Mile 119

Shore Acres SP, Simpson Cove
Coos County

Latitude: 43.326109973684
Longitude: -124.386929924420
Vehicles:
  • 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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Shore Acres SP, Simpson Cove
Mile 119 Reports (20)

2015

May 2, 2015 - dpackard
Person observed disturbing birds. I haven't been here in a couple years. Still a magical place.read more
  • looking north with the Shore Acres viewing station in foreground on a blustery day of wind from the NW.
  • Looking south towards Cape Arago

2012

December 13, 2012 - dpackard
One of the year's highest tides at this moment (+9.78). Cold (38 degrees) yet sunny with little wind (barely a breath from the east). Exciting wave action from the high tide against the bluffs. I observed an occasional loud boom as waves pounded into the rocks below. Then a second...read more
  • Mile 119, a short section north of old tennis court
  • High water lapping into Shore Acres' Simpson Cove, mile 119
  • Towards Shore Acres viewing station with king tide below.
  • South part of mile 119, looking west
August 17, 2012 - dpackard
Nine harbor seals observed on rocks at north part of mile. Two hawks and 12 seagulls. I could hear sea lions making barking noises from Shell island (a quarter mile off shore to the southwest) as the sound was carried by the wind.A moderately cool summer day at the coast...read more
  • Shore Acres maritime viewing station at upper right of photo.
  • Middle of the day and no one here.
June 18, 2012 - Pat&RobertaSmit
North Cove closed to visitors for the pupping season, so all observations were made from the cliffs. It was remarkably quiet. No obvious marine birds other than a single Pelagic Cormorant and Sea Lions on Shell Island and the reef. Some evidence of bluff erosion. Six people with two dogs...read more
May 17, 2012 - dpackard
Four seal pups in the usual area (straight section of coastline at northern section of mile 119). They were all foraging under the water and occasionally surfacing. One very young small seal was hanging out with its mother. Trail to southern portion of the mile has been improved. Eight people...read more
  • This is taken from the overlook directly west of the floral gardens.
March 18, 2012 - Pat&RobertaSmit
Didn't see much this time. It was cold with gusty wind and freezing rain - and the path to the North Cove is closed now for the pupping season. One wall of the observation platform seems to have subsided some, creating a crack. One stone is missing.read more
February 19, 2012 - Pat&RobertaSmit
Sunday afternoon ... Enjoyed a walk through Shore acres and onto the cliffs south of Simpson's Cove. We were just about to go home when we spotted a Bald Eagle on the cliffs with a catch... It's all in the attached photos.read more
  • Bald Eagle on the cliffs just south of Simpson's cove. The Shore Acres Observation Post (or Room or whatever it's called) is in the background.
  • Bald Eagle ... with additional zoom/magnification ... on the cliffs just south of Simpson's cove. The Shore Acres Observation Post (or Room or whatever it's called) is in the background.
  • Bald Eagle with catch on the cliffs just south of Simpson's cove.

2010

August 16, 2010 - dpackard
A refreshingly cool August morning on the coast as temperatures are extremely hot inland (near 100 degree high's from Portland to Medford). Observed fog bank rolling in from half a mile out along with related drizzle. A large number of harbor seals resting on rock formation off shore. One man...read more
March 15, 2010 - dpackard
Large rollers combined with a six foot high tide sent seas crashing into the rocky coastline this afternoon. The show spurred four photographers to capture the scenes. All the rocky inlets had large amonts of sea foam. Some rocky parts had creamy looking foam that dried about ten feet above...read more
  • Large breakers hitting the coastline from low pressure storm system at sea.
  • Large seas stir up foam along coastline.
  • Small portion of trail about 1/4 mile north of old Shore Acres tennis courts marked off due to erosion.

2009

October 20, 2009 - dpackard
Observed eight people. Six walking on trails and two at Simpson overlook. Noticed small black objects bobbing in the water at north part of mile. Couldn't figure out if they were small seal heads or kelp parts. Forgot binoculars. Took photos and examined them. They turned out to be kelp,...read more
  • View looking Northwestward out of Simpson's cove on mile 119 of the Oregon coast.
  • View looking northward with Shore Acres viewing station at middle right.
  • Sometimes kelp bulbs resemble a seal head bobbing in the ocean.
May 4, 2009 - dpackard
Intense spring gale with heavy rain on this day. I did not observe any wildlife in the water. A collection of Pelagic Cormorants were taking refuge from the weather on the lee side of shoreline cliffs. Sea foam pile up at a few different locations. Wood and ocean-based debris in...read more
January 13, 2009 - dpackard
Observed 16 people. No dogs. 3 harbor seals sunning on rocks at N. part of mile 119. Only saw seagulls. Ground is saturated with water. High storm tide and streams signs at Simpson beach all the way up to small trail bridge where kelp has lodged. Some bank erosion from...read more
  • Concrete pour for reconstruction of a park bench at this location
  • Kelp up to a very high tide line at Simpson beach.
  • A view Northward from in front of the Shore Acres observation station.

2008

August 24, 2008 - dpackard
A whale was spouting about 500 feet out from Shore Acres observatory at arrival. Six small fishing boats arrived to fish at southern section of mile. Nice upkeep on shoreline trail at north end of mile where new bark was laid down on main path. Two pelicans seen. Moderate human...read more
  • NW view of Pacific ocean from mile 119 in Oregon
June 18, 2008 - dpackard
Very beautiful summer-like morning. I had never been to the park this early. Did not see much activity in the water (or air, except for 6 crows). Two Black Oystercatchers, three sea gulls and one rabbit were seen. Sea lions began making noise farther south at Shell Island at about...read more
May 18, 2008 - dpackard
More people than normal who somehow got down below the bluff to explore beachside at northern part of this mile (north of Shore Acres lookout). Moderate human impact (23)-19 walking and 4 tidepooling. Three dogs.read more
April 3, 2008 - Florence Elk
One of the most beautiful and interesting areas of the Oregon coast. Sea lions and seals close up at the draw bridge in Charleston feeding on scraps from the fishing industry. Then on to Shore Acres and Simpson Reef on Mile 119 for miles of hiking, dramatic cliffs and a...read more

2007

December 10, 2007 - dpackard
Did not see any whales, sea lions or seals. Saw the usual amount of Seagulls and a few other unidentified birds. Some evidence of high stream flow in one cove (see picture) and many downed branches on the trail from big storm that blew thru seven days prior. Moderate human...read more
  • Shows the path of high water stream probably during previous week's storm.
  • Trail with downed trees and branches in spots.
  • After a beautiful day the sun departs
November 2, 2007 - dpackard
Did not see any aquatic creatures -- whales, seals or sea lions, this time around. Healthy seas. It looks like a moderate tide (quarter moon). Only two cars in the vast Shore Acres parking lot. Kelp/algae in driftline. Five sea gulls and one chipmunk. Moderate human impact (9)- 9 walking...read more
  • Shore Acres coastline, Friday evening, November 2, 2007.  Looking South toward Cape Arago (far point).
May 23, 2007 - dpackard
Tranquil day with greater turnout of people than three months previously. Moderate human impact (12)-8 walking and 4 playing in sand. Six harbor seals sunning on the rocks. Blue fish net on rocks.read more
  • Just north of cove north of the Simpson tennis courts.
February 3, 2007 - dpackard
A typical overcast winter morning. Steady SW breeze. Many seagulls patrolling the coastline, a few crows foraging in the trees. Saw a lightly colored seal (Harbor seal) resting on rock reef. A fence piece is missing just south of the Shore Acres viewing station. In the cove below botanical gardens,...read more
  • In cove below botanical gardens
  • Below botanical gardens in cove