Mile 103

Bullards Beach just north of the Lighthouse
Coos County

Latitude: 43.135455101656
Longitude: -124.420705293050
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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Bullards Beach just north of the Lighthouse
Mile 103 Reports (40)

2018

September 12, 2018 - beachnut

I was not the only person walking this beach in the predawn dark on a calm day that became overcast. Some guy with a flashlight preceeded me in his quest for rocks. Another rock hound appeared later. At 6:15, not much wildlife was in evidence, though gulls and sanderlings appeared...read more

2016

October 18, 2016 - bandonandy

We noticed these little birds in the driftwood.  They blended in so well we almost missed them. I didn't count them but there were a lot.

In the first picture, you can see the Coquille River lighthouse; we were just north of the lighthouse.read more

September 26, 2016 - beachnut

Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was littered with tiny crabs, also Dungeness crab molts, seagrass, kelp, shell fragments, small rocks....read more

September 9, 2016 - beachnut

Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was littered with tiny crabs, also Dungeness crab molts, seagrass, kelp, shell fragments, small rocks....read more

June 5, 2016 - beachnut

Sunday began with a 59-degree but very foggy walk at 5:30 a.m. with a -2.0 tide. It was hard to tell whether any live wildlife was out, but a mangled bird carcass and a headless but smelly adult marine mammal were there. The night's high tide licked at the eroded...read more

February 9, 2016 - beachnut

No one was out on this mile, not surprising in view of the 10-foot dune drop-offs along this mile. Scattered litter of plastics and Styrofoam. A few gulls, lots of logs, scattered rocks and shell fragments were evident. The morning was calm, mild and close to low tide of 2.0...read more

  • Some of the beachfront trees lose their grip as waves erode their usual high perch at Bullard's Beach State Park just south of the blockhouse bathrooms on Mile 103.
  • It's nigh onto impossible to safely reach the beach along the whole of Mile 103. The dropoff is about 10 feet. For scale, the wee dog is about a foot tall...

2015

August 26, 2015 - beachnut
To quote the Eagles: Nobody on the beach. Nobody in the parking areas either. And almost no critters on the beach except for gulls and the little "sand hoppers". Shell fragments, gravel, kelp and some driftwood marked the tide line. Also there was a yellow/green slime for several yards. No...read more
July 12, 2015 - beachnut
The dogs and I had the beach to ourselves on a mild, windless but cloudy morning around 5:45 a.m., shortly after low tide. No birds were in sight, though a dead, brain-pecked Common murre was seen. Several deer visited the water, judging by their tracks. North winds have mounded sand...read more
June 14, 2015 - beachnut
Days of screaming north winds have drifted and blown sand, covering much of the high-tide line. So no visible litter and only traces of shell fragments and small rocks resulted. A sizeable gravel bed appeared near the southern end. Only one person hunting rocks was out this cloudy 49-degree morning...read more
May 17, 2015 - beachnut
Calm seas and air and a minus 1.4-foot tide made for a lovely outing at 6 a.m. You could mistake the white drifts in the high-tide line for snow--but the stink of bleaching Velella velella quickly changes your mind. They are still incoming but not nearly the previous waves of...read more
April 19, 2015 - beachnut
A lovely sunny morning with low wind and a minus 1.3-foot tide. Two dog walkers; 3 vehicles on the access road pullouts. Sanderlings were gobbling Velella velella laying in drifts along the high line. Gulls and Canada geese were flying over. Scattered small rocks, shell fragments and litter (plastic water...read more
March 8, 2015 - beachnut
A dog walker and a rock hunter were on the beach this daylight-saving Sunday around 8 a.m. close to high tide of 1.2 feet on a clear, 45-degree morning with slight wind from the north. And that was about all the life forms visible, apart from a couple of gulls...read more
January 21, 2015 - beachnut
Storms and King Tides have left their mark on this mile, eating away at both sand and beach vegetation. Logs are also much more numerous than usual, though not as concentrated as in the half mile to the south. Two people and one dog were out on this 34-degree but...read more

2014

December 8, 2014 - beachnut
No real changes on this deserted stretch of beach. Some new logs and hard plastic litter pieces, scattered small stones, shell fragments. Gulls flew offshore; one dead seabird, possibly a grebe. The morning walk started calmly at 50 degrees, then turned windy for the return. Tide was low at 3...read more
November 7, 2014 - beachnut
A few seagulls and a guy with 2 unleashed dogs were the only critters out on this lovely but chilly morning after 7. Small stones and scattered tree parts, bull kelp plus a few shell fragments occupied the wrack line. Two algae-encrusted crab floats came in during the recent storms,...read more
  • Storm tides earlier this month have eaten away the summer sand accumulations on this part of Mile 103.
September 23, 2014 - beachnut
Walking at low tide of 0.9 feet at 7 a.m. brought little company, apart from assorted gulls and sanderling-size birds in the wet sand. Jellies of clear and gold ran the extent of the mile, ranging in size of quarter diameter to a foot or so. Kelp, shell fragments, stones...read more
August 22, 2014 - beachnut
A deserted beach on a calm, mild morning is hard to beat. Gulls, cormorants, whimbrels and sanderling-size flocks were out about their business of food gathering. Only litter to be found was small pieces of stuff vaguely like playdough. Consistency was firm, colors a greenish yellow or grayish. I've found...read more
July 29, 2014 - beachnut
No one appeared on this mile at 6 on a foggy, windy and cool morning. A few gulls, several cormorants flying close to the outgoing tide and a few whimbrels were observed. Small rocks, molts, shell fragments and 6 plastic water bottles marked the driftline.read more
June 11, 2014 - beachnut
Once again the dogs and I were the only visitors to this stretch of beach a half mile north of the Coquille River and its lighthouse. Wildlife was not abundant: a few gulls at water's edge, seabirds flying offshore and swallows flitting about the foredune. Scarcely any litter, and not...read more
May 20, 2014 - beachnut
Apart from assorted birds--whimbrels, gulls. crows and sanderlings--and sea-borne litter, there was nothing to report about this mile north of the Coquille River. Styrofoam litter took several forms: a 2-foot yellow sheet, scattered white pieces, a fishing float. Plastic bottles, too. Also in the driftline were small stones, shell fragments,...read more
April 29, 2014 - beachnut
Around 6:30 on a 40-degree, calm morning with a minus tide, nothing much was happening. No birds, no bodies and only a rock hunter and some sand hoppers to report. Sticks, small rocks and plastic litter (bottles and brittle pieces) from the sea marked the drift line. Heading home, I...read more
  • This is Mile 103 looking south. It's a flat, not very interesting stretch of beach. However, it does have rock beds from time to time.
March 2, 2014 - beachnut
Rain blowing in from the south at moderate strength made this beach walk an endurance test on a Sunday morning registering a mild 50. Not even the usual rock hounds were out, just me and the wee dogs. Several sanderlings scuttled ahead of the waves, but they were the only...read more
January 19, 2014 - beachnut
Just the dogs and a few gulls were the only signs of life around 7:30 a.m. on a chilly morning at low tide. In short, perfect. Bull kelp tangles were concentrated about midway on this mile, though scattered clumps were also around. Feathers, shell fragments, crab molts, stones, new logs...read more

2013

December 25, 2013 - beachnut
Northbound on a chilly but clear Christmas morning was glorious: a line of pink extended the length of the horizon above the sea before sunrise and was reflected on the wet sand. A flock of Sanderlings were wave dancing in their quest for breakfast. Several large pieces of plastic sheeting...read more
November 22, 2013 - beachnut
The morning walk was clear but cold. No one else was out, despite rock beds scattered along the whole mile. No litter, no bodies. About 20 pelicans were winging low over the breakers, heading south. Several gulls were heading north.read more
October 20, 2013 - beachnut
T'was a foggy, north-windy morning when I came upon what probably is the body of a sea lion on the northern part of this mile. The ocean side of it was unmarked but the other side had been gouged out. A smelly thing indeed. Otherwise the mile was uneventful apart...read more
October 6, 2013 - beachnut
It was a lovely, windless and sunny morning, ideal for a beach walk. Three other people, one with a dog, apparently agreed. Some bull kelp, scattered logs, crab molt, small stones marked the tideline. Gulls paced the wet sand and pelicans flew offshore.read more
September 6, 2013 - beachnut
There's not much to report about this mile that differs from the northern part of 102, apart from lacking the heron and the addition of a dozen or so pelicans out fishing. One person rock hunting with two unleashed dogs. Again, no erosion and, thankfully, no mosquitoes. Styrofoam bait tray...read more
August 4, 2013 - beachnut
No vehicles but two other walkers around 6 on a chilly, foggy, windy Sunday morning: one approached from the north, the other with an unleashed dog from the south. Sea grass and kelp, some wood, rocks and shell fragments constituted the driftline. Only gulls seen on this stretch. Some bay...read more
July 7, 2013 - beachnut
This mile was empty except for cormorants, crows and gulls. I guess that the campers were sleeping in this chilly early morning. Molt, kelp piles, small stones lay in the driftline. No litter. No vehicles parked along the lighthouse road.read more
June 8, 2013 - beachnut
There isn't much to report on this stretch of beach, unlike the last person who walked it and collected scads of plastic bottles. Blowing sand may be obscuring some litter in the storm line but not the overnight tide line, which was mostly clean. Just a few gulls in sight...read more
May 23, 2013 - amyfra
I walked mile 103 as a guest observer this morning. It was calm, overcast with light rain. I collected 27 plastic bottles, a very high concentration of them in the high tide driftline. Other debris on beach included a tire, two wooden pallets and fishing net and rope. The south...read more
May 5, 2013 - beachnut
A perfect morning for our coastline: sunny at 6 a.m., little wind, a balmy 65 degrees. No one else was on this stretch, though I could see a couple of surf fishermen further north. Wildlife was abundant: numerous sanderlings feeding and dodging waves, some gulls and crows, several raptors scoping...read more
April 27, 2013 - beachnut
At 6 a.m. on a chilly, cloudy morning, we were not alone. A rock hunter with an unleashed dog was there, and later four others each with dogs materialized. Beach was mostly clean of litter. A significant chunk north of the street pullouts showed severe erosion by the winter storm...read more

2010

November 6, 2010 - beachnut
Stormy seas over the last few days have brought in enough logs at the upper Coquille River Lighthouse parking lot to make it difficult to walk there or even get down to the beach. This is an annual happening, but I suspect it's early this year.read more

2008

December 6, 2008 - nickhovsepian
One dead seagull, several jellyfish, several large drifts of kelp from storm surges. No noticeable erosion since last report. Litter minimal. Shells, kelp/algae and small rocks in driftline. Moderate human impact (2)-6 walking, 12 rockhunting and 2 horseback riding. Four dogs.read more
September 30, 2008 - nickhovsepian
The only change from the last quarterly report is an increase in the sand build up over the summer. Also, the SOLV beach clean up was very helpful in collecting accumulated litter. Shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. One dead pelican. Moderate human impact (5)-rockhunting. One...read more
September 20, 2008 - Doug C
This report was generated as part of the SOLV Beach Clean-up. About 8 pounds of debris, largely styrofoam and plastic, were removed from this mile. Some plastic and glass bottles were found. The number of dead birds (1 Common Murre, 1 Western Gull, 1 immature Western Gull and one unidentifiable...read more
  • Plant on the fore-dune.  Found only 2 on the mile.
  • Immature Western Gull. Down chest feathers were all over the beach which is a sign that it was probably eaten by a raptor.
July 30, 2008 - nickhovsepian
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, land-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Collected one bag of trash, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags and wrappers and Styrofoam cups. One badly decomposed pelican being eaten by a turkey vulture. Moderate human impact (7)- 2 walking and 5 rockhunting.read more

2006

September 16, 2006 - L Maine
Kelp and crab castings in driftline. Foraging shorebirds in driftline. One dead Common Murre. Removed crab pot buoys and rope in driftline. Many transverse dunes on beach. Fresh water creeks flowing because of golf-course watering. Heavy human use (33+)- 13 walking, 20+ in vehicles, many dogs not on leash, 7...read more