Mile 98 Dispatch

May 7, 2009
by beachnut

Bandon State Park, China Creek
Thursday 6:30 AM
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Just a note that the beach access path at China Creek now has an official sign designating that fact. Let's hope that keeps people from heading down the grassy hill and slippery rocks.
Other Mile 98 Reports (27)


November 12, 2018 - [email protected]
It was a quiet sunny morning. Not much garbage to pick, mostly small plastic piece and poop bags. I was amazed how much huge kepl with rocks attached were strewn about. Many mounds of kelp.


April 28, 2017 - [email protected]
Nothing out of ordinary sighted. Picked up 2 bags of garbage consisting of plastic bottles, broken bits of plastics, picnic debris, styrofoam, beer bottles, fishing debris, sandals, dog poop bags and...


April 9, 2016 - Athena96
There is an increase of dog poo in parking area and on beach... suggestion to install bags in the parking lot...


December 15, 2015 - Athena96
Lots of pieces of plastic and fishing material all along beach
September 11, 2015 - Athena96
Daily walks on beach produce grocery size shopping bag full of litter...Increase of dog waste in Devil's picnic parking area... waste bag site...
June 19, 2015 - Athena96
Light use of the beach--four people, three dogs--and yet that was enough to cause disturbance of seabirds by the dogs. Two of the people were engaged in photography. Two dead seal pups had washed...
March 30, 2015 - Athena96
When first on beach no one in sight, then several people and 1 other dog observed


December 13, 2014 - Athena96
Pleasant day on the beach. 6 people, 4 riding horseback. Spotted 40+ snowy plover- feeding at the shoreline
September 2, 2014 - Athena96
Nice day on the beach except for the 25 dead gulls and 10+ dead small birds (wren size). Part of my mile is restricted snowy plover area. Not much happening
April 26, 2014 - azbeach
This item, which appears to be layers of rubberized material, was first "discovered" sometime late March to early April, on the south side of Johnson Creek. It is now (tides/storms) on the north of...


December 31, 2010 - beachnut
China Creek has taken a long northerly jaunt to the sea. Crossing at low tide was treacherous because of quicksand-like conditions in several spots close to the rock base below the parking lot. A...
June 22, 2010 - D Bilderback
We found a Longnose Lancetfish, (Alepisaurus ferox) washed up on the beach near China Creek, Bandon, Oregon (N43.07524 W124.43339 estimated gps using Google Earth). This fish was 150 cm long (4 ft...
  • Note the beautiful silvery color of the skin.  There are no scales on the skin. Also, note the smaller adipose fin that is close to the tail.
  • The dorsal fin is soft and at first was down against the body.  In this photo, Dave has pulled the fin up.  Also, this photo shows clearly the beautiful blue color of the eye and the irridescent nature of the silvery skin.
  • This photo shows the characteristic large teeth about the middle of the jaw of this fish species.
  • Note the raised midline of this fish and the small adipose fin.


December 19, 2009 - beachnut
The wash area at China Creek beach access today had a disintegrating land mammal, a beaver, a munched-upon dead pelican and a probable dead northern fulmar. Lots of marine trash here. Incoming...
  • dead and diminished land mammal with marked teeth. possibly a beaver; the tail appeared to be flat and oval.
November 1, 2009 - azbeach
Brown Pelicans apparently in a stopping off place to feed-up before continuing migration. Huge numbers of birds- 145. Nine Mergansers flying north. A flock of Sanderlings running along surfline....
  • Firepit and trash - bundled papers hidden away for future use (?)
  • see previous photo
  • nearly covered by sand
September 4, 2009 - azbeach
This beautiful early, still evening we walked south to north, encountering no people or cars. Return trip there were 7, respectfully enjoying their stroll. Few sea/shore birds. Did not see any...
  • running north
July 26, 2009 - beachnut
Two Mile Creek is more like Two Mile Lake in a northerly direction, and it has been so for a couple of weeks. The snowy plover eggs hatched in the caged area just south of the parking lot; two of the...
June 25, 2009 - azbeach
Not a "scheduled" visit - decided to walk the mile after observing our BLOY nestlings on LH. China Creek has departed from its previous course, and is heading northerly, paralleling the shoreline...
June 20, 2009 - beachnut
China Creek is acting strangely this year. For most of this week, it split north and south for a considerable distance instead of continuing straight to the ocean as it had done. Today, though, the...
June 8, 2009 - beachnut
A dead seal, showing several bullet-like holes, was on the beach today between the parking lot and the Christian camp trail. No carrion eaters had been at it during my walk. There also was a fresh,...
June 7, 2009 - azbeach
Our main concern for mile 98 is vehicle entry where not permitted. "Cookies" observed, and single-track (motorcycle?) vehicle. Appears entry is from south of China Creek where it is posted no entry...
February 12, 2009 - beachnut
Just an advisory that China Creek no longer meanders north below the parking lot. It parallels the lot and then heads due west to the sea now. The tidal wash area comes up to the rocks below the lot...
January 31, 2009 - D Bilderback
We received a call from CoastWatcher Barbara Harrison concerning a dead shark on Mile 98 just north of China Creek. We went out and identified it as a Salmon Shark. We normally find these young...
  • This photo shows the flared keel on the lower part of the tail that is one of the keys to identifying this species.
  • Male sharks have these split fins, called claspers.  Females do not have the split fins.


December 29, 2008 - beachnut
Numerous pelicans were flying over the land near the beaches in this area, south past the Christian Camp trailhead. They were high and coasting.Otherwise, there was considerable wave overtopping from...
November 14, 2008 - Doug C
Beautiful, sunny, light wind day. A few gulls passed through. Several flocks of Dunlin and Sanderlings moved with the surf. Least Sandpipers (brown backs, greenish-yellow legs) were in smaller...
  • China Creek empties into the ocean at the China Creek parking area on the south end of Beach Loop Drive.
  • Driftwood shelter (about 8x16 feet) with evidence of fire at the rear (right).  Other smaller logs in the area also showed evidence of fire.
  • Several piles of Bull Kelp littered most of the mile.  Piles were up to 2.5 feet high
  • Likely a sea lion, back skin down, ribs exposed upward.  Remains about 4-5 feet long. Longest remaining rib bone was about 15-18 inches long.  Large backbones were scattered in vicinity.
  • One of 5 backbones in the vicinity of the carcass.  Largest was about 9 inches acress.
  • Representative dune erosion on southern half of mile.  Dune is about 6-8 feet high.


December 31, 2007 - Midasoev
We walked Mile 98 on Dec. 31, 2007 from 3:30pmuntil 5pm. Began walking North. Kelp, small rocks, land-based and ocean-based debris, styrofoam and plastic pellets in driftline. Erosion of the...
February 24, 2007 - shepherd
Shells, animal casings, ekop, wood pieces, land- and ocean-based debris and styrofoam in the driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to humans. Jellies on the beach. Low human impact (0).
January 23, 2007 - shepherd
European beach grass, shells, animal casings, kelp, styrofoam, skate egg case, in driftline. One dead Western Gull. Erosion of vegetated foredune. Foredune removal for Snowy Plover habitat...