Mile 99 Report

January 31, 2019
by tbowspencer

Bandon State Park, Devils Kitchen, Haystack Rock
Thursday 12:30 PM
58° F
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Lots of small plastic pieces in all of the wrack lines
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
There has been a significant shifting of sand in the past month. Dunes around beach rock fornations are much smaller or completely gone. High tides and storms have eroded the bluff-side dunes, moving the line farther east. Johnson Creek on the north, and Crooked Creek on the north have significantly widened banks. All expected winter changes.

Mile 99 is showing the usual changes in sand shifts and creek configurations for winter. The major change from a few months ago is the large amount of non-organic debris in the wrack lines and along the bluffs. I picked up approximately 15-20 pounds of plastics, styrofoam and rope ( 3 five gallon bags) along mile 99 over 2 days on Jan 29 and 31.

  • Johnson Creek has significantly wider banks
    February 2, 2019
  • Crooked Creek has a much broader footprint
    February 2, 2019
  • The sand dunes that build up around the beach rock formations have been diminished by winter storms and tides.
    February 2, 2019
  • Mile 99 beach is much more level, with far less sand than last report.
    February 2, 2019
  • There is less sand on Mile 99 beach.
    January 31, 2019
  • There is evidence of water runoff from the bluff below houses causing erosion. The large french drain is now visible.
    January 31, 2019
Other Mile 99 Reports (20)


January 30, 2020 - tbowspencer
Mile 99 is showing the effects of the winter storms, with a lot of plastic debris, and erosion of foredunes and bluffs along the creeks. 


October 31, 2019 - tbowspencer
A beautiful, brisk Fall day on Mile 99, with very few people. There were still sand dunes along the beach from summer winds, and no signs of additional bluff erosion since last report. As has been...
August 11, 2019 - tbowspencer
Summer conditions bring very changed conditions on mile 99 since the last survey. Johnson Creek on the south end and Crooked Creek on the north are following significantly different paths and now...
May 26, 2019 - tbowspencer
This survey was conducted on Sunday of a holiday weekend, which is likely why more people were on mile 99. The expected shorebirds and seabirds were seen on the offshore rocks, including a large...
March 21, 2019 - tbowspencer
Mile 99 seems to have weathered the winter storms with some erosion of the seagrass foredunes, but minimal loss of solid bluff. The creeks bordering the mile to the north and south have carved...


November 25, 2018 - tbowspencer
Mile 99 looks good after the first winter storm of the season. The sand dunes from summer winds are diminished, and the creeks are running higher. Johnson Creek is approximately 8 inchs deep near the...
October 4, 2018 - tbowspencer
Last mile survey before upcoming seasonal storms. The wet sand is quite cluttered with kelp piles and clusters of muscles and barnacles. There was a minimal number of shorebirds and gulls. Johnson...
September 18, 2018 - tbowspencer
A lovely sunny Fall day to walk the beach. I focused on collecting beach debris along north and south banks of Johnson Creek. There was a signficant amount of plastic debris pieces between 1/2 inch...
August 4, 2018 - tbowspencer
Noted a few natural topographic changes to mile 99 since last month, with moving sand dunes and rerouting creeks. Otherwise no concerns with the people, dogs, or wildlife.
July 19, 2018 - tbowspencer
Stellar Sea Lion deceased.
July 1, 2018 - tbowspencer
My first CoastWatch-based walk on mile 99, which is between 2 creeks, and includes numerous large rock formations on the beach and a public picnic area. I collected 2 containers (approx. 2 gallon...


December 18, 2017 - [email protected]
It was a lovely and very quiet day. Few people on beach, surprisingly. Within 5 minutes walk south of entrance onto beach, I had already collected half a bucket full of small plastics and small piece...
  • Small bits of plastic and styrofoam.


October 11, 2014 - Ron Bandon
A crowd of 20 -- a big turnout for this beach in the fall -- attracted by a calm foggy day (about to turn sunny) and a high King Tide that made for dramatic surf-watching. The summer buildup of sand...
  • High tide eroding summer sand buildup.


April 21, 2013 - azbeach
Western Gull hanging -- dangling by leg/foot, apparently having been caught up in fishing line, on Haystack Rock. The aqua/green mass above and south of the WEGU is the line.Reported personally to...
  • Sad sight, WEGU apparently caught up in fishing line, and then hung.


August 16, 2009 - D Bilderback
We were sitting on the warm sand measuring a beached bird for the COASST program with Bill Bridgeland and Robin Rauch when a small tick-like animal came scurrying across the sand toward us. Bill was...
  • This was found on the sand near a rock.


December 30, 2008 - Doug C
Had a break in the storms and caught a great morning. Calm, sunny and in the low 50's. Plant material (wood pieces, small branches), Bull Kelp and seaweed littered the beach due to the storms....
  • Bull Kelp, shown here, and wood pieces and branches littered the beach after major storms.
  • Storm water in the river eroded the foredune and sand bank.  Drop to river was about 4-5 feet.  Dune in the rear of the photo is about 15 feet high.
  • Lepas anatifera on a previously floating plastic bottle.  Also found some on driftwood.


November 6, 2007 - Eric & Sue
Nice calm day with only three people and a dog on the beach. The tide was very low, and I saw very little garbage on the beach. About a half dozen 2"-5" crabs on a rock near Haystack Rock had been...
October 1, 2007 - Eric & Sue
There were at least eight to ten dead gulls. All had been dead for quite awhile and were near the high tide line. About a half dozen people and one dog. Lots of sea palms and some kelp on beach. Also...
August 15, 2007 - D Bilderback
We are filing this report on Mile 99 to document the dead female Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) that we found washing up onshore. This week has been very warm, and the wind as been from the south so...
  • Face view of a female juvenile Salmon Shark.
  • This shows the rows of shark teeth.
  • The eye was pecked out by Western Sea Gulls prior to photographing.
  • This shark appears to have been bitten by another shark, but it is not clear whether it was the cause of death or if this happened after the shark died.  The pelvic fins do not have claspers and so this is a female shark.
May 25, 2007 - Eric & Sue
Crab and Mole crab casings in driftline. Large chunk of styrofoam in surf line and a large fish net next to creek. Watched an Oystercatcher nest on the rock south of Haystack Rock. Large water...