Mile 101

Face Rock, Bandon Beach, Coquille Point
Coos County

Latitude: 43.111259801354
Longitude: -124.434484426200
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).
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Face Rock, Bandon Beach, Coquille Point
Mile 101 Reports (58)

2018

November 7, 2018 - GarrettSEA
  • acces pt 8th st
  • Deer tracks on beach
  • access pt Face Rock
  • State Park employee
  • people on rocks
  • debris on bluff
October 24, 2018 - beachnut

A much-degraded pup of a marine mammal washed up on the night high tide several yards north of the 11th St. stairs at Coquille Point. Even Jim Rice couldn't tell for sure whether it was a sea lion or a seal fromthe 2 photos sent by phone this morning about...read more

June 19, 2018 - beachnut

A newly dead female Steller sea lion washed up just south of the 11th St. Stairs at Coquille Point. No injuries were apparent, apart from pecked-out eyes. Photos were sent to Jim Rice, and the Bilderbacks later examined the creature.

Also in the same mile was a live seal pup, close...read more

May 31, 2018 - beachnut

The dead sea lion on Mile 101 between 8th St. stairs and the passes toward Elephant Rock is gone. Sometime since yesterday morning, a piece of heavy equipment dug in the area where the sea lion lay. I couldn't tell if it had been buried in place or removed. Who...read more

May 28, 2018 - beachnut

A harbor seal pup stayed in the same general area below Coquille Point from May 15 to May 28, when I found it dead on the high-tide line. Initially, it moved around and even went into the ocean. But the last several days, it did not move far and was...read more

May 22, 2018 - beachnut

I've been watching a harbor seal pup below Coquille Point since May 15. It is alert and hugs the rocks and high-tide areas around the two passes near Elephant Rock. I have yet to see its mother on sand but have noticed at least one adult swimming just north of...read more

January 29, 2018 - Mike Mueller

Observed normal high and low tide movement of sand and exposure of rocky areas.read more

2017

August 10, 2017 - Volunteer Coordinator

murre alive/ in distress on the beach.  Photo by Gary Meunierread more

  • murre alive/ in distress on the beach.  Photo by Gary Meunier
March 6, 2017 - Mike Mueller

Sorry no photos this time.read more

2016

October 28, 2016 - Mike Mueller

The only noticeable difference was that a lot of the areas that had exposed intertidal areas last summer were covered up by sand.read more

August 1, 2016 - Mike Mueller

My mile looked to be the average condition it always is with more visitors caused by the summer vacations.read more

2015

July 24, 2015 - bandonandy

Dead sea lion on the beach for a few days. Appears to be adult. On the beach opposite the Sunset Motel (see photo).read more

  • Animal on beach down from Sunset Motel; see in the background of the photo.
July 20, 2015 - beachnut

Fifteen Common murres--14 of them youngsters--lay dead in the high-tide line from Table Rock south to Face Rock this morning. There was no sign of injury, but they did appear a bit thin. This may be normal; I really don't know.read more

May 9, 2015 - beachnut

I've been watching this baby seal for 4 days. Day 1 saw it active, the rest not at all. Its position has not changed and it appears to be dead. However, the birds and other critters have not touched it. Stranding report will be made.read more

  • Baby seal dead on the beach
May 7, 2015 - beachnut

Reporting a dead harbor seal on the high-tide line at the very northern edge of Mile 101 below Coquille Point. It has been there several days, and now the head has been picked over by birds: turkey vulture, gulls, crows. I delayed reporting this because the camera was at home....read more

  • A dead harbor seal lays on the high-tide area at the northern edge of Mile 101 just below Coquille Point.

2014

December 5, 2014 - beachnut
A white baby harbor seal is alive and alert on the south side of the rocky pass near Elephant Rock, just below the point at Coquille Point. There is no place the mother can shift it because high tide runs right up to the rocky pass. I've called Free Flight...read more
November 30, 2014 - Doug C
Beautiful sunny day between two days of rain. Over 30 people were observed; 4 were horseback riding. Dead Cassin's auklets were found for the first time on this mile. New signs with location numbers had been installed (151- Face Rock Wayside, and 150 - Coquille Point) on the stairs.read more
October 30, 2014 - beachnut
A dead marine mammal, approximately 7-plus feet in length, was at the base of the rocks just east of Elephant Rock. It apparently came in with the morning's high tide because it was not there yesterday. Hard to identify because it was missing the head tissue and most of the...read more
October 27, 2014 - beachnut
Two pelicans' bodies occupy the storm high-tide line just below the three-level motel units fronting Beach Loop Rd. No tags or obvious signs of injury. They could be part of the large group of pelicans seen along Mile 102 the previous day.read more
September 30, 2014 - Doug C
Sunny day with calm wind brought out a couple dozen people. Piles of kelp, squid egg cases and velella velella jellyfish were present in the wrack, primarily on mile 102, but some were on mile 101. A storm had hit a week earlier.read more
August 31, 2014 - Doug C
Sunny,warm, low wind day brought out 93 people on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. 12 dead birds counted, mostly gulls. One dead seal. ATV tracks observed in an area where they are not allowed.read more
  • Portable fire pit with litter about 2 feet in diameter.
  • Dead seal with head buried in sand. Over five feet long.
August 18, 2014 - beachnut
A heads-up about an apparently dead marine mammal (think it's a sea lion) of about 6.5 feet in length opposite the southern end of Elephant Rock in Bandon. It has been there two mornings in a row, showing no signs of life or injury. Someone told me they'd tripped over...read more
June 29, 2014 - beachnut
Just a quickie to report on what may, and I stress may, possibly be tsunami wreckage on this mile which I walk most days, though it's not in my brief. So, it is a large and heavy plastic grid of bright blue and has oriental characters on it, as well...read more

2013

November 30, 2013 - Doug C
Nice day with about 40 people about. Found a dead Red Phalarope, the first in walking the mile for about 4 years. COASST notified. Shoreline content was the typical natural elements of shells ,casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces. One smoldering fire found with litter.read more
  • Smoldering fire below Beach Loop Drive vacation rentals with beer cans and bottles.
October 19, 2013 - beachnut
The Northern Elephant Seal that had been resting (?) below the Beach Loop motel complex since 10/14 moved on back to sea, apparently during the high tide of Friday afternoon. I hope he's happy to be back where he belongs.read more
October 14, 2013 - beachnut
A not too lively elephant seal was beached above the high-tide line below the multi-level motel structure along Beach Loop Dr. It did not appear to be injured and was well fed, according to the marine mammal person I consulted by phone. He also posted a warning sign near the...read more
April 24, 2013 - beachnut
A photographer stationed just north of Elephant Rock asked me if I had seen an eagle swoop down for a gull breakfast awaiting it on Elephant Rock. The photog said this has happened several times while he watched. He took a shot with the camera but said it was too...read more
April 11, 2013 - Doug C
Viewed the beach around sunset on a calm day. 15 people were also out enjoying the view. There appeared to be a small photography class. Golf balls were found in the wrack and on the beach, but the golfer was no longer present. [This seems to be in violation of...read more
March 22, 2013 - beachnut
For the second time in two weeks, I've encountered a golfer chipping balls into the ocean. It was 7:30 a.m. on an otherwise empty beach, apart from me and two leashed dogs. This golfer was between Face Rock and Coquille Point, was stylishly dressed down to his golfing cleats and...read more

2012

June 29, 2012 - Doug C
About 19 pe0ple were primarily walking the beach on a cloudy Friday morning. Only two of seven dogs were leashed, however, these dogs with adults walked through a flock of gulls, disturbing them while they were getting fresh water from a creek running to the ocean. Summer is here, and...read more
  • Seven Harbor Seals were hauled out on the rocks just in front of Elephant Rock at Coquille Point.
May 28, 2012 - Doug C
Partly cloudy, very nice Memorial Day. Over 60 people out and about with eight dogs, several of which were unleashed. Low tide had exposed some rocks on the beach. Wrack was minimal. Noticed some small styrofoam fragments for the first time in a long time. Bluff erosion has reached the...read more
April 12, 2012 - Doug C
Observed the beach during intermittent clouds and sprinkles. Five people out walking attending two unleashed dogs. Tide was low (0.0 feet); beach was clean probably as a result of recent storms. No dead birds were observed. Mid-beach erosion due to winter storms is estimated to be 3 feet. Foredune erosion...read more

2011

December 26, 2011 - Doug C
This was just a visit to see the dead Gray Whale, not the full mile. High tide was receding. It had rotated the animal from right side up to having it lay on its right side. Approx. 38 feet long, robust, numerous gashes, flesh sloughing off, entrails protruding, bleeding from...read more
  • Dead, 38 feet long
December 2, 2011 - Doug C
Nice calm Friday at low tide, three people walking on a sunny day. Found a 5-foot juvenile Northern Elephant Seal stranded high on the beach. Animal was moving flippers and its head, but ceased about 45 minutes later though still breathing. Reported sighting to marine mammal stranding network; signs were...read more
October 25, 2011 - Doug C
Clear, crisp Fall day, 16 people walking, three dogs, about 10 vehicles at the Face Rock and Coquille access points. Wildlife mostly off-shore on rocks. Driftline had more sea palm kelp than usual. Some bull kelp was present. This has been a popular stretch for people building structures out of...read more
June 5, 2011 - Doug C
Calm, overcast day with a lots of people (29). It was the first time we saw two separate groups of people climbing on offshore rocks. Attempted to notify authorities and spoke to one climber. Shells, kelp/algae, small rocks, and wood in the driftline. Beach debris was normal, although there were...read more
  • Two men fishing from an offshore rock
  • Rock climber at offshore rock directly out from the Face Rock Wayside parking lot.
  • Several (4 or 5) structures had been assembled along the mile, mostly at the mid- to north-end.
April 4, 2011 - Doug C
Overcast, wind at 11 mph. Beach very clean. Driftwood high on the beach. Some sand erosion noted at the Coquille Point stairs. Sea lion reported earlier is now primarily a skeleton from the upper trunk to the tail and has moved about 15 feet from where it was first observed...read more
February 2, 2011 - Doug C
Beautiful sunny day at near low tide. The beach was remarkably clean. Four people walking, checking tide pools and rocks. One dead sea lion was found at the base of the stairs at the Face Rock Wayside. No notable changes in the shoreline or landscape. Shells, small rocks and plastic...read more
  • Probably a California Sea Lion, about 12 feet long, skull largely missing, two small holes in body due to birds feeding.

2010

November 18, 2010 - Doug C
Caught some sun between storms as did eight other people walking the beach. Tides had been high so the wrack was high with logs, seaweed and ocean-borne debris. Gulls dominated the sky and beach. One large immature gull was feeding a dead bird. Six other dead birds were observed (2...read more
  • Seal, a little over 5 feet long, was high on the beach.  Gull foot prints were around the head and tail which were punctured.
October 3, 2010 - Doug C
Nice partly sunny October day, winds maybe 10 mph, consequently 21 people were out, mostly walking. Eight (8) dogs, all but one unleashed, few under control. Numerous structures built with driftwood. Evidence of one fire in a driftwood pile near bluff grass and gorse. One person on horseback. Clear, brown...read more
  • Found numerous jellyfish about 4-7 inches in diameter with short tentacles.
  • Evidence of a fire in the driftwood pile at the base of the bluff.
  • Structure south of the Coquille Point stairs, about 15x25 feet.
February 17, 2010 - beachnut
Heavy maritime fog could not hide the ATV tracks entering the beach at the posted access near Tish A Tang. The tracks proceeded south in the wet sand left by the recent high tide. I'm unsure how far the ATV went as I turned back opposite the Windemere Motel. It...read more

2009

December 21, 2009 - beachnut
I guess no one told the remaining flock of pelicans that they need to fly south. But they're still here fishing or seeking food beyond Elephant and Table rocks. The ones I could count with the naked eye numbered a half-dozen at least.read more
December 2, 2009 - beachnut
Just for the record, I've observed a live marine mammal for two days where there should be none. I first spotted it lying in a runoff stream at the base of the Face Rock stairway, between the cliff and close rocks. It is alert and looks up when people are...read more
November 29, 2009 - Doug C
Nice sunny, quiet day. Crisp temperature, moderate winds from the north. Tide was 0.0 ft and had been at 7.5 feet prior to our walk. Water had been sufficiently high to flatten all the sand from the ocean to the rock bluffs. Some plastic debris and dune erosion at the...read more
  • 4.5-inch fish on the beach.
  • Heavy driftwood buildup at the base of the Coquille Point stairs at 11th Street.
  • Brown Pelicans and gulls were densely packed on the north end of Elephant Rock and its surroundings, and flying in large numbers in the moderate breeze about 30 minutes before sunset.  This was also true of Table Rock and Face Rock.
November 24, 2009 - beachnut
A very dead and degraded marine mammal (sorry, the smell was too vile to approach closer) lay on the high tide line slightly north of the steps at the Coquille Point access. Pboto included.Further south, was a live but injured pelican opposite Face Rock. I contacted Free Flight and assisted...read more
  • degraded, unidentified dead marine mammal.
  • pelican unable to fly and hanging out in the incoming surf.
November 18, 2009 - beachnut
A dead, unbanded pelican that I observed two days ago is still on the high line opposite Table Rock, though much diminished because of hungry crows. They drew my attention to the body initially in their feeding frenzy, and they're still at it with a vengeance.Surf is still scarifyingly high,...read more
November 2, 2009 - beachnut
A dead, unbanded pelican was in the high-tide line at the cluster of rocks just south of the Sunset motel beach cabins.Large flocks of pelicans are fishing offshore and resting on Table Rock in particular and, possibly, the islands west of Elephant Rock. I've been watching them for days now...read more
August 8, 2009 - Doug C
Sunny Saturday, moderate wind, thirty people including kids, 6 dogs (4 unleashed). Dead bird population was high (6 immature gulls and 11 immature Common Murres, 3 adult Common Murres, 7 immature Pelagic Cormorants). Numerous driftwood structures were built. Mussel clusters and brown seaweed were notable in the driftline of shells...read more
  • Wind generated dune forms each summer at the base of the Face Rock Wayside.
  • Dead Harbor seal pup about 34 inches long
May 25, 2009 - Doug C
Sunny Memorial Day, strong winds and low tide. 55 people out and about, walking, tidepooling and playing in the sand. Harbor Seals (about 12) were hauled our with their pups (about 6) on the rocks at Coquille Point, attracting a crowd, some of whom were too close. Dog owners leashed...read more
March 17, 2009 - Doug C
Sunny Tuesday with enough wind to fly a kite. 17 people, 8 dogs - all unleashed. Most people were walking (9), three were tidepooling and a couple were sitting or flying a kite in the light wind. One female Bufflehead seen in the shallow surf. No changes noted since the...read more
January 26, 2009 - Doug C
Just a brief note - sighted a bald eagle flying north over the beach at the level of the cliff. Beautiful bird, beautiful day.read more

2008

December 23, 2008 - Doug C
The day was cloudy, 45-50 degrees, with a slight breeze from the south. Moderate human impact, 17 people (12 walking, 3 playing in the sand, 2 tidepooling) and 4 dogs. One set of light truck vehicle tracks were observed from near Coquille Point to south of Face Rock. Driftline content...read more
  • Harbor Seal at Coquille Point, 48 inches long, no skull
  • Erosion near beach level, some likely due to recent storms.
  • Second house under construction also has exposed drainage pipes.
  • Recent storms pushed large piles of Bull Kelp high on the beach
  • Small structure built at edge of beach had some concentration of trash and a tire
August 15, 2008 - Doug C
Foggy day with heavy human use (35)- 26 walking, one taking photographs and 8 doing Tai Chi. Sea Palm and Bull Kelp littered the surf line in larger than normal quantities. Birds were close-in. Injured Common Murre at surfline being harassed by a dog. Whimbrel and Black Oystercatcher sighted.read more
  • Black Oystercatcher with Whimbrel at Face Rock Beach

2007

September 13, 2007 - [email protected]
Wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in the surfline and moving in response to humans and dogs. One dead bird. Heavy human impact (32)-20 walking, 2 photographing and 2 tidepooling. Children climbing on seastacks.read more
June 21, 2007 - mauhag
Mile 101 at Coquille Point was serene, clean and not substantially different from the previous quarterly report. No dead birds was the major difference. Heavy human impact (36). Many walkers, picnickers and sunbathers were enjoying a beautiful day on the beach. Several boats were fishing offshore. Hundreds of birds were...read more
  • Home being built on bluff has drainage pipes visible.
  • This is an example of the several driftwood structures created by beachgoers.
June 8, 2007 - [email protected]
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces and one large piece of Styrofoam in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surf and moving in response to humans. Gulls, crows and blackbirds seen and one entangled dead bird. Beach very clean. Moderate human impact (18)- 12 walking, 4 tidepooling and 2 riding horses.read more
March 21, 2007 - D Bilderback
Common Murre on the rocks. A couple of Oystercatchers observed. Many purple and orange sea stars and anemones on rocks. A large amount of drift logs washed up during winter storms. One dead bird. Several driftwood forts built by beach visitors. Moderate human impact (15)-10 walking, 1 fishing, 3 rock-hunting...read more
  • Rhinoceros Auklet
March 9, 2007 - mauhag
Kelp knots, wood pieces, shells, a skate egg case, hydrozoa and bryozoa in driftline. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to human and dogs. Live Black Oystercatchers, Western Gulls, Sanderlings and Aleutian Geese. Otherwise, we had fairly typical sightings of birds for this time of year. There was an unusually large...read more
  • This is a landslide on the south side of the Face Rock Park access.
  • Picture of a couple of drain pipes that have been exposed.