Mile 111

Merchants Beach north end
Coos County

Latitude: 43.244245116331
Longitude: -124.390320334500
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from south jetty at Coos Bay, (43° 21.1158', Mile 123) southerly to Fivemile Point (43° 13.2228', Mile 109), except as follows: (A) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of Coos Bay (43° 21.0990', Mile 123), southerly to (43° 21.0036', 124° 20.4822', Mile 123); (B) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the north end of the Sunset Bay State Park (43° 20.0880', Mile 120) for the purpose of boat launching.
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from south jetty at Coos Bay, (43° 21.1158', Mile 123) southerly to Fivemile Point (43° 13.2228', Mile 109), except as follows:
    (A) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of Coos Bay (43° 21.0990', Mile 123), southerly to (43° 21.0036', 124° 20.4822', Mile 123);
    (B) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the north end of the Sunset Bay State Park (43° 20.0880', Mile 120) for the purpose of boat launching.

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Merchants Beach north end
Mile 111 Reports (53)


September 24, 2021 - TRBishop

A beautiful early fall day with very light wind... The only remarkable thing was the extremely low flow in the waterways, lower than I've ever observed here, undoubtedly as a result of the severe/extreme drought in Coos County this year.... Merchant Creek at Seven Devils Wayside was so low more

  • Merchant Creek at Seven Devils Wayside
  • waterfall cascading down the bluff at about mile 111.5
March 31, 2021 - TRBishop

The first warm day of spring after a long winter made for a great day for people to get out of the house and come for a walk... COVID restrictions are beginning to lift, but a few people are still wearing masks at the beach.... most are not .... Nothing unusal more


September 16, 2020 - TRBishop

This tiny area in Oregon was the first to break free of the putrid smoke that has pevaded the state for more than a week due to the record breaking wildfires. The air was fresh and a welcome change! I spent considerable time just taking deep breathes and exhaling to more

May 24, 2020 - whiskeydevil

A lot less garbage than last time.  Am curious if driving on this portion of the beach is legal, seems like you shouldn't be allowed to drive north of Five mile point.  read more

January 9, 2020 - whiskeydevil

Nobody else on the beach.  Found lots of plastic bottles and other trash.  Two dead gulls and one more


March 19, 2019 - whiskeydevil

Overall calm day on the beach.  Only 5 people and 3 dogs.  Saw a bald eagle at the north end of the mile.  There were some newish trails and drainage strips.  Above one of the trails looked like a burned area and activity.  

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  • Trail to beach
January 26, 2019 - TRBishop

One of those beautiful, warm, calm January days.. nothing eventful to more


June 17, 2018 - TRBishop

A beautiul late spring day, with several families treating dad to a great Fathers Day trip to the more


April 21, 2017 - TRBishop

A beautiful spring day with 6 mph wind coming from NNE. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of litter. This beach has always had an abundance of it, but today it was nowhere to be seen. I'm speculating it was because of the time of year and conditions. more


May 1, 2016 - TRBishop

A beautiful, warm spring Sunday at the beach - many people out to enjoy it at this location. Nothing unusual to more

February 7, 2016 - TRBishop

A beautiful, warm February day. The winter storms have washed away the large sand build-up from the summer months, so much so that there are rock outcroppings exposed at the surf line that I don't remember ever seeing before, especially at the rock outcropping near the border with Mile more


August 8, 2015 - TRBishop
Nice day, light traffic; lots of sand built up on the beach. Nothing negative to report. There was an area sectioned off at the rock out-cropping that separates Merchants beach and Agate Beach. It was marked by poles and yellow twine that went from the surf up the hillside, across, more
January 25, 2015 - TRBishop
A record breaking warm day and one of those beautiful January winter breaks that typically arrive to keep us all from killing each other. . .many people (and almost as many dogs) out to take advantage of the glorious weather, many putting bare feet (and paws) in the sand and surf. . . read more


October 10, 2014 - whiskeydevil
Kinda cool tree in more
August 10, 2014 - TRBishop
Beautiful August day; I spotted a large piece of red "gelatin" that looked unusual; in my 30 years of walking this beach, this substance is always clear. I'm not even sure what it is. I'm speculating it's from jelly fish. . . (I'll attach a photo.)The exceptionally high sands more
January 1, 2014 - TRBishop
I arrived at Seven Devils Wayside on New Year's Day to take photos for the King Tide Project, precisely at 11:03 am, tide was 8.76. After waiting for about an hour for the tide to recede, I walked Mile 111. While waiting, I was entertained by a porcupine foraging more


June 27, 2013 - coasster
A beautiful day at the beach, sunny and calm, and the water was warm (almost). At least 14 humans were out to enjoy the scene. Truck tire tracks were on the packed sand indicating someone had driven earlier during low tide and possible came up from Whiskey Run access. more
May 25, 2013 - coasster
The beach has some dunes forming, still small. The amount of debris was moderate. Not many birds about, just a handful of gulls and one group of over flying ducks. Most of the seaweed in the wrack was old looking with a few clumps of more recently detached. One more
  • Probably pine lumber about 6 ft long and 15cm on each side with shaping at both ends and a slot cut in the middle
May 5, 2013 - TRBishop
Not the best visit today. First, I decided to access the mile via the coast trail at Toyko Ln. The access has been further blocked with a new locked gate and private property sign, and I was not able to find a place to park, so was unable to more
January 20, 2013 - TRBishop
One of those beautiful, warm January days! 26 people walking on the beachwith 12 more


December 9, 2012 - TRBishop
Nothing unusual. Some litter on the beach. Four people with five dogs walking on the more
June 16, 2012 - TRBishop
A beautiful late spring weekend, fog rolling in and out along the surf line. Surprisingly, very few people on the beach. No sign of debris from Japan, unless that's where a large yellowish piece of styrofoam floating in Merchants Creek near the shoreline came from. (photo attached)Gulls and pelicans more
January 8, 2012 - TRBishop
Nothing unusaul to report. It was a beautiful, sunny January day with very few people visiting Seven Devil's Wayside. I was concerned about possible erosion due to the high surf advisory from 3 days prior with reported 25' waves, but nothing notable to more


September 18, 2011 - TRBishop
A beautiful late summer day. It was sunny at 11:30 am when I arrived, then thick fog rolled in and remained for the 4 hours I was there, but only along the shore line, but still calm air and warm temp. Kelp/algae in the driftline. Twelve people walking on more
March 6, 2011 - TRBishop
Just a beautiful, sunny, late-winter day - a welcome break from the snow and rain of the past few weeks. Pebble-sized, pulverized litter in the driftline. Normal foredune erosion for this time of the year. Eight people with four dogs walking on the more


October 17, 2010 - TRBishop
Just a beautiful, sunny fall day. Eight people (6 walking and 2 surfing)and five dogs on more
August 8, 2010 - TRBishop
A beautiful summer day on the beach. Nine people walking on the beach with seven more
May 30, 2010 - TRBishop
Nothing unusual to report - just a beautiful spring day. Twenty people on the beach: 18 walking/running, two rockhunting and one riding a more
February 21, 2010 - TRBishop
Nothing unusual to report, except more people than usual, probably because we were all out looking for relief from the cabin fever we get about this time of year. . . A 500(?) foot-long bed of rocks was exposed at the shoreline about 111.7, so people were enjoying the great agate more


October 24, 2009 - TRBishop
Nothing unusual to report. Just a nice fall day. Eight people and four dogs walking or running on the more
September 15, 2009 - TRBishop
Just a beautiful, warm "put your feet in the water" kind of day. Moderate human impact (8)-7 walking and 1 sitting. 8 more
March 6, 2009 - TRBishop
A beautiful sunny walk successfully taken between rain showers. Nothing out of the ordinary to report. Some beach litter. Low human impact (2)-walking with three more


November 14, 2008 - TRBishop
A beautiful sunny day, but dampened by unhealthy air quality on the beach due to an assumed slash burn on the hill above. Moderate human impact (1)- 6 walking,2 sitting and 2 juveniles on 2 ATV's on a closed more
August 23, 2008 - TRBishop
A nice, warm late summer Saturday with little wind and more than average people (20)-12 walking, 2 playing in surf and 6 sitting. Kelp/algae in the more
May 9, 2008 - TRBishop
A beautiful spring day. All is OK. Low human impact (3)-2 rockhunting. One more
April 17, 2008 - J Grove
Kelp/Algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (5)-walking. One dog. Concerned about kelp/algae more
January 16, 2008 - TRBishop
High surf is doing a good job with erosion and moving driftwood around this year. Retreat of bluff with newly exposed roots and trees falling. Erosion of vegetated foredune and wave overtopping. Low human impact (3). Five more


December 11, 2007 - J Grove
No unusual activities or conditions observed. Minimal human activities-3 people walking with one dog. Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. One dead Brown Pelican. No sea life more
September 25, 2007 - J Grove
Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to humans and dogs. Retreat of bluff and erosion of vegetated foredune. Moderate human impact (8)-walking, 3 more
July 30, 2007 - TRBishop
An absolutely gorgeous day and secluded stroll on the beach - life at its best on the south coast! Kelp/algae in the driftline. Low human impact (6)- walking. Two more
February 4, 2007 - TRBishop
Restrooms closed and replaced by portable toilet at Seven Devils Wayside. Also, old drinking fountain replaced by interpretative sign. Asphalt path and firering removed and reseeded. New access stairs to creek and beach. Heavy human impact (20) walking, playing in surf and sitting. Concerned about beach more


December 16, 2006 - TRBishop
2 deer in surf-one standing guard, younger one with “happy hooves” running around. Litter in driftline. Moderate human impact (6)- more
December 3, 2006 - TRBishop
Large amounts of seaweed on beach. Moderate human impact (10)-walking and panning for more
September 30, 2006 - TRBishop
Moderate human impact (10)-walking, playing in surf, playing in sand, and panning for gold. Concerned about more
June 9, 2006 - TRBishop
Small Velella velella in driftline. Landslide around Waterfall Gully (Mile 111.5). Foraging surfbirds. Beach litter. Moderate human impact (5)- walking, playing in sand and rockhuntingread more
March 16, 2006 - TRBishop
Small rocks, land and ocean based debris in driftline. Landslides, retreat of bluff and erosion of foredune. 2 dead Rhinoceros Auklets. Shinny, gray, oily substance seeping out of hillside. Low human impact (0).read more


April 21, 2005 - TRBishop
Animal casing in driftline. Foraging shorebirds. Large Califonia Sea Lion carcass on beach. Low human impact (3)-2 walking, 1 fishing and 1 mining. Concerned about beach more


November 15, 2004 - TRBishop
Hundreds of jellies wshed up on beach. Some still alive and moving a little bit. At middle of mile, counted 100+ jellies in a 150ft radius. Most were about 1 inch in diameter but some were as large as 15-20 inches. Low human impact (5)-3 walking and 2 gold more
November 9, 2004 - TRBishop
Two seal carcasses on beach. Low human impact (6)-walking, rockhunting and driving golf balls. Walked the mile four times since the last report. No major problems except occasional OHV in restricted area. Concerned about beach more
February 13, 2004 - TRBishop
Low human impact (2)-walking. Concerned about beach more


December 21, 2003 - TRBishop
Foraging shorebirds. Shipwreck debris on beach. Moderate human impact (12)-4 walking, 8 rockhunting. Concerned about beach more
May 23, 2003 - TRBishop
Foraging shorebirds. A probably "sick" porcupine sitting next to car tire. One dead bird. Low human impact (2), walking. Concerned about beach more
May 18, 2003 - TRBishop
Animal casing in driftline. Shipwreck debris on beach. Styrofoam and land-based debris in driftline. Foraging shorebirds. Moderate human impact (12)-5 walking, 4 playing in sand, 2 sitting and 1 more