Mile 123

Bastendorff Beach east half, South Jetty Coos Bay
Coos County

Latitude: 43.350855109260
Longitude: -124.347030313400
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.

  • Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the Dunes NRA boundary (43° 26.2074', Mile 130), southerly to the south jetty at Coos Bay (43° 21.1158', Mile 123).
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Bastendorff Beach east half, South Jetty Coos Bay
Mile 123 Reports (33)

2013

August 22, 2013 - Sarita
There were three new observations on this walk. First, there were 2 tent sites (one above the beach near a rest room, and the other near the road at the creek's edge) Second, the enormous number of wood chips was significant; a State Park Service person suggested they might have...read more
February 24, 2013 - Sarita
Beach configuration evolving with a now scallop curved shoreline. Sand is building up by the jetty and is probably about 15-20 feet deeper than 6 months ago.The creek was very low, and the number of birds also low. The surf was high, and sand was visible in the waves. Many...read more

2012

November 10, 2012 - Sarita
MANY PEOPLE (36)AND DOGS (18) CAME AND WENT DURING OUR WALK. THERE WERE NO VEHICLE VIOLATIONS, BUT VEHICLE TRACKS WERE SEEN ON THE BEACH AND THERE ARE ROADWAYS LEADING TO THE BEACH. TWO HORSES AND RIDERS WALKED AND TROTTED DOWN THE BEACH. EVIDENCE OF BEACH CAMPING. IN THE DRIFTLINE THERE...read more
August 11, 2012 - Sarita
The beach was almost completely free of litter. However, there are close to 50 old campfire areas up and down the southern part of mile 123, covered by blowing sand. There were four different tracks coming from different portions of the foredunes. Nearly 30 gulls flying north over the beach...read more
May 5, 2012 - Sarita
The beach was swept clean, with a few scattered algae piles, and a few large logs. Shell fragments scattered across the entire beach. The driftline was closer to the foredune than usual. Brown Pelicans, cormorants and gulls. Foredune erosion. Many people, and dogs, were enjoying a sunny, but very windy...read more

2011

December 1, 2011 - Sarita
Human activity was minimal on this cold windy day. There was however, a couple feeding about a dozen gulls, and another 9-10 hardy folks. There is clear evidence of continuing violations by trucks and ATVs driving on the beach.Two Common Murres, and an immature Mew Gull were on the driftline...read more
August 16, 2011 - Sarita
On this beautiful, warm, calm day, the beach was amazingly free of debris. Only a smattering of shell fragments, crab shells, and patches of dried eel grass. A couple of dessicated sea palms, and a couple of seasonal bull kelp were in the driftline. One feather duster was being washed...read more
May 18, 2011 - Sarita
On this lovely morning at the water's edge were: rock weed, bull kelp, piles of eel grass, about 6 feather boas, crab and clam shells. Also, there were many human dug holes (for clamming?) for about 250 yards from the stream north, and also many holes south of the jetty...read more
January 12, 2011 - Sarita
Bastendorff beach was swept clean by winds and high tides. Little, 2-3 inch, pedestals of sand,topped with a shell fragment or small rock were very common in the still damp areas of the beach. These little structures attested to recent strong winds. The foredune destruction by ATVs continues; there are...read more

2010

December 8, 2010 - Sarita
There was a remarkable abundance of charcoal-colored cobbles (basalt, sandstone?) probably exposed by recent storms, along the beach. Another unusual find were piles of, most likely, young Bull Kelp. These rope-like sections were only finger sized, but very long and all tangled together. They were probably brought to the beach...read more
September 24, 2010 - Sarita
Beautiful day, with many folks (about 25 on beach at any given time), going and coming and enjoying the beach. Dogs were mostly leashed and well behaved. Vehicle numbers changed at each entry point, but there were about 10 all together most of the time. There were 2 stranded CSLs...read more
June 29, 2010 - Sarita
There were people coming and going during our walk, with an average of 35 people, and 11 dogs. Sand above the driftline was dimpled with footprints, and had campfire remains with trash including firecrackers, beer cans etc. Clearly heavy use the preceding 24 hours. Pacific Mole Crabs (dead and alive)...read more
May 18, 2010 - Sarita
There has been a great deal of sand movement. The area on the south side of the jetty has filled in and, at this very low tide, one could walk to within about 150 yards of the last spur of the jetty. This new sand extends about 1/4 mile south...read more
February 25, 2010 - Sarita
The beach, below the driftline was remarkably clean. There was a delicate cream colored foam being brought in by the waves. Shells, kelp/algae and charcoal fragments in the driftline. Probably 20 feet or so from the high tide line on down the beach, significant numbers of rocks (approx.8-15 inches in...read more

2009

October 30, 2009 - Sarita
Bastendorff Beach continues to have its dunes/foredunes deteriorated by vehicular traffic. This has now produced roads in the dunes, and onto the beach that will probably be permanent unless traffic is stopped. Robin Sears, South Coast Beach Ranger was notified about an SUV, with teens and dogs on the beach...read more
September 2, 2009 - Sarita
The heavy load of algae, including very large bull kelp, sea palms, eel grass, sea lettuce and small wood pieces suggest a storm, or strong current at work. One area was characterized by dead crabs that appeared to have been cooked; there were mostly legs filled with white flesh, and...read more
July 20, 2009 - Sarita
A chilly, foggy day with few people. It is a continuing concern to see: the increasing human and dog waste pollution, trash and litter, and destruction of the dunes by 4 wheel drive vehicles. The ocean herself, of course, is always beautiful, inspiring, and the driftline and incoming tide fascinating...read more
June 1, 2009 - Sarita
It was a calm, lovely day with a very clean beach, except for litter (including rusting bed springs) near easiest access points. Four dead Common Murre were near the drift line on the beach, probably deposited by a recent high tide. Shells, animal casings, moon jellies, kelp/algae (sea sack, sea...read more
January 19, 2009 - Sarita
The usual fire remains and tire ruts marred the lovely beach. On this warm, sunny MLK Day holiday over a hundred people were enjoying the beach (80 walking, 8 playing in surf, 20 sitting, 2 crabbing and 2 skim boarding). I saw no violations, except the occasional dog chasing a...read more

2008

December 23, 2008 - Sarita
A cool, but relatively calm day with a small number of people (10) and dogs (5) enjoying beach.There was a KEZI 9 Eugene newscaster's SUV on beach in violation of posted rule. The destruction of the foredune continues despite posted signs saying no driving on beach.Gulls, Canada Geese and a...read more
October 30, 2008 - Sarita
The high tide water mark was at base of foredune, and driftline was higher than we've ever seen. The amount of sea weed and kelp was also notable, large piles up and down the beach. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces, land-based debris and charcoal from fires in the driftline...read more
June 17, 2008 - Pat&RobertaSmit
June 17 We walked Bastendorff beach around 7pm and saw hundreds of brown pelicans sitting on the spit at the southern end of the beach. There were many more in the air, most diving for fish. June 10 during a walk along Bastendorff beach around 7pm we found a dead...read more
  • Cormorant was found on Bastendorff beach on Jul 6 at round about 7 pm.Breeding plumage: white patches on the bird's flanks and the red patch at the base of its bill.
  • Hundreds of brown pelicans on the spit at the southern end of Bastendorff beach, Coos Bay. There were many more birds in the air mostly diving for fish. We have not seen this kind of activity before on Bastendorff beach.
  • Before diving the pelicans more or less hover in the air as they peer into the water below before they actually dive.
  • This is the second of two shots. The first shows this bird getting ready to dive. This was taken moments later as he headed for the water.

2007

November 22, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pieces and small amounts of sea grass in driftline. Shore birds moving in response to humans/dogs. Gulls and crows in and around shoreline. High tides reaching the foredune. Vehicles still accessing restricted beach from parking areas and near jetty. Very little litter. Heavy human impact...read more
August 5, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Stream bed was dry. Bed-spring lodged in rocks below road. Heavy human impact (89)- 31 walking, 20 playing in surf, 35 sitting and 3 surfing. 4 dogs.read more
July 15, 2007 - JoAnne
Animal casings in the driftline. One dead Harbor Seal and one dead bird. Increased tire tracks on beach. Fireworks on beach and prohibited vehicle on beach. High human impact (86)- 35 walking, 16 playing in surf, 10 playing in sand, and 25 sitting. 17 dogs.read more
June 30, 2007 - JoAnne
Light driftline of kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and shells. Three bags of land-based debris. Fewer than usual tire tracks on beach. Very heavy human impact (120)- 54 walking, 28 playing in surf, 32 sitting and 6 flying kites.read more
April 18, 2007 - JoAnne
Little in the driftline. Two decomposed pinnipeds were washed ashore during the storm. One carcass was larger, and I at first thought it was a sea lion, but it would have had to been a young one. Large areas of exposed large rocks. Erosion of foredunes. I hadn't observed what...read more
April 10, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae and small rocks in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to people and dogs. Badly decomposed Rhinoceros Auklet,Sea Gull and Sea Lion on beach. There was an obvious decrease in tire tracks which was a plus. I didn't notice anything out of place. No fires. Not much litter. Six wooden...read more
February 4, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae and wood pieces in driftline. One unknown dead bird. Dune modification. Removed two bags of litter. Heavy human impact (43)-30 walking, 3 playing in surf, 4 sitting, 5 surfing, 1 kiteflying. 15 dogs. A small pick-up truck driving on beach outside allowed area. Surfers erected a tent on beach...read more
  • This map details where the surfers tent and pallets are located.
January 27, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae and logs in driftline. One unknown dead bird. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to people and dogs. Heavy human impact (52)-41 walking and 11 sitting, 15 dogs. Dune modification due to driving over dune onto sand. Tire ruts in sand. Reported to ODPR increased vehicle traffic on closed beach...read more
  • Map of Mile 123 showing where the tire tracks from wheelies were in the sand.
January 20, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae, shells, small rocks, wood pieces. Land-and ocean-based debris and styrofoam block in driftline. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to dogs. Dune nodification due to recent storms and increase in 4-wheelers driving over smaller dunes onto the beach. Erosion of vegetated foredune and newly exposed roots/trees falling. One unknown dead...read more
  • Map detailing where the pickup was on the sand and where the 4-wheel drive treads were erroding the sand dunes.

2006

October 8, 2006 - JoAnne
Bull kelp knots and large amounts of eelgrass on the beach. Three dead Common Murre. High human impact (55)-28 walking, 5 playing in surf, 9 playing in sand, 8 sitting, 1 surfing and 4 boogy boarding in stream, 3 dogs, 1 dune buggy on dunes behind beach. Large number of tire tracks on beach.read more
  • Lots of evidence people are driving on the sand.  I spotted one dune buggy driving above the dunes between the parking lots and the beach.
July 30, 2006 - JoAnne
Small amount of seaweed and kelp in driftline. Large amount of broken shells and small rocks near South Jetty of the Coos. Moderate amount of broken shells and rocks to the south of the stream. 2 dead birds. Foraging shorebirds moving frequently in response to humans and dogs. High human...read more
  • Rough map of Mile 123, showing 5 parking areas, jetty, bluffs