Mile 125 Report

May 6, 2010
by rubygoes

North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
Thursday 11:30 AM
67° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
BLM patrol
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
Activity Comments:
BLM ranger Theresa Bolch on patrol with seasonal assistant, Morgan. They had filled their vehicle with recyclable litter from mile 125, while checking on thearea set aside for Snowy Plover nesting. BLM did notuse orange plastic fencing this year, but placed stakesabout every 300 feet warning people away. The two trucks hauling ATVs were traveling on the sand roadlegally. I do not know their destination, but the beach is well posted at both ends that there may be no motorized vehicles until Sept. 15.
Notable Wildlife:
A few gulls in flight. A flock of 7Semipalmated Sandpipers temporarilymoved away from my horse. They were closely followed by 2 Sanderlings.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
The waterline left a trail of broken sand dollars, clam shells, and crab shells both whole a broken. Small black rocks, volcanic looking. A few prettystones.
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
2 tires, 2 pallets, an assortment of light bulbs. Plastics of all types, and many glass bottles. Whiskey decanters.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
BLM employees I encountered agreed with me that Miles125 and 126 seem to catch most of the trash on the beach. These miles are the 2 closest to the North Jettyon the North Spit. The current seems to concentrate ahorrific amount of trash here. I have spoken to a SOLVrepresentative about holding a pickup day here, and also a supervisor for State Parks, but the overridingproblem is transportation of workers to this area. I will contact Theresa Bolch to see if BLM has any way to do this. A local Boy Scout troop, for instance, could really make a difference if they adopted thesemiles for regular litter pickup.
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 enjoyed at low tide. A flock of 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers, closely followed by twoSanderlings. Other than a few gulls, the birdlife was elsewhere today. Snowy Plover habitat marked by signs and stakes. Shells, animal casings(crab),broken sand dollars, Styrofoam, and land- and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Sadly, Miles 125 and 126 seem to catch more than their share of trash. I spoke with BLM veteran Theresa Bolch during my ride. She and her seasonal assistant, Morgan, had picked up all the recyclables in that stretch only the day before, and yet high tide had planted a whole new crop of every conceivableplastic as well as 2 pallets, 2 tires, 8 whiskey decanters of one type, and buckets. I disabled the buckets by removing their bails, then collected 2 bags to haul home on my saddle. Most curious and confounding was the plethora of large red light bulbs, as well as mercury vapor bulbs and florescents, and small incandescents. It seems these would be tempting for a sea mammal to taste, and the results would be terrible. The Coastal Conference, beginning withthe slide show/lecture by photographer Gary Braasch, was so informative and well done. Thepresentation by Lincoln City Mayor Lori Hollingsworth was one town with smart leadership and determination can reduce its carbon footprint. And the new movie just out, "Oceans", is a must-see for all Coast Watchers, and anyone who cares about this earth...our only home.
Other Mile 125 Reports (9)


January 17, 2013 - rubygoes
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September 9, 2012 - rubygoes
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December 17, 2011 - rubygoes
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September 19, 2011 - rubygoes
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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...
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