Mile 130 Report

December 18, 2009
by Larry Plews

Horsfall Beach, south end of Or Dunes Nat Rec Area
Friday 4:00 PM
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Last Pelicans seen on/about Christmas day. Seems very late to go south.
Dead Birds:
Gulls and Terns?
Dead on mile 128
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 small fish and several dead Dungeness female crab.
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
Crabbing rope, floats, Purex bottles,
New Development:
Natural Changes:
My first sighting of the shipwreck of the Helen E, probably on mile 128 or 127. This was a WW II submarine chaser, that was converted to a fishing boat (I think), that was grounded and burned in 1951. These ships were referred to as the "splinter fleet" as they were constructed of wood. The wreck is in resonable shape. Also observed a dead Humboldt Squid,a dead sea lion, a dead seal and several (6)dead birds, gulls and terns. Took one live gull to Free Flight in Bandon. Problem appears to be algae, that causes the freathers to lose their water shedding ability. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, plastic (Purex bottles) land- and ocean-based debris(Rope and floats) and Styrofoam in the driftline. Last pelicans seen on/about Christmas day. Seems very late to go south. One dead small fish and several dead dungeness female crab. Low human impact (2)-walking with 2 dogs. I go out several times a week, so this report is over several days and miles. In general this beach is in its normal winter state, always some interesting "finds" after each storm.
  • Wreck of Helen E a WII subchaser grounded and burned in 1951
    Wreck of Helen E a WII subchaser grounded and burned in 1951
    December 18, 2009
  • Dead Squid
    Dead Squid
    December 18, 2009
Other Mile 130 Reports (16)


June 17, 2021 - [email protected]
The sunken Sujameco is exposed.
  • Sunken ship Sujameco


July 30, 2018 - [email protected]
Immature (chick) Common Murre
  • Immature (chick)  Common Murre


December 12, 2016 - [email protected]
Down to the beach for King Tide event.
  • Horsfall 2
  • Horsfall 3
  • Horfall 4
  • Horsfall 5


December 14, 2009 - sandyrandy94
Very quiet day on mile 130 with few birds (gulls) and no people. New sand deposits left beach smooth and clean from waterline to vegetation line. Very last one hundred yards of mile 130 still...
September 20, 2009 - sandyrandy94
Clear and windy day. Large amount of shell casings on north end of 130 while middle part was fairly clean. Significant log debris and sharp cut in beach by ocean sand removal on last third of mile....
June 23, 2009 - sandyrandy94
Beach was fairly clean with new sand covering logs near vegetation line. Shell/animal casings not in a heavy concentration. Some kelp/algae, styrofoam and ocean-based debris in driftline. One dead...
May 7, 2009 - sandyrandy94
March 22, 2009 - sandyrandy94
Heavy ocean action has brought a lot of wood debris to the beach along the mile. Some spots have more wood than others. Animal casings, kelp/algae and wood pieces in the driftline. Sharp drop-off of...


December 14, 2008 - sandyrandy94
A lot of sand removed from beach and steep bluff at vegetation line. Old ship on mile 129 uncovered again. Wood pieces in driftline, and stumps and logs on beach. Low human impact (3)-walking with...
September 16, 2008 - sandyrandy94
Mile 130 looked very clean with new sand. North end down to last third was quite clean. Some log debris near vegetation line. Last third was much more filled with logs and shell casings. One small...
July 2, 2008 - sandyrandy94
New sand being deposited on parts of the beach, and other parts seemed to have lost sand. Beach was clean on the first third of walk coming from North. Southern part had more log debris and toward...
March 20, 2008 - sandyrandy94
Shells and animal casings in driftline. Gulls on beach. Beach looked clean, with log debris on southern portion. Sharp breaks between water line and vegetation line has been filled in and storm...


December 16, 2007 - sandyrandy94
Animal casings and wood pieces in driftline. Sanderlings on the beach. Erosion of the foredune. Low human impact (5)- 5 walking, 3 dogs.
August 14, 2007 - sandyrandy94
Kelp/algae, shells and animal casings in driftline. One dead bird. Wave action created sharp bench about 300 feet from the vegetation line. Shipwreck that was exposed last winter is covered over by...
April 21, 2007 - sandyrandy94
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pices, log debris and styrofoam in driftline. Beach fillin in with sand. Ship wreck mostly covered with sand. Low human impact (5)-riding ATV's in allowed...
February 21, 2007 - sandyrandy94
Since this mile is close to Horsfall parking, there is a lot of fishing and related activity. On better days there are more vehicles on the beach. Most of the litter seems to be from the ocean side...