Mile 103 Report

September 16, 2006
by L Maine

Bullards Beach just north of the Lighthouse
Saturday 12:00 AM
Moderate from the SW
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
sitting in chairs on the beach near cars and pickups
People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
lots of dogs running loose
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Access road to whiskey Run has been improved enough that now street vehicles (not 4 wheel drives) can drive the beach
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Murre 1
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
crab pot bouys and rope
New Development:
lots of smaller dunes on ocean side of sea wall
Natural Changes:
lots of small dunes due to hard winds
Picked up bouys and rope - Today is beach cleanup day and I did not see even one person cleaning the beach. I walked from Lighthouse to Bullards rest room area and didn't see any beach cleanup. I drove from whiskey Run entrance to check including my #305 mile and everything was very quiet except for numerous pickups driving whiskey Run to Cut Creek.
Kelp and crab castings in driftline. Foraging shorebirds in driftline. One dead Common Murre. Removed crab pot buoys and rope in driftline. Many transverse dunes on beach. Fresh water creeks flowing because of golf-course watering. Heavy human use (33+)- 13 walking, 20+ in vehicles, many dogs not on leash, 7 vehicles within allowed area.
Other Mile 103 Reports (42)


September 24, 2022 - beachnut
Rock beds are the main attraction here, as 4 seekers with a dog at 6:30 a.m. could attest. But the beds were not as thick as in years past. It was a calm low-tide morning. Gulls were the only other...
March 18, 2022 - beachnut
Two rock hunters, no wildlife, no litter were on this beach north of the Coquille River Lighthouse on an overcast chilly morning. Shell fragments, wood pieces, small rocks and kelp marked the high-...


September 25, 2021 - beachnut
Rock hunters delight in this otherwise boring stretch of beach; 3 were mining away in a big bed of small stones despite heavy fog and their 4 at-large dogs. One guy was just walking. A large flock of...


September 12, 2018 - beachnut
I was not the only person walking this beach in the predawn dark on a calm day that became overcast. Some guy with a flashlight preceeded me in his quest for rocks. Another rock hound appeared later...


October 18, 2016 - bandonandy
We noticed these little birds in the driftwood.  They blended in so well we almost missed them. I didn't count them but there were a lot.In the first picture, you can see the Coquille River...
September 26, 2016 - beachnut
Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was...
September 9, 2016 - beachnut
Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was...
June 5, 2016 - beachnut
Sunday began with a 59-degree but very foggy walk at 5:30 a.m. with a -2.0 tide. It was hard to tell whether any live wildlife was out, but a mangled bird carcass and a headless but smelly adult...
February 9, 2016 - beachnut
No one was out on this mile, not surprising in view of the 10-foot dune drop-offs along this mile. Scattered litter of plastics and Styrofoam. A few gulls, lots of logs, scattered rocks and shell...
  • Some of the beachfront trees lose their grip as waves erode their usual high perch at Bullard's Beach State Park just south of the blockhouse bathrooms on Mile 103.
  • It's nigh onto impossible to safely reach the beach along the whole of Mile 103. The dropoff is about 10 feet. For scale, the wee dog is about a foot tall...


August 26, 2015 - beachnut
To quote the Eagles: Nobody on the beach. Nobody in the parking areas either. And almost no critters on the beach except for gulls and the little "sand hoppers". Shell fragments, gravel, kelp and...
July 12, 2015 - beachnut
The dogs and I had the beach to ourselves on a mild, windless but cloudy morning around 5:45 a.m., shortly after low tide. No birds were in sight, though a dead, brain-pecked Common murre was seen....
June 14, 2015 - beachnut
Days of screaming north winds have drifted and blown sand, covering much of the high-tide line. So no visible litter and only traces of shell fragments and small rocks resulted. A sizeable gravel bed...
May 17, 2015 - beachnut
Calm seas and air and a minus 1.4-foot tide made for a lovely outing at 6 a.m. You could mistake the white drifts in the high-tide line for snow--but the stink of bleaching Velella velella quickly...
April 19, 2015 - beachnut
A lovely sunny morning with low wind and a minus 1.3-foot tide. Two dog walkers; 3 vehicles on the access road pullouts. Sanderlings were gobbling Velella velella laying in drifts along the high line...
March 8, 2015 - beachnut
A dog walker and a rock hunter were on the beach this daylight-saving Sunday around 8 a.m. close to high tide of 1.2 feet on a clear, 45-degree morning with slight wind from the north. And that was...
January 21, 2015 - beachnut
Storms and King Tides have left their mark on this mile, eating away at both sand and beach vegetation. Logs are also much more numerous than usual, though not as concentrated as in the half mile to...


December 8, 2014 - beachnut
No real changes on this deserted stretch of beach. Some new logs and hard plastic litter pieces, scattered small stones, shell fragments. Gulls flew offshore; one dead seabird, possibly a grebe. The...
November 7, 2014 - beachnut
A few seagulls and a guy with 2 unleashed dogs were the only critters out on this lovely but chilly morning after 7. Small stones and scattered tree parts, bull kelp plus a few shell fragments...
  • Storm tides earlier this month have eaten away the summer sand accumulations on this part of Mile 103.
September 23, 2014 - beachnut
Walking at low tide of 0.9 feet at 7 a.m. brought little company, apart from assorted gulls and sanderling-size birds in the wet sand. Jellies of clear and gold ran the extent of the mile, ranging in...
August 22, 2014 - beachnut
A deserted beach on a calm, mild morning is hard to beat. Gulls, cormorants, whimbrels and sanderling-size flocks were out about their business of food gathering. Only litter to be found was small...
July 29, 2014 - beachnut
No one appeared on this mile at 6 on a foggy, windy and cool morning. A few gulls, several cormorants flying close to the outgoing tide and a few whimbrels were observed. Small rocks, molts, shell...
June 11, 2014 - beachnut
Once again the dogs and I were the only visitors to this stretch of beach a half mile north of the Coquille River and its lighthouse. Wildlife was not abundant: a few gulls at water's edge, seabirds...
May 20, 2014 - beachnut
Apart from assorted birds--whimbrels, gulls. crows and sanderlings--and sea-borne litter, there was nothing to report about this mile north of the Coquille River. Styrofoam litter took several forms...
April 29, 2014 - beachnut
Around 6:30 on a 40-degree, calm morning with a minus tide, nothing much was happening. No birds, no bodies and only a rock hunter and some sand hoppers to report. Sticks, small rocks and plastic...
  • This is Mile 103 looking south. It's a flat, not very interesting stretch of beach. However, it does have rock beds from time to time.
March 2, 2014 - beachnut
Rain blowing in from the south at moderate strength made this beach walk an endurance test on a Sunday morning registering a mild 50. Not even the usual rock hounds were out, just me and the wee dogs...
January 19, 2014 - beachnut
Just the dogs and a few gulls were the only signs of life around 7:30 a.m. on a chilly morning at low tide. In short, perfect. Bull kelp tangles were concentrated about midway on this mile, though...


December 25, 2013 - beachnut
Northbound on a chilly but clear Christmas morning was glorious: a line of pink extended the length of the horizon above the sea before sunrise and was reflected on the wet sand. A flock of...
November 22, 2013 - beachnut
The morning walk was clear but cold. No one else was out, despite rock beds scattered along the whole mile. No litter, no bodies. About 20 pelicans were winging low over the breakers, heading south....
October 20, 2013 - beachnut
T'was a foggy, north-windy morning when I came upon what probably is the body of a sea lion on the northern part of this mile. The ocean side of it was unmarked but the other side had been gouged...
October 6, 2013 - beachnut
It was a lovely, windless and sunny morning, ideal for a beach walk. Three other people, one with a dog, apparently agreed. Some bull kelp, scattered logs, crab molt, small stones marked the tideline...
September 6, 2013 - beachnut
There's not much to report about this mile that differs from the northern part of 102, apart from lacking the heron and the addition of a dozen or so pelicans out fishing. One person rock hunting...
August 4, 2013 - beachnut
No vehicles but two other walkers around 6 on a chilly, foggy, windy Sunday morning: one approached from the north, the other with an unleashed dog from the south. Sea grass and kelp, some wood,...
July 7, 2013 - beachnut
This mile was empty except for cormorants, crows and gulls. I guess that the campers were sleeping in this chilly early morning. Molt, kelp piles, small stones lay in the driftline. No litter. No...
June 8, 2013 - beachnut
There isn't much to report on this stretch of beach, unlike the last person who walked it and collected scads of plastic bottles. Blowing sand may be obscuring some litter in the storm line but not...
May 23, 2013 - amyfra
I walked mile 103 as a guest observer this morning. It was calm, overcast with light rain. I collected 27 plastic bottles, a very high concentration of them in the high tide driftline. Other debris...
May 5, 2013 - beachnut
A perfect morning for our coastline: sunny at 6 a.m., little wind, a balmy 65 degrees. No one else was on this stretch, though I could see a couple of surf fishermen further north. Wildlife was...
April 27, 2013 - beachnut
At 6 a.m. on a chilly, cloudy morning, we were not alone. A rock hunter with an unleashed dog was there, and later four others each with dogs materialized. Beach was mostly clean of litter. A...


November 6, 2010 - beachnut
Stormy seas over the last few days have brought in enough logs at the upper Coquille River Lighthouse parking lot to make it difficult to walk there or even get down to the beach. This is an annual...


December 6, 2008 - nickhovsepian
One dead seagull, several jellyfish, several large drifts of kelp from storm surges. No noticeable erosion since last report. Litter minimal. Shells, kelp/algae and small rocks in driftline....
September 30, 2008 - nickhovsepian
The only change from the last quarterly report is an increase in the sand build up over the summer. Also, the SOLV beach clean up was very helpful in collecting accumulated litter. Shells, animal...
September 20, 2008 - Doug C
This report was generated as part of the SOLV Beach Clean-up. About 8 pounds of debris, largely styrofoam and plastic, were removed from this mile. Some plastic and glass bottles were found. The...
  • Plant on the fore-dune.  Found only 2 on the mile.
  • Immature Western Gull. Down chest feathers were all over the beach which is a sign that it was probably eaten by a raptor.
July 30, 2008 - nickhovsepian
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, land-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Collected one bag of trash, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags and...