Mile 129

Horsfall Beach on North Spit, directly west of Jordan Cove
Coos County

Latitude: 43.426795087385
Longitude: -124.292305250160
Vehicles:
  • 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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Horsfall Beach on North Spit, directly west of Jordan Cove
Mile 129 Reports (33)

2018

July 1, 2018 - mzlizee
  • Human Activity:  Higher than usual numbers of people. 1 equestrian.
  • Shoreline Wildlife:  1 dead Harbour Porpoise;1 dead large jellyfish
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  • Harbour Porpoise.1
  • Harbor Porpoise.2
  • Harbor Porpoise.3
  • Harbor Porpoise.4
  • Jellyfish
  • Harbour Porpoise Skull from above
  • Harbor Porpoise Skull from above.1
  • Harbour Porpoise skull from underside

2017

December 4, 2017 - mzlizee

Lovely calm day at the beach.  King Tide unimpressive (see photo).Total of 6 beach walkers with 5 dogs on the beach.  One birdwatcher.

Driftline was mostly clear of debris.  Some small pieces of white plastic and styrofoam.  No dead critters.read more

  • King Tide at Mile 129, Oregon Coast
November 4, 2017 - mzlizee
  • Living Dangerously
September 29, 2017 - mzlizee

A great deal of bullwhip kelp on beach - see photoread more

  • Bullwhip kelp piles up on Horsfall Beaches.
  • Dead fish (1) found in shoreline.
  • Gelatinous-like invertebrates (?) at shoreline.
August 21, 2017 - mzlizee
  • Dead skate
August 17, 2017 - mzlizee
  • Vegetation growing on beach infront of foredunes.
August 13, 2017 - mzlizee

Large dead mammal.  Dessicated and gelatinous.  Dinner for 12 turkey vultures.  Had my dog with me so didn't get very close.  Appeared to be large sea lion or small elephant seal.  Head pretty well consumed, no flippers left.read more

  • Mammal carcass.
  • skull
  • scapulae
July 29, 2017 - mzlizee

Just a quiet foggy day at the beach.

Had the place to ourselves.read more

  • The sign is back up!
March 28, 2017 - mzlizee

Someone's been decorating my beach.read more

  • Beach Deco
  • Beach Deco2
  • Beach Deco3
March 10, 2017 - mzlizee

Gorgeous early evening Friday, sun headed to the horizon, calm breeze, low tide - bliss.read more

  • Sun meeting the horizon - gloriious.  Looking south.
  • Calm, peaceful evening beach.  Looking north.
January 10, 2017 - mzlizee
  • King Tide
  • Foredune erosion

2016

December 24, 2016 - mzlizee

(Viewed 12/24/2016; Report filed 12/30/2016.)  The storms have brought in a larger than usual amount of trash, logs/wood debris, styrofoam, bottles - plastic and glass, some floats, some sort of plastic pallet.  Mile 130 is relatively cleaner than this 129.  I'm thinking I'll organize my friends for my own beach cleanup...read more

December 12, 2016 - mzlizee

Down to the beach for King Tide event.read more

February 15, 2016 - mzlizee

There appears to be a sunken vessel at approximately the south end of Mile 129, possibly in Mile 128. Informed by Ryan Parker, beach ranger, that it is the Sara Jo. Tide was coming in and I was not able to get a good close up photo with my Droid....read more

  • Rusty metal structure. Looks like the shape of a vessel approximately 35' in length.
January 4, 2016 - mzlizee

One dead cormorant observed (photo). Foredunes losing sand; beach now at 30 degree angle.read more

  • ATV sign burial
  • Trail sign burial
  • Cormorant

2015

November 2, 2015 - mzlizee
July 2, 2015 - mzlizee
Bright and sunny inland with wet fog at shoreline, brightening as you move inland toward the dunes. 4th of July weekend and the promise of a very busy sunny day at the beach. With inland (I5) temps very high we expect many tourists to the area over the weekend.read more

2013

February 8, 2013 - mzlizee
Warm and calm behind the foredunes, but on the beach cold and windy. Ocean active with numerous large-ish waves. Only a couple of birds on the beach. Numerous waterbirds, including geese behind the foredunes.read more

2012

August 30, 2012 - mzlizee
As usual a very clean and quiet beach, although my visit was on Thursday at midday. The outgoing surf was small but busy. Shells, animal casings in driftline. Only one person and a dog on the beach. It was a glorious sunny day except for the usually windy afternoon conditions...read more
  • As usual, well populated.
March 4, 2012 - mzlizee
A spectacular day on the beach. Don't we live in a glorious area? Most users were teenagers, presumably due to the high school basketball tournament this weekend.The beach was fairly clear of trash. There was a higher amount than usual of driftwood, some of which had been chopped or chain...read more
  • Approximately 8% grade to beach from foredune out.
  • These guys were seen in the wet sand areas.

2011

June 26, 2011 - mzlizee
The day was gloriously sunny and warm(!). We were surprised how well populated the area just over the dune from the parking lot was. M129, one mile south of the parking lot, was quiet. Good for us! The ocean was fairly flat, the breeze light, and we enjoyed a snack...read more
January 2, 2011 - mzlizee
I watch the crabbers in their boats just past the waveline. Their white forms are intermitently visible, then disappear except for the mast, as the waves seem to consume them. A crabbing vessel heads north. It looks like a small flat raft - the Kon Tiki! Then it turns slightly,...read more

2010

October 13, 2010 - mzlizee
As usual a very quiet beach. We were the only people on our stretch of beach, and it was a blessedly beautiful day. The lone vehicle was a street legal truck that was travelling about 25 mph - boo hiss. The only manmade item was the usual driftwood hut.The beachline...read more
April 24, 2010 - mzlizee
Such a wonderful day at the beach. After a walk to the farther end of our mile, we found the perfect sand drift to lounge on. We enjoyed reading in the sun and a snack. The beach is at about a 6 degree slope, and except for a few large...read more
February 22, 2010 - mzlizee
Quiet, clean and private are the best adjectives for Mile 129 today. No trash, no flotsam. The beach in front of the foredune is gently sloped at less than 6 degrees. The tide was out. The inside waves were small and quiet but the outside waves looked quite large. I...read more

2008

November 30, 2008 - mzlizee
The ocean was impressively turbulent. Most visitors did not venture as far as our beach, probably due to the ferocity of the ocean, and the very high tide, allowing little safe beach passage. We picked up as much debris as we could carry, including plastic lattice fencing, rope, plastic bottles...read more
  • This driftwood fort has been standing all summer and fall.  It lies at the northernmost section of our beach.
  • The usual large amount of driftwood at the Northern end of our beach.
  • Common Murre
July 23, 2008 - mzlizee
Another beautiful, if windy day at the beach. Shells, animal casings (numerous crab carapaces), kelp/algae, wood pieces, land-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Frothy green algae in surf. Shorebirds moving in response to humans. Numerous Western Gulls, and a few Brown Pelicans, Turkey Vultures and Crows. The tourists are here!...read more
June 12, 2008 - mzlizee
Overall the beach, while well-used on this day, is a quiet beach. The sun was peaking through, and a number of people were out enjoying the warmth. I took the opportunity to run with the dog. All dogs (3) were either on leash, or under excellent voice control.The most noticable...read more
March 24, 2008 - mzlizee
A lovely day at the beach. Cool with a light breeze. Spring Break crowds at the access parking lot, but our mile was empty of people/dogs, except for we three - Mike, Liz, and Izzy-the-dog. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae in the driftline. Small shorebird flocks of Sanderlings and Dunlin moving...read more
  • Sanderlings and one larger Dunlin are shown in this picture.

2007

September 21, 2007 - mzlizee
Our beach was remarkably clean. No trash, and only 2 plastic bottles. The foredune is eroding. The topography comes off of the foredune at 90 degrees, then the beach levels off to a mesa-like flat area that is approximately 50 yards wide. There is then another drop off at about...read more
June 27, 2007 - mzlizee
A glorious day at the beach, worthy of an Oregon travelog. There was remarkably little trash on the beach-hooray! I witnessed only appropriate people use, although ATV tracks divulged some recent disallowed use. I saw Western Sandpipers, Snowy Plover, Whimbrels, Long-Billed Curlew, Osprey, Common Crows and Ring-billed Gulls. Doggies were...read more
  • Beach overview at Mile 129
  • ATV tracks in the sand show that there has been some illegal ATV use on this beach.
  • A flock of Western Sandpipers on Mile 129
  • Shorebirds on Mile 129
  • Seal pup warning sign posted.
  • Osprey on Mile 129.
  • Mile 129 showing driftwood and foredunes.
March 11, 2007 - mzlizee
Shells, animal casings, single and knotted bull kelp, small rocks, wood pieces and plastic bottles in driftline. Erosion of vegetated foredune. Western Gulls and Sanderlings on beach. 1 sand crab. Two dead American Coot. Heavy human impact(31)-17 walking/running, 2 sandboarding, 10 riding in vehicles in allowed area. 4 dogs. 5...read more

2006

December 15, 2006 - mzlizee
Huge knots of bull kelp, red lettuce algae and wood pieces in driftline. Clam shells and broken sand dollars on beach. Beach slopes gently to abrupt edge of foredune. Sand has been removed since November. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to humans. Living Surf Scoters, Western Grebes and gulls observed...read more