Mile 95 Report

October 29, 2010
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
South end of Bandon State Park
Conditions:
Friday 12:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
People:
5
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
2 riding ATV
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
ATV
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
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
1
Activity Comments:
Three of us (accompanied by my dog) rowed across the New River where the Lower Fourmile Creek enters it and walked north along Mile 94 to Mile 95. Where we first came to the beach, it was sloped fairly steeply toward the water, but up at Mile 95, it was much flatter.It was warm and sunny with just a very mild breeze. There were just a few clouds visible. We saw a number of jellies, mostly small, some the size of a dime, but found one big one, the size of a baseball with lumps on it. It looked like it was clear caulk that had been extruded from a caulk gun. A few of the jellies were yellow or brown but most clear. There were a few mussel shells and even fewer parts of crabs. Up near the mouth of the New River there were lots of big pieces of driftwood but not as many as I saw there last Spring. There were masses of Bull Kelp including once I paced off at one hundred feet long. We saw a couple of flocks of little white shorebrids running in the surf. We also saw solitary large gulls with white bodies and grey wings and one gull which was somewhat smaller and colored light brown. The waves were mostly small, two feet crest to trough, but there was one about five feet tall. We saw no footprints in the sand but did see one set of ATV tracks. As we were returning, heading south, an ATV with two men on it, carrying two fishing poles, sped by at high speed. I was under the impression that except for BLM personnel, no ATVs are allowed on that beach. Although I waved, they did not acknowledge us.
Notable Wildlife:
Large solitary white gulls with grey wings, one smaller gull light brown, little white shorebirds.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
NA
Stranded:
Total:
0
NA
Fish & Invertebrates:
Jellies, mussel shells, crab shells, not many of any.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
None
Natural Changes:
Comments:
None except to report the guys on the ATV.
Summary:
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 of small white shorebirds on wet sand.
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...
April 3, 2011 - John Hull
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...

2010

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...