Mile 125 Report

June 20, 2011
by rubygoes

North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
Monday 12:00 PM
65° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Apparent Violations:
ATV tracks through Snowy Plover preserve
Activity Comments:
ATV tracks coming off low bluff above roped off, clearly marked Snowy Plover preserve, which runs for 2 miles north of the North Jetty, miles 124 and 125, the miles I cover. I also have news from State Parks that two sets of horse tracks were recently found inside the nesting site. Since the beach is clearly signed for the protection of these birds, both violations are inexcusable. There was no one else on this stretch of beach during my visit.
Notable Wildlife:
1 large bird sitting by water line tookflight at my approach--unidentified2 vultures, taking a rest,8 pelicans, flying high.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
Litter consisted only of two Styrofoam buoys, 1 bleach bottle.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Much evidence of a wild and stormy winter on these two miles. The bluffs here are low and easily overtopped, but somehow hold their own. Odd striations mottled the seafacing wall like prehistoric artwork.
An e-mail regarding the two sets of horse tracks through the Snowy Plover nesting site was sent out by the local contact person for Oregon Equestrian Trails in Coos County. Anyone who witnesses such deliberate harm being done to the preserve is asked to inform the riders that they are violating a state protected area. It is very up-setting that two members of our own community would ever consider such blatant disrespect. The ATV tracks I saw also register a deep disregard for authority, and for a species struggling to survive. I am asking our local newspaper to run an article on this problem.
June 20 was an absolutely beautiful day with a very low tide that made riding there on the hard sand a joy. And I had the beach to myself...not another soul to be seen. ATV tracks in the Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Site. The wreck of the George Olsen, uncovered by winter storms, is now being covered up by sand once again. A few large logs lay up high on the beach. One very large, rusted piece of machinery had washed up, a complete mystery, providing several minutes of speculation. Broken shells, soft black stones, bits of lumber, bright green algae, a few sand dollars and many crabs (whole and dismembered) lay in the wrackline. My lovely miles were as clean as a whistleon this observation day, which thrilled my heart.I usually can't claim that to be the case, since human trash and much fishing gear usually accumulates here. After a few months away from my reports, my beautiful miles were a welcoming sight.
Other Mile 125 Reports (9)


January 17, 2013 - rubygoes
A perfect day at the beach. Miles 125 and 126 were wide and appeared swept clean at low tide. Walking along the bluff, however, there was a great deal of plastic debris, mostly bottles and jugs....


September 9, 2012 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125 were much cleaner than usual. There was an absence of any rope or nets. Orange Styrofoam chunks were plentiful, as were aqua blue Styrofoam pieces, most approx. 1x1' size. Not...


December 17, 2011 - rubygoes
This was an eventful Coast Watch excursion. The1945 wreck of the George Olsen was still visible,due to little storm activity at the time of myvisit on 12/17. Other than two very large treetrunks...
September 19, 2011 - rubygoes
9/19 was spectacularly beautiful, perfect for a Coast Watch report. No other people on the beach. I am puzzled by thousands of tiny jellyfish that ride up onto the beach with every wave. They...


September 26, 2010 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125, those just north of the north jetty on Coos Bay, must certainly retain their title of the filthiest miles in Oregon. Litter pick up here is like trying to drain the ocean with a...
May 6, 2010 - rubygoes
May 6th was as perfect a day as Nature can provide for enjoying our beautiful Oregon Coastline: cobalt blue sea, waves to 3", picture perfect waves crashing into blazingly brilliant white surf, all...
March 7, 2010 - rubygoes
The wreck of the George Olson, that 2008 smash sensation, lay covered up last year, but now it's back. Not too impressive, but there. Its one visible side stands 4' at the bow, 2' at the stern....


December 19, 2009 - rubygoes
12/19 was supposed to be stormy, but instead gave us a warm 56 high temp. and a partially sunnyday. Although the tide was outgoing, the surf wasso high that I did not risk exploring all of 126.My...


March 12, 2008 - flotsam
This mile appears to be unadopted. I submit this report to provide some photos of the wreck of the purported George L. Olson.
  • View of the bow of the George L. Olson wreck
  • Starboard side of the hull