Mile 100

Johnson Creek, Bandon Beach
Coos County

Latitude: 43.099004771288
Longitude: -124.434154339380
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the northerly beach access parking area at Bullards Beach State Park (43° 08.9484', Mile 104), southerly to north of China Creek (43° 04.3938', Mile 98), except as follows: Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of the Coquille River between (43° 07.3566', Mile 102) and (43° 07.3398', Mile 102).
Tides: NOAA Tide Predictions. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.
Johnson Creek, Bandon Beach
Mile 100 Reports (40)

2018

August 14, 2018 - Cynthia and Kevin

Even though foggy, there was only a slight breeze this am. Lot's of folks out walking the beach, possibly because of Circles in the Sand below Face Rock viewpoint. Concentrated on picking up small pieces of plastic close to the dunes. It's rare to find trash on this mile of...read more

April 20, 2018 - Cynthia and Kevin

Picture shows the plastic pieces and other debris from the small area I cleaned up along a small section of the dunes. The driftline along a large portion of the Mile is littered heavily with small plastic pieces.read more

2015

November 24, 2015 - beachnut

Before the hail storm, we encountered a large,dead marine mammal. Head and back flippers gone or buried under the sand. It was at least 6 feet long and showing blood, but I couldn't see the cause. Front flippers were large, so it might be a sea lion. Its coloring was...read more

June 29, 2015 - beachnut

A dead sea lion pup lay in the high line several yards north of the Tishatang beach access. No signs of injury. Flies swarmed around the head. I'm filing a marine stranding report on this find. My photos will have to wait until my batteries recharge.read more

2014

April 2, 2014 - JohnnyCN
It was a quiet day on Mile 100, a bit cool but with very little wind and few people. Nothing unusual except my own presence after an extended illness. I had forgotten how much I love the beach. It was good to be back.read more

2013

May 1, 2013 - JohnnyCN
Wind was the dominating factor in today's CoastWatch walk. Wind blew the sand, and the sand covered everything or swept the beach clean, thus accounting for the fact that I have almost nothing to report on the beach. Wind, I think, also explains the lack of humans, sea animals and...read more
March 26, 2013 - Doug C
Spring break increased visitors. Ten people (families) were observed walking the beach. Fire remains and trash most likely from the night before were found within sight of the Face Rock access steps in violation of Oregon law. We removed and disposed of the debris. Shells, animal casings, Kelp/algae, small rocks,...read more
  • Fire waste and picnic trash from prior night; 5 x 5-foot area of partially burned paper, beer bottles and plastic bags.  Area was within sight of the Face Rock Wayside access steps.

2012

December 13, 2012 - beachnut
King Tides have slammed trees and other debris along this normally woodless beach between Johnson Creek and Face Rock Overlook. What appears to be a segment of a wooden dock, in fact, is jammed up Johnson Creek inland just past where it bends to reach the sea. The small creek...read more
July 19, 2012 - beachnut
An appalling number of dead Common Murre (177) littered the high-tide line on the mile south of Face Rock State Park. All but three were babies showing no sign of injury. In 12 years of daily beach walking, I've never seen a dead baby murre, let alone this number. It...read more
April 21, 2012 - JohnnyCN
On a beautiful, warm, spring day the beach provided rest and recreation for over twenty people and their dogs. The beach itself had been swept nearly clean by high tide earlier in the day. Intermittent driftwood, mostly small, made up the wrackline. There was very little wildlife, even birds, to...read more

2011

June 23, 2011 - JohnnyCN
A brisk wind pushed me down the nearly deserted beach. Only 10 other people on beach; 3 sunbathing, one taking photographs and 6 horseback riding. No dogs or vehicles on the beach. Small shells and shell fragments along with small stones in driftline. No new significant changes in or on the beach.read more
March 22, 2011 - JohnnyCN
Sunny but windy day, and the wind was quite cold. The beach had been swept clean of almost everything: sticks, kelp, etc. There were a few small stones along the high tide line. Only 11 people and 3 dogs present. A very few birds, including gulls; however, there were a...read more

2010

September 30, 2010 - JohnnyCN
On a beautiful sunny day with almost no wind, fifteen people were walking the beach at mile 100. There was little wildlife, except for the occasional gull, until the mouth of the creek at the far south end of the mile where a large number of unidentified gulls had congregated...read more
June 30, 2010 - JohnnyCN
Given that it was summer vacation, there was very little human activity on the beach--25 people,mostly walkers, and only 7 dogs. There were also 4 horseback riders. This absence of activity was echoed in nature itself. The beach had been swept clean of most debris with only bits of seaweed,...read more
May 30, 2010 - Doug C
Calm sunny day. Lots of people (30) walking and playing in the sand out for Memorial Day weekend. One flag football game and one family picnic. Beaches were clean with shells, sand shrimp and some crab molt. Not much in the way of physical changes other than Johnson Creek outlet...read more
  • Uncoiled length of animal was about 10 inches.  Width was 1/4 inch. Polycheate worms are mainly marine.  They are segmented, and each segment has two fleshy flaps tipped with bristles that are used as oars and levers. The anterior proboscis is everted.
March 23, 2010 - JohnnyCN
Despite sunshine, a cold north wind interfered with vacationing families' beach explorations on spring break. Still, there were 45 humans and 11 dogs present or climbing the stairs to leave during the 45 minutes I was there, probably the most I've ever seen here. Little wildlife other than 60 unapproachable...read more

2009

November 30, 2009 - Doug C
We were attracted to the mile because we saw hundreds of birds taking flight at once only to discover when we got to the edge of the overlook that two separate individuals were approaching a still large flock of Brown Pelican and gulls resting on the beach. In all they...read more
November 3, 2009 - JohnnyCN
Despite being a sunny, warm, nearly windless day, the beach at Mile 100 was nearly empty. Only 2 people and 1 dog. High tide a few hours earlier than my visit had swept the beach nearly clean, only a few strands of bull kelp in the wrack line, along with...read more
July 5, 2009 - D Bilderback
We were walking on the beach with Manfred Welsch when we came across a wash up of some very large comb jellies on the beach. These animals superficially look like a jelly (fish) but are members of an entirely different Phylum. Jellies belong to the Phylum Cnidaria along with the...read more
  • The iridescent green color are the bands of cilia along the ctenophore's length. These cilia help it move in the water.
June 26, 2009 - JohnnyCN
On an extraordinarily low-tide day, there were more people (23) than usual on Mile 100, but all seemed well-behaved and to be enjoying themselves despite the cold wind. Most of them were adults walking, with a few children and their parents checking out tide pools. There were also nine horseback...read more
June 9, 2009 - D Bilderback
John Noland reported that there was a Harbor Seal as well as a California Sea Lion near Face Rock Wayside on his Mile 100. As part of our volunteer work for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, we take simple measurements on dead marine mammals and send photos and the report...read more
  • This species is not commonly found on our beaches.  It normally found along the coasts of Southern and Central California and Baja California.  However, since 2006 there have been some reports of juvenile animals coming into the Pacific Northwest.
  • The fur on the front flipper of this species extends almost to the tip of the flipper and is a distinquishing mark of the species.
  • This species has long narrow hind flippers.
  • This Black-footed Albatross wings and foot is an unusual find on our beaches.  Here it is shown with a 60 inch (152 cm) measuring tape to give you an idea of how large the wingspan is on this bird.
  • This carcass was examined and reported to the MMSN. The prominent bump on the head is the "sagittal crest" that is a characteristic of this species.
  • This young Harbor Seal pup has been reported to the MMSN.
  • This pretty plant was blooming along side a small stream close to the foredune.
  • This shows the group of Owl Clover (Castilleja ambigua) blooming.
June 6, 2009 - JohnnyCN
On June 6, a large dead California Sea Lion just a short distance from the stairs at Face Rock dominated the beach; however, a dead baby sea lion was nearby. A Turkey Vulture was feeding on it. Further south down the beach a quarter-mile was another skin which was the...read more
April 25, 2009 - Doug C
High clouds burned off during our walk on this mile. Wind from the northwest was moderate (10 mph or so). Beach was relatively clean of human debris; wrackline was shells and small rocks. We were surprised by 8 brown pelicans flying overhead since it seemed early for them to return...read more
March 27, 2009 - JohnnyCN
On a day of sunshine at the end of spring break, there were 31 people on the beach--a comparatively high number for this area. Most of these people were walking. There was an unusually high amount of plastic bottles and other plastic materials, ranging from pinpoint size to dime size,...read more
January 29, 2009 - JohnnyCN
Very little activity on a warmish, sunny day--Only 3 humans and 2 dogs walking. The driftline was composed of driftwood, kelp piles,and small stones. One dead immature gull. A new small creek was coming out of the hillside and meandering to the ocean. Johnson Creek had moved further south than...read more

2008

October 21, 2008 - JohnnyCN
The hard wind and blowing sand seemed to have swept the beach clean of humans, birds, even high-tide detritus. In 38 years of walking the beach, I have never had so much sand blow into my face and mouth. Only 5 other people besides myself on the beach, only one...read more
September 13, 2008 - JohnnyCN
A cold northwest wind rendered Mile 100 somewhat unpleasant despite sunshine. Most of the nesting birds--cormorants, Common Murres, gulls, Pigeon Guillemots, Brown Pelicans--were absent, probably headed toward wintering areas. Live birds included two Black Oystercatchers, many cormorants on off-shore islands, a large number of gulls at Johnson Creek and Turkey...read more
August 26, 2008 - JohnnyCN
Light use today of a popular beach. Only a total of 9 people, 4 of them on horseback. Three had their dogs with them. Only thing unusual were the large kelp piles. Wrackline contained typical collection of seaweed, broken mussel shells, bits of wood, animal casings and small rocks. One...read more
August 19, 2008 - JohnnyCN
On a morning that went from fog to sunlight to fog, and from very little wind to strong wind, there were 35 people and five dogs on the beach, and 8 horseback riders. The wrackline consisted of seaweed, tiny shells, wood chips, feathers and quarter-sized crabs. At least two hundred...read more
July 17, 2008 - JohnnyCN
On a gray morning of cold northwest wind, the beach attracted 24 walkers and 5 dogs. Two Snowy Plovers, which I had not seen here before, were chased by a dog. An unattended fire had been left burning at the edge of the sand where the dune grass began. Nine...read more
July 4, 2008 - JohnnyCN
On August 4, 08, Mile 100 had a high number of walkers(38)-30 walking, 1 taking photographs, 4 tidepooling and 3 gathering mussels, and dogs(9), but all were well behaved and seemed to be enjoying themselves. The high tide line was almost entirely composed of small pieces of wood and shell...read more
June 12, 2008 - JohnnyCN
Mile 100 was quiet. Only 8 people braved the strong northwest wind to walk the beach which was spotted with small rocks and a few broken shells. One pair of Pigeon Guillemots appeared to be nesting on an off-shore rock, and another 3 pair were either nesting or courting. Two...read more
May 26, 2008 - JohnnyCN
Very little was happening on Mile 100. Small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. There were some walkers (12), one fisherman and one dog--all well behaved. The beach had been swept clean of almost everything. A rather uneventful day.read more
February 14, 2008 - JohnnyCN
Overall, this was a very uneventful day. The beach had been swept by winds and tides which left only small stones and sticks in the driftline. I did find three dead Western Grebes. Few live birds present, only a handful of gulls flew over. Moderate human impact (12)- walking. Two...read more
January 17, 2008 - JohnnyCN
On 1/16/08, a sunny, cold day, Mile 100 was largely empty of visitors and debris. Apparently the beach had been mostly swept clean by high tides and wind. Even birds were scarce. One dead Western Grebe. Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Stream modification. Low human impact (5)-walking. One dog.read more

2007

October 1, 2007 - JohnnyCN
The topography of the beach had changed from its usual flatness to hillocks, or piles of sand, with intervening gullies where the water washed quite far into the beach,leaving empty pools during low and medium tide. Mussel shells, kelp sea palms and wood pieces were scattered along the high tide...read more
September 24, 2007 - JohnnyCN
On a beautiful fall day I walked Mile 100 and saw 13 dead birds: 3 cormorants and 10 gulls. Two of the gulls had attracted turkey vultures. An immature gull appeared sick or injured, allowing me to come within ten feet of it before it tried to escape by walking...read more
July 5, 2007 - JohnnyCN
High wind and blowing sand made walking uncomfortable. Only a few birds present: a few gulls, a couple crows, 4 Black Oystercatchers, 1 flying Bald Eagle. Saw several "baby" gulls on tops of rocks as I walked by. "Babies" were so large that when adults tried to sit on them,...read more
April 7, 2007 - JohnnyCN
On a cold day before Easter, there were not as many people as I had expected at Face Rock. There was an unusually large amount of plastic detritus on the beach, especially bottles and bottle caps. Three dead birds--a Horned Puffin, a Rhinoceros Auklet and two black wings with a...read more
March 12, 2007 - JohnnyCN
Graffitti (Tagging?) inside the tunnel through huge monolith below Face Rock parking lot, otherwise area was remarkably clean of natural debris or human detritus, even in the wrackline. There were, however, four dead birds--1 dead immature gull, 1 rhinoceros auklet, 1 Tufted Puffin, and 1 Horned Puffin. Two live birds--Black...read more