Mile 118 Report

August 22, 2022
by GasiorowskiM

Location:
Coos
Cape Arago, Simpson Reef, Shell Island, Sea Lion Viewpoint
Conditions:
Monday 2:00 PM
Cloudy
70° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
45
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
20
Playing in surf:
10
Playing in sand:
10
Sitting:
20
Many people were hiking the many trails in Shore Acres State Park. Approximately 20 people were picnicking and sunning themselves at Simpson Beach. There was a steady stream of visitors to Simpson Reef Overlook.
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Shore Acres State Park is very clean. All visitors seemed well-behaved.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
25
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
The biggest attraction here is the large number of marine mammals visible from the Simpson Reef Overlook. Many hundreds of California and stellar sea lions, harbor seals, and elephant seals were lounging on the rocky islands offshore or swimming nearby. The California sea lions were making a big racket, audible over a mile away at the main parking area and largely drowning out the calls of the stellars and seals. There are also many cormorants and gulls here. Growing afternoon fog at the Overlook made it difficult to identify specific mammals and make accurate counts. There were two 30-40' boats and two smaller boats near the rookery, possibly with scientists doing research.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Except at Simpson Beach, the shore here is rocky and inaccessible, though some parts can be observed from the hiking trails along the cliffs. The shoreline seemed very clean of human debris, with only driftwood, seaweed, and a few shell bits (at Simpson Beach) visible.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

Shore Acres State Park is a lovely place, with beautiful vistas and hiking trails, hundreds of marine mammals visible at Simpson Reef Overlook, and a wonderful botanical garden.  Afternoon fog often reduces visibility at the Overlook.  It is a popular destination, with many visitors especially at the Overlook and Simpson Beach.

  • Simpson Beach.
    Shore Acres State Park.
    August 22, 2022
  • Ocean view from cliffside trail, with Simpson Reef in distance.
    Shore Acres State Park.
    August 22, 2022
  • Simpson Reef, with fog rolling in.
    Shore Acres State Park, southern end.
    August 22, 2022
Other Mile 118 Reports (19)

2016

July 14, 2016 - D Bone
Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef. Another 8 were hiking the trail. Shell Island and Simpson Reef had molting Northern elephant seals, good numbers of Stellar sea lions and...

2015

July 31, 2015 - D Bone
Wildlife was a major feature of this trip, as usual. California sea lions are returning in numbers from their annual trip to their breeding grounds on the Channel Islands of Southern California. In...

2012

July 29, 2012 - D Bone
I saw a total of 5 people. Two were hiking with 3 dogs. The other two were watching wildlife. In addition there were 10 sport fishing boats.According to Shoreline Education for Awareness wildlife...
June 10, 2012 - D Bone
Human Activities; 2 people walking their dogs and picking up trash, 2 people fishing, and 2 people watching wildlife. Shoreline: What little of this mile that is accessable beach is closed until the...

2011

June 2, 2011 - D Bone
The little available beach on this mile is still closed for Harbor Seal birthing. I have seen 2 born this last week. A total of 15 female and juvenile Northern Elephant Seals are on the Shell...
March 25, 2011 - D Bone
Not much happening. Some erosion at the south end of the mile where there usually is during the winter. Few sea lions of any type. A lot of Harbor Seals including the first pups of the year(The...

2010

December 31, 2010 - Pat&RobertaSmit
A lady sketching seals and sea lions from the Simpson's Reef Viewing Area pointed out an Elephant Seal with two pups. I did not realize it was pupping season for Elephant Seals. As we watched through...
September 28, 2010 - D Bone
About 2,000 marine mammals were on Shell Island. Over half were Steller sea lions,a few Harbor seals,and the rest were California sea lions. Saw 4 Black Oystercatchers,8 Harliquin Ducks(7 males,1...
June 26, 2010 - D Bone
Area is as expected this time of year. Migration of Ca Sea Lions doesn't seem to be in full swing because of the numbers that are still here. Stellar Sea Lions have moved into the area. Many...

2009

June 9, 2009 - D Bone
What little accessable beach on this mile is closed at this time of the year for protection of harbor seals that might be giving birth.All 4 usual species of marine mammals were present. I would have...
March 26, 2009 - D Bone
There was the usual wet &/or muddy sections on the trail, streams and waterfalls, and erosion in the areas where I would expect to see them at this time of the year.There was new vandalism in the...

2008

December 30, 2008 - D Bone
A total of 25 people were observed.17 were at the Simpson Reef Overlook watching the marine mammals below and looking for whales. Two of the 7 hikers had 2 dogs on leashes. One of the hikers was...
August 21, 2008 - D Bone
Wildlife again dominates the scene. Male California Sea Lions are returning from the breeding grounds.The last molting male Northern Elephant Seal is on the beach of Shell Island.I did see a...
March 30, 2008 - D Bone
Variety of wildlife species was abundant although numbers of some were not great (California and Steller Sea Lions). Cycles of the season were in effect with the Gray Whale migration (100 observed...

2007

December 9, 2007 - D Bone
About a week before this observation, there had been sizeable storms in the area. This was evidenced by downed branches and trees as well as slides along the bluff(none were too serious). There was...
September 22, 2007 - D Bone
The mile had a good summer. Tree cone production was plentiful, and parts of the trail had good moisture content. The kelp forests were thick. This summer there were usually 4-6 summer Gray Whales in...
March 29, 2007 - D Bone
There were more land slides and larger ones than the last several years. Wildlife was as expected for this time of year. 7 Elephant Seals, many pregnant harbor seals, less than 1000 California Sea...

2006

December 20, 2006 - D Bone
A 3ft. Santa Claus in driftline south of Sea Lion Overlook. 1 decomposed sea lion. Beach and trail free of litter. Benches free of vandalism. Wood chips placed on trail but still has a water”...
July 1, 2006 - D Bone
Two dead California Sea Lions and 1 dead Harbor Seal. Most California Sea Lions left area for breeding season. Large number of Stellar Sea Lions. Bog Lily restoration sites becoming overgrown with...