Mile 121

Gregory Point, Lighthouse Beach, Mussel Reef
Coos County

Latitude: 43.341659733059
Longitude: -124.367264233890
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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Gregory Point, Lighthouse Beach, Mussel Reef
Mile 121 Reports (36)

2018

September 18, 2018 - Emily K

Access to beach improved. Rocks on trail down to beach.read more

2017

April 15, 2017 - Emily K

Lots of small pieces of styrofoam at highest/storm tide level on beach. Quite a few beach-walkers with dogs and kids. Most dogs on leash or within control of owners.read more

January 14, 2017 - Emily K

2016

August 31, 2016 - Emily K

It appears there is a lot of bluff erosion. Lots of slides, cracks, and slumping of bluff. Saw some pipes coming from bluff to beach, so there are efforts to divert water. Also saw a concrete structure at beach to fortify bluff (not new, probably been there a long time)....read more

April 24, 2016 - Anonymous

First time surveying this beach. Was not able to survey all of beachline due to high tide. Should be surveyed at low tide and not during storm surge due to short width of beach and proximity of bluffs. Access is on both ends of survey, but easiest is parking at...read more

  • Velella velella, southern end of Lighthouse Beach

2014

June 18, 2014 - LouiseW
Still at least one small piece of dock visible on beach. Too heavy for me to carry. Small concentration of pellets around trail, few on cliffs and in protected pockets, but think most of it is covered up with sand. Went specifically to check on house at 90051 Cape Arago...read more
  • Healthy looking stars
April 24, 2014 - LouiseW
Good excuse yesterday to walk the beach to look for tsunami debris. Break in the storms and was almost tropical. Saw no tsunami debris, but still see dock debris and many styrofoam pellets. Because of the large amount of water flowing down from cliffs there were some changes I would...read more
March 14, 2014 - LouiseW
Good infill on beach. Styrofoam pellets from dock accident being buried by sand. Cliff sides and grassy areas above tideline still hold many pellets. Cove on south end had some concrete pieces of dock, and found one going north. Many heavy plank pieces near trail that people must have carried...read more

2013

December 15, 2013 - LouiseW
Minor erosion of cliff in 2-3 places. Very good infill of sand. More folks (14) using this beach than in the past with 6 walking, 5 surfing and 3 playing in the surf. Someone cut crude steps into the path which made the going up and down slightly easier. The...read more
September 19, 2013 - LouiseW
Good infill on beach. Was excited about so little trash at first until I came upon two fire sites that were filled with discarded bottles and cans. Even a pizza box. Sometimes we humans are very disappointing. The house I keep mentioning as being ever closer to the edge has...read more
June 24, 2013 - LouiseW
This is always my favorite time of year to do this walk. The cliffs are full of clover and yellow flowers. There are usually small birds singing away. All along the beach good infill of sand. Very little trash. On the south end, because of very low tide, lg colonies...read more
March 22, 2013 - LouiseW
Shells, kelp/algae, wood, plactic and Styrofoam in the driftline. Many logs and milled wood. Two people and three dogs on beach. Property at 89227 Cape Arago Hwy undergoing major construction on beach cliff. Owner applied for permit he said 4 yrs ago. There was a hearing re these modifications last...read more

2012

December 21, 2012 - LouiseW
More houses getting noticably closer to edge of cliff. A new large eroded area visible. Even at low tide, large waves making it hazardess to walk on the north end of the beach. Visible rock on beach is normal. More erosion of cliffs than beach. Large amount of big logs...read more
September 15, 2012 - LouiseW
Driftline high and wide especially on south end of beach. Large pile of kelp and seaweed under cliff on south end. Unusual finds: thick nylon rope as from a ship on S end. Will need removal. Wooden debris: piece of building? A piece of plywood with 2 by 4s nailed...read more
June 21, 2012 - LouiseW
Charmed by the beach this AM as I often am. Cliffs full of flowers: Asters, clustered white flowers(water parsley?)and common monkey flower. Small birds twitter and hop from branch to rock along the cliffs. Common Murres and Black Oystercatchers on rocks at south end of beach. Kelp/algae, many feathers, plastic...read more
March 18, 2012 - LouiseW
The piece of a dock that was reported in December remains on the beach. Folk are using it as a trash can. Guess that could be better than throwing trash all over. Waiting for Person Phillips from state parks to return call regarding this. Drainage pipes seem to be multiplying...read more

2011

December 22, 2011 - LouiseW
A peaceful and beautiful evening with a calm sea. Shells, kelp/algae, wood pieces, plastic and Styrofoam in driftline. Landslides with visible retreat of the bluff exposing tree roots. High tides at base of bluff. Good infill of sand. A portion of a dock releasing Styrofoam on the beach with people...read more
September 20, 2011 - LouiseW
Small amounts of gravel with some boulders falling from cliffs. Huge amount of kelp and woody debris and some animal casings. Someone has made artsy piles of rock on large stumps and on cliffs. Interesting. Seven people on the beach, 2 walking, 2 sitting and 3 surfing.read more
June 20, 2011 - LouiseW
The driftline is full of kelp, and the beach has a strong odor. Wood pieces and plastic also in the driftline. A large piece of plastic too large to remove from beach. Sand infilling above the high tide line with steep dropoffs in places. Little rock exposed. Tide pools are...read more
March 22, 2011 - LouiseW
A house that is about a yard from the top of bluff has more landscaping plastic showing. Wonder what the plan is for this house. It is bound to tumble into the sea in the next few years. More rock exposed on south end of the beach than usual, but...read more

2010

December 18, 2010 - LouiseW
Some exposed rock, but not much considering the weather lately. Animal casings, large amounts of kelp, small rocks, wood, land- and ocean based debris, rope, and a large plank from a boat or dock in the driftline. Gulls and cormorants seen. No large changes in beach. Four people and two...read more
September 21, 2010 - LouiseW
Sea Lions resting on rocks at south end of mile. Small landslides with cracks on bluff continuing to open. Good infill of sand on beach. Wrack exposed only at one place on beach. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pieces, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in driftline. Very little debris on the...read more
June 23, 2010 - LouiseW
Less trash than normally found, although someone made a pile of bottles, etc. behind a log that I will have pick up later. Cormorants continue to kill trees on the southern end of the beach. Many nests. Saw two Osprey circling. No evidence of a nest seen. Good infill of...read more
March 21, 2010 - LouiseW
The beach has good infill, which is what it usually does this time of the year. Rock is visible below high tide line, but lots of sand above. The lighthouse island looks very green, but the trees there are dead or nearly so. The Cormorants continue to move inland, and...read more

2009

December 25, 2009 - LouiseW
This beach never ceases to amaze me. When other beaches are loosing sand this one is in-filling. Sometimes in summer it is down to rock. The drainage pipes are making numerous small streams that do wash out the beach sand. The large waves we have had lately appear to be...read more
September 19, 2009 - LouiseW
In-fill of sand above high-tide line except on extreme south end of beach. Quite a steep slant which I have never seen before on this beach. Seem to be more small caves in cliffs than I remember. Cormorant nests moving inland. More trees dying. No sign of any Osprey. Kelp/algae,...read more
June 23, 2009 - LouiseW
Kelp/algae and styrofoam in driftline. Nesting cormorants. Moderate human impact (8)-2 walking, 1 tidepooling and 5 gathering shellfish--23 dogs. Three people on an island during low tide.read more
March 17, 2009 - LouiseW

The areas described in my last report that were down to rock have again filled in with sand. This beach seems to do the opposite of most in that it fills in during the winter & washes out to rock in many places during the summer. There were many more...read more

2008

December 20, 2008 - LouiseW
It is always a pleasure to visit this beach. From just south of the first headland heading north there were sheets of volcanic rock and bolders with only pockets of sand. There was more sea flora on the beach on the south end than I have ever seen. Mixed in...read more
September 19, 2008 - LouiseW
Lots less trash than previously. Plastic bottles were prevalent, but I actually saw no Styrofoam. Animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces and land-based debris in the driftline. More cormorants on headlands and more than 100 Brown Pelicans flying and resting on rocks in area. Two Puffins were sighted in a group...read more
  • While this pictures was taken by Diane Bilderback on 9/23/08, there were many Brown Pelicans on the off-shore rocks just as was reported on 9/19/08
  • This California Sea Lion was found in the northern section of the mile and had been there for a while.
June 22, 2008 - LouiseW
A few gulls foraging in the surf. Kelp/algae, shells and many crushed and broken barnacles, animal casings, wood pieces, land-based debris, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in the driftline. One unknown dead bird. Beach filled in above high tide line with some rocks exposed below high tide line. Nesting cormorants moving...read more
March 16, 2008 - LouiseW
Kelp, shells, wood pieces, land-based debris, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in the driftline. Four dead birds: 1 gull, 2 Northern Fulmars and 1 White-winged Scoter. A few shorebirds foraging in driftline and moving in response to dogs. Sand accumulating near the bluffs. Less sand build up on the southern part...read more

2007

September 19, 2007 - LouiseW
Much kelp/algae, many animal casings, some shells and much wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surfline. A large dead decomposing Humpback Whale on south end of beach. Gulls and Turkey Vultures around the carcass. New landslides onto beach, especially around large structure made with building blocks. Lots of sand...read more
June 18, 2007 - LouiseW
Kelp, wood pieces, plastic pellets, land-based debris and styrofoam in driftline. Landslides and major boulder falls. Sand moving onshore. Rock only exposed at south end of beach. very steep slope from top of beach to low tide line. One live and one dead Common Murre on beach. One Osprey in...read more
March 22, 2007 - LouiseW

Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pieces, plastic pieces, bottles, and styrofoam in driftline. Foraging shorebirds in driftline. One dead Rhinoceros Auklet. Three new drainage pipes. Sand moved on shore except around engineered and approved construction site. Sand bags on bluff to retard erosion. Some sand bags washed out and found...read more

  • Cape Arago Lighthouse as seen from the beach.Photographed by Diane Bilderback
  • These sand bags came from a bank where they were being used to retard erosion.Picture by Diane Bilderback
  • While these sand bags were being used to retard erosion on the bluff, some of the bags were found at the surfline.  See other photos.Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • More sand bags in the surfline that had washed out from the bluff.Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • These concrete facings were covered with sand earlier in the season and now have been uncovered.Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • Another shot of the stairs with concrete facings.Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • Staircase coming on the beach.Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • Drain pipes and an abandoned staircase.
  • We had a great time looking at the sponges, anemones, sea urchins and other invertebrates on this nice low tide day.  Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • Map of where the sandbags and large structure washout were on Mile 121.

2006

December 31, 2006 - LouiseW
Wood pieces and large amount of land-based debris, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in driftline. Large amounts of rock exposed on beach, mostly around permitted concrete structure. Walked with C. Stevenson, OPRD, who had some concerns about drainage pipes and one structure. Moderate human impact (5)- surfing.read more
  • Map details where stairs and concrete structures are showing signs of washing out as well as rock exposure on the beach.