Mile 99 Report

March 21, 2019
by tbowspencer

Bandon State Park, Devils Kitchen, Haystack Rock
Thursday 8:30 AM
48° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
3 Children playing in Johnson Creek
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Adult California Sea Lion was laying on the beach at last high tide line. It was alive, and raised its head in response to noise (e.g. dog barking). Report with photos sent to Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding, with return response from Jim Rice.Followup: CSL remained on the beach at least until dark, when warning signs were posted, but was no longer on the beach the next morning.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Lots of small plastic pieces in the wrack line.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Erosion was evident along the bluff, primarily involving vegetated (sea grass) foredunes The footprints of the creeks at both ends of Mile 99 (Johnson Creek on the north and Crooked Creek on the south) were broadened significantly since the last survey, with banks as high as 5 feet in height.

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 significantly wider and deeper paths to the ocean. One California Sea Lion was observed alive at the last high tide line, and was reported to Oregon Marine Mammal authorities. Local environmental scientists reported that the beach showed evidence of mole crab breeding activity from the previous night of a full moon. There were fewer people and dogs on the beach than during a summer day of similar conditions (sunny, light winds).

  • Johnson Creek with widened footprint
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  • Johnson Creek has carved a deeper path to the ocean
    March 21, 2019
  • Johnson Creek is shallow at the ocean.
    March 21, 2019
  • Minimal loss of solid bluff
    March 21, 2019
  • Crooked Creek has widened and carved a deeper path over winter.
    March 21, 2019
  • Crooked Creek banks are up to 3 feet in height.
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  • Crooked Creek is shallow at the ocean
    March 21, 2019
  • California Sea Lion laying at the high tide line.
    GPS in photo details
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Other Mile 99 Reports (26)


September 9, 2022 - tbowspencer
A quiet morning after the summer season. The dunes are lower than during the summer. Both Johnson and Crooked Creeks are running very low with a depth of less than one inch at the tideline. 
April 7, 2022 - tbowspencer
Mile 99 is now mostly flat, without the sand dunes seen on the last survey. Johnson Creek on the north end and Crooked Creek on the south end are both running at only ankle height max depth. A few of...


November 22, 2021 - tbowspencer
Although there has been over 9 inches of rain since October 1, both creeks (Johnson and Crooked) on mile 99 are at lower than expected levels of max depth of approx 5 inches at usual crossing spots....
August 23, 2021 - tbowspencer
Late August  along Mile 99 shows noticably lower sand dunes than in previous years. Both Johnson and Crooked Creeks are at very low levels less than 2 inches deep as they enter the ocean. There is...
  • Johnson Creek is at a low level.
  • Johnson Creek mouth
  • Johnson Creek east bank
  • Johnson Creek east bank exposed gorse roots
  • Johnson Creek east bank exposed gorse roots
  • Sand Dunes are lower than usual for August
  • There are low dunes all along mile 99 right now
  • Crooked Creek is at a low level
  • Crooked Creek mouth
  • Crooked Creek lagoon is very small
February 2, 2021 - tbowspencer
Mile 99 shows effects of the winter storms, with expansion of the creeks (Johnson on the south, and Crooked Creek to the north) and erosion of the foredunes. There is a lot of marine debris along the...


July 8, 2020 - tbowspencer
The summer has brought more sand in, and dunes developed. Both creeks are low with maximum depths below the knee. No evidence of advanced bluff erosion since the last survey. Suprisingly, there was...
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...
January 31, 2019 - tbowspencer
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...


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...