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CoastWatch Mile 119
DescriptionShore Acres SP, Simpson Cove
Boundaries N 43° 19.872', W 124° 23.026' to N 43° 19.261', W 124° 23.406'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapBastendorff Beach, Cape Arago, Sacchi Beach (1)
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from south jetty at Coos Bay, (43° 21.1158', Mile 123) southerly to Fivemile Point (43° 13.2228', Mile 109), except as follows:
(A) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of Coos Bay (43° 21.0990', Mile 123), southerly to (43° 21.0036', 124° 20.4822', Mile 123);
(B) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the north end of the Sunset Bay State Park (43° 20.0880', Mile 120) for the purpose of boat launching.
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TidesThe NOAA Tide Predictions site may be found here. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.


Shore Acres coastline   11/2/07
Shore Acres coastline, Friday evening, November 2, 2007. Looking South toward Cape Arago (far point).

May 2, 2015 12:00 AM
Person observed disturbing birds. I haven't been here in a couple years. Still a magical place.   MORE 
Mile 119 shore acres north   
Description:looking north with the Shore Acres viewing station in foreground on a blustery day of wind from the NW.
Shore Acres - south   
Description:Looking south towards Cape Arago
Dec 13, 2012 10:00 AM
One of the year's highest tides at this moment (+9.78). Cold (38 degrees) yet sunny with little wind (barely a breath from the east). Exciting wave action from the high tide against the bluffs. I observed an occasional loud boom as waves pounded into the rocks below. Then a second later, high spray would erupt skyward (photo). I noticed high standing water in Simpson Cove, but did not notice any unusual damage or erosion in areas otherwise. Part of the trail was re-directed away from the North Cove due to erosion (photo). I did not observe any bird or seal activity. I heard some sea lion barking from the seal rocks area further south. Five people walking the trail. One dog. Such a beautiful and sacred place this is.   MORE 
Mile 119 looking south   
Trail re-direct to right   
Description:Mile 119, a short section north of old tennis court
Simpson Cove   
Description:High water lapping into Shore Acres' Simpson Cove, mile 119
Simpson Cove, looking NW   
Mile 119 looking north   
Description:Towards Shore Acres viewing station with king tide below.
High spray with high king tide   
Description:South part of mile 119, looking west
Aug 17, 2012 11:00 AM
Nine harbor seals observed on rocks at north part of mile. Two hawks and 12 seagulls. I could hear sea lions making barking noises from Shell island (a quarter mile off shore to the southwest) as the sound was carried by the wind. A moderately cool summer day at the coast while temperatures soar to near 100 fifty miles inland from Portland to Medford. A gentle breeze, the softly lapping ocean and natural air conditioning make this a magical place to visit. 16 people, walking and taking pictures, and 1 dog. Removed some litter from the trail.   MORE 
Mile 119 looking northward   
Description:Shore Acres maritime viewing station at upper right of photo.
Simpson's Cove   
Description:Middle of the day and no one here.
Jun 18, 2012 6:25 PM
North Cove closed to visitors for the pupping season, so all observations were made from the cliffs. It was remarkably quiet. No obvious marine birds other than a single Pelagic Cormorant and Sea Lions on Shell Island and the reef. Some evidence of bluff erosion. Six people with two dogs walking on trail.   MORE 
Crack in Bluff   
Location:Near the Bench and the North Cove Headland Overlook
May 17, 2012 7:30 AM
Four seal pups in the usual area (straight section of coastline at northern section of mile 119). They were all foraging under the water and occasionally surfacing. One very young small seal was hanging out with its mother. Trail to southern portion of the mile has been improved. Eight people and two dogs noted.   MORE 
Westward ho from Shore acres overlook   
Description:This is taken from the overlook directly west of the floral gardens.
Mar 18, 2012 10:10 AM
Didn't see much this time. It was cold with gusty wind and freezing rain - and the path to the North Cove is closed now for the pupping season. One wall of the observation platform seems to have subsided some, creating a crack. One stone is missing.   MORE 
Feb 19, 2012 3:55 PM
Sunday afternoon ... Enjoyed a walk through Shore acres and onto the cliffs south of Simpson's Cove. We were just about to go home when we spotted a Bald Eagle on the cliffs with a catch... It's all in the attached photos.   MORE 
Bald Eagle #1   
Description:Bald Eagle on the cliffs just south of Simpson's cove. The Shore Acres Observation Post (or Room or whatever it's called) is in the background.
Location:Cliffs south of Simpson's Cove
Copyright:Patrick D. Smit
Bald Eagle #2   
Description:Bald Eagle ... with additional zoom/magnification ... on the cliffs just south of Simpson's cove. The Shore Acres Observation Post (or Room or whatever it's called) is in the background.
Location:Cliffs south of Simpson's Cove
Copyright:Patrick D. Smit
Bald Eagle #2   
Description:Bald Eagle with catch on the cliffs just south of Simpson's cove.
Location:Cliffs south of Simpson's Cove
Copyright:Patrick D. Smit
Aug 16, 2010 7:15 AM
A refreshingly cool August morning on the coast as temperatures are extremely hot inland (near 100 degree high's from Portland to Medford). Observed fog bank rolling in from half a mile out along with related drizzle. A large number of harbor seals resting on rock formation off shore. One man fishing on rocks below. Seagulls and a few noisy birds (with white breasts) just off shore near Shore Acres observatory building looking for sea life. The trail has been modified and re-routed back from bluff due to erosion in cove area north of old tennis court. At this location a new access trail was also cut in from the east.   MORE 
Mar 15, 2010 12:00 AM
Large rollers combined with a six foot high tide sent seas crashing into the rocky coastline this afternoon. The show spurred four photographers to capture the scenes. All the rocky inlets had large amonts of sea foam. Some rocky parts had creamy looking foam that dried about ten feet above sea level (see picture). Part of the trail north of the old tennis courts was marked off due to erosion adjacent to it.   MORE 
Shore Acres spray   
Description:Large breakers hitting the coastline from low pressure storm system at sea.
Location:Shore Acres, looking south at mid point mile 119
Shore Acres milky foam   
Description:Large seas stir up foam along coastline.
Location:Shore Acres southern portion of mile 119
Trail marked off   
Description:Small portion of trail about 1/4 mile north of old Shore Acres tennis courts marked off due to erosion.
Oct 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Observed eight people. Six walking on trails and two at Simpson overlook. Noticed small black objects bobbing in the water at north part of mile. Couldn't figure out if they were small seal heads or kelp parts. Forgot binoculars. Took photos and examined them. They turned out to be kelp, but one almost passes as a seal face (see photo). Saw one sea lion swimming southbound thru the rock channel at north part of mile 119. Observed two porpoises briefly surface at mid point of mile about 30 yards off shore.   MORE 
Simpson's cove_late in day   
Description:View looking Northwestward out of Simpson's cove on mile 119 of the Oregon coast.
Shores acres coastline   
Description:View looking northward with Shore Acres viewing station at middle right.
Location:Mile 119
Not a seal but kelp   
Description:Sometimes kelp bulbs resemble a seal head bobbing in the ocean.
Location:mile 119 north part
May 4, 2009 5:30 PM
Intense spring gale with heavy rain on this day. I did not observe any wildlife in the water. A collection of Pelagic Cormorants were taking refuge from the weather on the lee side of shoreline cliffs. Sea foam pile up at a few different locations. Wood and ocean-based debris in driftline. Moderate human impact (12)-9 walking and 3 sitting.   MORE 
Trail in rain   
Foam pile   
Birds waiting out storm   
Shore Acres May gale   
Jan 13, 2009 3:00 PM
Observed 16 people. No dogs. 3 harbor seals sunning on rocks at N. part of mile 119. Only saw seagulls. Ground is saturated with water. High storm tide and streams signs at Simpson beach all the way up to small trail bridge where kelp has lodged. Some bank erosion from high water from creek. This probably occurred after the drenching rains of two weeks ago. Saw a few whales spouting way out past Simpson rocks. Coast Guard was searching for a missing man in the water between Sunset Bay and Cape Arago. Search consisted of a CG helicopter, two patrol boats and a contingent of officers on land. Tree over trail at south part of mile 120 (between Shore Acres road NW point). Will send note to park ranger. New concrete pad poured to replace park bench.   MORE 
new bench pad   
Description:Concrete pour for reconstruction of a park bench at this location
Location:south end of mile 119
kelp_Simpson beach   
Description:Kelp up to a very high tide line at Simpson beach.
Location:South pocket of Simson beach.
North from observation station   
Description:A view Northward from in front of the Shore Acres observation station.
Location:25 feet north of observation station at Shore Acres
Aug 24, 2008 8:45 AM
A whale was spouting about 500 feet out from Shore Acres observatory at arrival. Six small fishing boats arrived to fish at southern section of mile. Nice upkeep on shoreline trail at north end of mile where new bark was laid down on main path. Two pelicans seen. Moderate human impact (8)-7 walking and one engaged in photography.   MORE 
Mile 119 north   
Description:NW view of Pacific ocean from mile 119 in Oregon
Location:North part of mile 119
Jun 18, 2008 7:00 AM
Very beautiful summer-like morning. I had never been to the park this early. Did not see much activity in the water (or air, except for 6 crows). Two Black Oystercatchers, three sea gulls and one rabbit were seen. Sea lions began making noise farther south at Shell Island at about 7:45 am. Low human impact (4)- 3 walking and 1 fishing.   MORE 
Shore acres Simpson Cove   
Location:Simpson Cove near Shore Acres botanical garden
May 18, 2008 11:00 AM
More people than normal who somehow got down below the bluff to explore beachside at northern part of this mile (north of Shore Acres lookout). Moderate human impact (23)-19 walking and 4 tidepooling. Three dogs.   MORE 
Florence Elk
Apr 3, 2008 5:00 AM
One of the most beautiful and interesting areas of the Oregon coast. Sea lions and seals close up at the draw bridge in Charleston feeding on scraps from the fishing industry. Then on to Shore Acres and Simpson Reef on Mile 119 for miles of hiking, dramatic cliffs and a beautiful garden. Definitely worth the trip. Take a camera... Moderate human impact (16)- 14 walking and 2 taking photographs. Four dogs.   MORE 
seals and sea lions   
Location:simpson reef
Simpsons reef   
shore acres I   
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shore acres II   
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shore acres III   
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shore acres IV   
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shore acres V   
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shore acres VI   
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shore acres VII   
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shore acres VIII   
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shore acres IX   
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shore acres X   
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Dec 10, 2007 4:00 PM
Did not see any whales, sea lions or seals. Saw the usual amount of Seagulls and a few other unidentified birds. Some evidence of high stream flow in one cove (see picture) and many downed branches on the trail from big storm that blew thru seven days prior. Moderate human impact (18)-11 walking, 4 sitting, 2 taking photographs and 1 picking mushrooms.   MORE 
Stream erosion   
Description:Shows the path of high water stream probably during previous week's storm.
Location:Cove below Shore Acres gardens
Downed branches   
Description:Trail with downed trees and branches in spots.
Location:Between gardens an drop to cove.
Sunset at mile 119   
Description:After a beautiful day the sun departs
Location:Near old Simpson tennis court location
Nov 2, 2007 5:00 PM
Did not see any aquatic creatures -- whales, seals or sea lions, this time around. Healthy seas. It looks like a moderate tide (quarter moon). Only two cars in the vast Shore Acres parking lot. Kelp/algae in driftline. Five sea gulls and one chipmunk. Moderate human impact (9)- 9 walking and 2 sitting. Two dogs.   MORE 
Shore Acres coastline   
Description:Shore Acres coastline, Friday evening, November 2, 2007. Looking South toward Cape Arago (far point).
Location:Taken from point at south end of rock reef
May 23, 2007 3:45 PM
Tranquil day with greater turnout of people than three months previously. Moderate human impact (12)-8 walking and 4 playing in sand. Six harbor seals sunning on the rocks. Blue fish net on rocks.   MORE 
Blue fishing net   
Description:Just north of cove north of the Simpson tennis courts.
Date:May 23, 2007 2:45 PM
Sunning seals   
Date:May 23, 2007 2:45 PM
Feb 3, 2007 7:30 AM
A typical overcast winter morning. Steady SW breeze. Many seagulls patrolling the coastline, a few crows foraging in the trees. Saw a lightly colored seal (Harbor seal) resting on rock reef. A fence piece is missing just south of the Shore Acres viewing station. In the cove below botanical gardens, lots of new kelp washed all the way up to the trail. See pictures. Low human impact (3) walking, one dog.   MORE 
Missing fencepost   
Location:South of shore acres viewing station
Date:Feb 3, 2007 12:00 AM
New kelp up to trail - A   
Description:In cove below botanical gardens
Date:Feb 3, 2007 12:00 AM
Kelp near trail - B   
Description:Below botanical gardens in cove
Date:Feb 3, 2007 12:00 AM
2nd cove north of Shore Acres   
Date:Feb 3, 2007 12:00 AM