Mile 90 Report

June 2, 2008
by [email protected]

West of New River, New Lake
Monday 10:32 AM
58° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
One set of tracks (barefoot) coming from S. toward Floras Lake continued N of HRA toward Bandon. Staying on wet sand. Large Dog track nearby, but unable to say for sure whether dog was with walker/runner. Dogs (even leashed) are not allowed on beaches adjacent to Plover nesting areas. The walker/runner and dog did not enter closed areas that we could see.
Notable Wildlife:
Bald eagle on lagoon .5 mile S of Coos/Curry line. Caspian Terns and Pelicans moving N. Many exclosures for Snowy Plovers in old breach lagoons. Please avoid these old breach lagoons until nesting season is over.
Dead Birds:
dead harbor seal pup near N end of mile 90 Just S of Plover HRA.
Fish & Invertebrates:
shrimp (unknown species) see picture.
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·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·Wood pieces
Lots of shrimp
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Old breach .5 mile south of coos/curry line appears solidly sanded in. Lots of seaweed and ocean source debris in high detritus line along river. New BLM Plover Compliance person Tim Leonard, accompanied me on this trip for training purposes. Summer sand build up cycle appears to be going nicely.
Kayaked in from New River to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Area (HRA). Nice day, little or no wind. Removed beach campsite kiosk box that had been vandalized during the summer and transported it back to Storm Ranch. It will be repaired and returned in coming weeks. Most significant thing I saw was 2005/2006/2007 breach site now firmly sanded shut. Summer sand build-up cycle occurring. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, plastic, land- and ocean-based debris and a lot of shrimp 1 to 1.25 inch in wrackline (10-20 per yard). One dead harbor seal pup. Bald Eagle on lagoon. Caspian Terns and Pelicans flying north. Many Snowy Plover exclosures. Low human impact (0). One set of foot prints and dog tracks on beach next to Snowy Plover nesting area.Please welcome Tim Leonard who will be watching over New River and the Western Snowy Plover this summer.
  • .5 mile S. of Coos Curry Cty line.
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  • Middle of Mile 90 opposite beach campsite
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  • Middle of mile 90 opposite beach campsite
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  • all along mile 90
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  • just S. of beach campsite
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  • S end of mile 90.
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Other Mile 90 Reports (7)


January 17, 2009 - [email protected]
Paddled back S from mile 89 and entered beach at S end of New River Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area. Walked N and S from this point. Inspected beach campsite for human impact. Saw Tundra Swans...
  • This was part of a group of 36 flying S over the beach.
  • Just a profile looking N from post for beach campsite.
  • Same spot looking S toward Blacklock Pt.
  • This is just a sample of the debris. There was very little algae or organic material in tidal debris. White foam at surf line.
  • This bunch was working the bank where the river had recently receded. They took off and flew right back to where they were feeding. It must have been good - because they paid little attention to my presence.
  • I drifted into this huge group of coots on my way out of mile 90. I snapped a few photos as they ran across the water in front of me.


September 21, 2008 - [email protected]
I kayaked from Storm Ranch boat ramp site to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Site. Camped the night with my wife and night paddled the river. Really nice - mirror surface of river -...
  • This guy "I think" hauled out and spent the night on the beach within 80 yds of our campsite. I took photos at sunset from cover in foredune. External ear flaps, golden fur, whiskers, no obvious scars or marks.
  • Here is close up of foam layer in wrack. Lot's of diatoms.
  • 2 hawks working the river over the 4 miles we traveled.
March 12, 2008 - [email protected]
Kayaked from Storm Ranch to site of old 2002 breach and walked N and S from this point. Saw Red Fox and Raccoon tracks. Large tree trunks and logs deposited during winter overwash events in old...
  • Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) They are larger than you might expect, but very different from dog or coyote tracks. Notice wide space between front toe pads and heel pad and longer shape of toes and narrow chevron shape of heel pad. Far left track is classic.


December 20, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked across New River at N end of mile 92 and walked S. to point .5 mile S. of Coos/Curry Cty line. No sign of human activity. Normal winter shoreline erosion with tide eroding at base of...
  • New River breaching to ocean .5 mile S. Coos/Curry Line. 70 feet across at mouth.
  • This guy swooped low down the mouth of the river while I was eating lunch. Photo was from 3 feet away.
  • This is beach to foredune profile from near middle of mile 90 looking N.
  • This is the profile looking S near middle of mile 90
  • This is example of very white and thick frothy foam on beach. I guess this may be typical when storms are coming in.
  • This was the only carcass found on beach.  No bands
August 12, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked south on New River from mile 92 to mile 89. Beautiful clear calm day. River looks like glass. Crossed to beach on mile 90 at end boundary of Snowy Plover habitat restoration area and walked N...
  • This is looking S toward Floras Lake and Blacklock Point from high foredune onto breach of New River which has sanded shut.
  • I was sitting in my kayak behind a big stump in the water while hundreds of geese came and went from this area. Nice and open - so they feel pretty secure.
  • The beach had almost no debris. Strangely clean.
June 17, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked across New River and walked S. 4 miles from North end of New River Habitat Restoration Area (mile 92)to active breach of New River just S. of Coos/Curry Cty line (mile 89?). Wrack was light...
  • This the full view from New River out to the Ocean looking South.
  • This is fuzzy photo of mature bald eagle near breach. Notice the white head and rump.
  • This is typical view on this day. There had been a pretty high tide and everything was wiped clean.
  • Alaria is a large algae that has a prominent mid-rib.
  • This is breach at low tide. This is as good as it will get to cross right now. Not recommended as the swift water although knee deep will undercut you. Walking stick recommended if you attempt it.
March 21, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked into S. side of lagoon created by previous mechanical breaching of New River at S end of Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area and walked south to 2005 mechanical breach which reopened...
  • +6 tide at southern seasonal breach of New River. Ocean is pushing sand into mouth of breach forcing breach south along the beach. Natural process of sanding the mouth shut usually occurs when winds are steady out of the NNW for a few weeks.
  • South end of 3 mile Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area approximately 1/2 mile N of Coos/Curry Line. Be careful, nesting is common on these scoured beaches left behind by previous breaching events.
  • Good example of the composition of the beach debris on this day.
  • This is a blowup of the head of the marine mammal I sited swimming out of the river. Looks grey, so I'm calling it a Harbor Seal.
  • Flustrellidra coniculata, a Bryozoan.  This looks like an algae (plant) but is really a colony of animals and each animal is called a zooid.