Mile 125 Report

December 19, 2009
by rubygoes

North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
Saturday 2:30 PM
56° F
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
The only sign of animal life was brokenclam and mussel shells.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
timber, large and small, and lumber, mostly treated
New Development:
Natural Changes:
foredune erosion from winter storms. wave action visible today, 2 2/2 hrs. after high tide. beach closed off at one point by waves hitting foredune.
No. But how would treated lumber enter the ocean?The timber that washes down into the rivers during winter storms certainly causes a hazard to boaters.However, it makes the beach more interestingwhen tree trunks are tossed up that stand higher than myhorse's back! Mile 125/126 had eight of these huge partial trunks lying at the driftline.
12/19 was supposed to be stormy, but instead gave us a warm 56 high temp. and a partially sunnyday. Although the tide was outgoing, the surf wasso high that I did not risk exploring all of 126.My newly assigned Mile 125 begins at Coos Bay'sNorth Jetty. The jetty underwent a mammoth rein-forcement project all of last Spring, a caravanof trucks running back and forth 6 days a week with their enormous rocks to get the job done.Recent storms have deposited more timber thanhas been seen in the last 5 years by this milewatcher. Tree trunks taller than my horse'sback seem stuck in the driftline, perhaps 10or so. Smaller trunks, some as long as 18ft. lay beside limbs of all widths and lengths.All of this lies in the vicinity of the wreck ofthe George Olson, uncovered by the elements in 2007, and now reclaimed by sand. Enough treated lumber to build a garage had also found its way onto the beach. A few pieces on each walk would not be an unusual sight, but this lumber was surely dumped purposely. Much of itwas studded with nails, a real hazard later inthe 2010 when it is partially covered by sand. Onedead tire was spotted, and every imaginable typeof plastic littered the beach. No dead birds oranimals. Clumps of eelgrass were everywhere, and a flockof Sanderlings were enjoying the beach in theirown way, which is so enjoyable to watch. One distubing observation is the increasing number of trucks and ATV's, accessing the sand road off the Trans Pacific Highway, who are allowing their dogs to run loose as they proceed. The dogs are out of the control of their owners and are a potential menace to other beach/dune users. I noted on thisride that 3 dogs, accompanying an ATV, veered down into the wide expanse of afterduneand flushed a covey of grouse, then giving chase.I would like State Parks personnel to considersigns along the road that might help prevent wildlife from being harrassed.
Other Mile 125 Reports (9)


January 17, 2013 - rubygoes
A perfect day at the beach. Miles 125 and 126 were wide and appeared swept clean at low tide. Walking along the bluff, however, there was a great deal of plastic debris, mostly bottles and jugs....


September 9, 2012 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125 were much cleaner than usual. There was an absence of any rope or nets. Orange Styrofoam chunks were plentiful, as were aqua blue Styrofoam pieces, most approx. 1x1' size. Not...


December 17, 2011 - rubygoes
This was an eventful Coast Watch excursion. The1945 wreck of the George Olsen was still visible,due to little storm activity at the time of myvisit on 12/17. Other than two very large treetrunks...
September 19, 2011 - rubygoes
9/19 was spectacularly beautiful, perfect for a Coast Watch report. No other people on the beach. I am puzzled by thousands of tiny jellyfish that ride up onto the beach with every wave. They...
June 20, 2011 - rubygoes
June 20 was an absolutely beautiful day with a very low tide that made riding there on the hard sand a joy. And I had the beach to myself...not another soul to be seen. ATV tracks in the Snowy...


September 26, 2010 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125, those just north of the north jetty on Coos Bay, must certainly retain their title of the filthiest miles in Oregon. Litter pick up here is like trying to drain the ocean with a...
May 6, 2010 - rubygoes
May 6th was as perfect a day as Nature can provide for enjoying our beautiful Oregon Coastline: cobalt blue sea, waves to 3", picture perfect waves crashing into blazingly brilliant white surf, all...
March 7, 2010 - rubygoes
The wreck of the George Olson, that 2008 smash sensation, lay covered up last year, but now it's back. Not too impressive, but there. Its one visible side stands 4' at the bow, 2' at the stern....


March 12, 2008 - flotsam
This mile appears to be unadopted. I submit this report to provide some photos of the wreck of the purported George L. Olson.
  • View of the bow of the George L. Olson wreck
  • Starboard side of the hull