011
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
South end of Bandon State Park
Conditions:
Sunday 10:00 AM
Sunny
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
When we got to where I think mile 95 begins, the number of places where the ocean had overtopped the dunes become more common and the dunes less frequent and shorter. As we approached the mouth of the New River the amount of large driftwood on the dry sand increased although I don’t think there was a much as during the Fall of 2010. There was one stretch of perhaps fifty yards of gravel about the size of grains of rice. The slope of the sand was consistent and between ten and twenty degrees. The wet sand was clean, no jellies, few shell fragments . But I found pieces of gorse, some with the distinctive yellow flowers. There were occasional rocks around the size of golf balls in the wet sand. When we reached the mouth of the New River, we found some sort of pinnipeds swimming in the river. At first I thought the little heads were river otters, but as we watched I decided that perhaps we were seeing young and adult seals or sea lions. They appeared to be studying us quizzically. At one point five heads were out of the water at the same time. Twice they made a splash in the water, otherwise they were quiet. We retrieved four crab floats (one from the bark Fishon and the other from _____) and a string of little white floats, something we have not seen before. I also retrieved one Ziplock baggie. There was one automobile tire on the dry sand. At one point there were small pieces of wood, about the size of match sticks or toothpicks, on the wet sand, but otherwise, the wet sand was remarkably clear. At the mouth of the New River there was a cool breeze, between five and ten miles an hour. The sky became somewhat more overcast. The sand was fairly warm underfoot, the ocean water was cold but not frigid and the river water was cool. When we reached our starting point at the beginning of what I think is mile 94, it was nearly noon.
Notable Wildlife:
At least five pinnipeds, perhaps a dozen, swimming in the New River near the mouth.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
None
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
None
Natural Changes:
Evidence of wave overtopping
New River continues to eat into the dune on the north side of its mouth.
Comments:
We brought back four regular crab floats and a string of small ones.
Summary:
Driftline very clean, no jellies, less than a dozen pieces of mussel and crab shells, some small wood pieces, virtually no seaweed. At least five pinnipeds swimming in New River near its mouth. New River continues to eat into the dune on the north side of its mouth. Evidence of wave sovertopping the foredune. No people (save us), no foot prints or vehicle tracks.
Other Mile 95 Reports (16)

2013

November 23, 2013 - John Hull
Unusual number of people, saw what we took to be a family of three walking south along the west bank of the New River and a fisherman, first seen walking north, then in the water at the mouth of the...
June 19, 2013 - John Hull
Beach fairly clean, occasional pieces of bull kelp and a frilly kelp on the wet sand. The European Beachgrass on the dunes was dead, apparently the result of being sprayed with teal-colored...

2012

November 4, 2012 - John Hull
Saw a large pelican with an injured wing and at least three (but probably more) pinnipeds in the New River near where it joins the sea. Beach was pertty clean. There was less driftwood than in the...

2011

September 18, 2011 - John Hull
Saw one pinniped in the surf and found a dead Steller's Sea Lion about eight feet long on the dry sand. Shells, animal casings, jellies and pieces of jellies, piles of Bull Kelp, small rocks and...
May 22, 2011 - John Hull
Saw what appeared to be perhaps a dozen Harbor Seals in the surf at the mouth of the New River and several solitary ones and one pair we took to be a mother and pup further south. A minimum driftline...

2010

October 29, 2010 - John Hull
Two guys with two fishing rods on ATV. I thought that beach was off limits to ATVs. Some jellies, mussel shells and crab parts. Large clumps of Bull Kelp. Two types of gulls as well as two flocks...
April 25, 2010 - John Hull
No people save ourselves. Unusually large amount of driftwood on the dry sand. Lots of little pieces of wood at edge of the water (first time I've seen that). Kelp/algae, small rocks, Styrofoam...

2009

September 15, 2009 - [email protected]
Animal casings, kelp/algae and ocean-based debris in the driftline. About 30 Snowy Plover feeding with Sanderlings near surfline. Low human impact (1)-BLM ATV carrying Snowy Plover exclosures to...
September 3, 2009 - [email protected]
Animal casings, kelp/algae and ocean-based debris in driftline. About 40 Sanderlings foraging by water's edge. One dead sea lion reported to Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Low human...

2008

September 22, 2008 - [email protected]
The European Beachgrass is moving north and building sand dunes with the progression. BLM had bulldozed the dunes in 2002 and pushed the beach grass into the ocean. It's back and doing quite well. My...
  • Birds at Two Mile Creek and New River ocean mouth
July 2, 2008 - [email protected]
I crossed New River at the Lower Four Mile trail end. The water was about 18 inches deep; the river must be breached south of Lower Four Mile Creek. The mud was soft, but the water was fairly clear....

2007

November 2, 2007 - [email protected]
I accessed the beach from the north end of Roaring Surf Lane trail. New River was about 8 inches deep, walked south along New River to the end of Bandon State Park and crossed the dunes to the ocean...
  • New River and Two Mile Creek convergance looking north from Mile 95
  • Beached Northern Elephant Seal, south end of Mile 95 at the high tide line
  • Northern Elephant Seal
October 2, 2007 - [email protected]
I crossed New River at Four Mile Creek Trail, the water was 29" deep. The river bottom was hard sand. I walked North along mile 94 to access mile 95. There were a lot of shore birds (gulls and...
May 19, 2007 - [email protected]
The trail to New River was dry. The New River water level was lower than I have seen it in 5 years, my socks didn't even get wet on the crossing. Last weeks winds had pushed waves topping the dune on...
March 11, 2007 - [email protected]
I accessed mile 95 from the Lower Four Mile trail Sunday 3/11/07. One-third of the trail to New River was under water from runoff. The depth was as deep as 18" in a couple places. The water level in...
  • 12 foot 4x4
  • Tracks identified as Red Fox
March 4, 2007 - [email protected]
I attempted access from the Lower Four Mile access Saturday 3/3/07. One-third of the trail to New River was under flowing water from runoff. The depth was as deep as 18" in a couple places. The water...