Mile 125 Report

January 17, 2013
by rubygoes

North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
Thursday 12:00 PM
54° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
1.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
3 wood cutting
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
a call to state parks; probably permitee
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
one man walking, parked on bluff above, legal3 men cutting up large driftwood log
Notable Wildlife:
small, infrequent clumps of seaweed;no dead birds or mammals observed;many crab shells, a few whole
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
no dead fish seen; shell casings normal
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
2 large styrofoam buoys, about 1 1/2" high on their sides
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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. Filled 2 grocery bags and strapped them to horse. Also found a length of new blue rope, about 12 feet, intricately tied with sailor's knots at each end, and packed that out. Much cleaner today than on most visits. I contacted State Parks and BLM to find out what their requirements are for wood cutters. People wantingto cut driftwood do need to apply for a permit, and I assume the 3 men I saw had one. Shells, crab casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, land- and ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in the driftline. One person walking. One dog.
Other Mile 125 Reports (9)


September 9, 2012 - rubygoes
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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....


December 19, 2009 - rubygoes
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...


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