Mile 93 Report

November 10, 2012
by John Hull

Mouth of New River, Fourmile Creek
Saturday 1:00 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Big tire tracks in sand, too wide apart to be a normal ATV, more like an SUV
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:
Activity Comments:
Beach Walk Saturday, November 10th, 2012I walked down with LucieAnne and around to where we keep our dinghy, the Second Sea Sprite, tied to a myrtle tree. By then it was probably after one. It was sunny. A wind was coming from the south at five or ten miles an hour. I rowed our boat down Lower Fourmile Creek and North on the New River past the big old tree trunk (perhaps six or even eight feet in diameter) that has been a landmark on the eastern shore since we started living at the Lonely Plover. I pulled in across from a sandy spot on the west shore which I assumed was created by an old overtopping of the dunes. I thought it would be easier to land the dinghy there when I ferried everyone across.I called the house to let Blaine know I was in position as the vegetation has gotten so tall, I was uncertain if they could see me. After a couple of calls, each of which was diverted to her message box, I started walking back to the house, but I quickly encountered the three of them, Tony, Laurel, and Blaine coming down the BLM path towards the old tree.Tony took the oars and ferried Laurel across and left her standing on the West bank; then Tony took Blaine over and then he and I crossed. I don’t recall with whom Lucie went, probably with me. But when Tony and I crossed, I had to get out a couple of times as my weight grounded our little craft. The second time my somewhat incapable right leg didn’t get over the stern properly and I fell over backward into the water. Fortunately, I had placed both my phone and the camera in a plastic bag in my back pack. I will endeavor to always do that in the future. We crossed the dunes. I was barefoot, as is my want, while Tony was wearing tall rubber boots, later to be filled with water. The waves were not large even though they had been visible from the house in the morning. I was surprised to find nearly foot deep tracks in the sand, apparently made by an SUV. The space between them and their depth was too great to have been made by an ATV. It was the first time I had seen such tracks on the beach. We assumed they had been made by some government agency. We walked south, so this would be on what I think is mile 93. The sand was about a hundred yards wide and very clean. The only objects on the beach down near the surf were occasional jellies, clear and without color. There were gulls flying south over the surf and, for the first time I can recall, a big black crow was on the sand.We walked past the BLM kiosk with me taking pictures when Blaine suggested it was time to turn back. I was ready as I was wet and a bit cold from my dunking.Along the way Tony talked about the perch fishing which could be done from the beach and found a dead perch about a foot long on the sand. It had a tail exhibiting some pink. He told us about little crabs without claws that live under the sand and are good as bait for the perch. We told him how, years ago, I had met Farmer Gibbs on the beach while he was fishing for perch. He also picked up a shell and identified it as a razor clam and told us how to prepare them for eating. It was long and rectangular, brown and white in color. Eventually, we reached the point where our footprints crossed the dunes, and we turned east and found our skiff. Tony rowed both girls across at one time. Lucie swam across behind them. She is a tough little girl! Then Tony came back for me and I took the oars, suspecting he might be tired from pulling against both the wind and the current from the south.I found I could not make progress heading north toward the mouth of Lower Fourmile Creek and made the decision to beach us on the east bank. We hauled the boat up and walked back to the Plover with me carrying the oars. But before we reached the shore, Tony got out as we had run aground, and he also fell down and got pretty soaked while trying to haul us up. The water was less than a foot deep. All in all, it was a bit of an adventure for a couple of old men. The girls were lucky to make their crossing without taking on water from the rear as the stern, where both of them were sitting, only had about an inch of freeboard.I showed Tony where we stash the oars in the Kitchen Garden and urged him to use the dinghy anytime he wanted to.
Notable Wildlife:
Big black crow or raven on the sand.
Dead Birds:
Perch (identified by Tony, owner of the Crab Shack and fishing columnist in the Bandon Western World).
Fish & Invertebrates:
That dead perch was the first I can recall naturally occurring. (Had seen some years ago next to a fisherman.) there were some jellies down on the wet sand, clear and without color.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Took a picture of the dead perch.
Beach sand wide and clean with a few jellies on the wet sand. Found a dead perch. Single large crow/raven on sand (first time I've seen such a thing). Deep widely spaced tire tracks in sand, persumably made by an SUV or truck. They were about a foot deep. Never saw that before either.
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September 21, 2012 - H Witschi
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August 24, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 20, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 19, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 12, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 8, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
July 29, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: One metal drum (10 gallons?) with Japanese letters on EAST side of the dune, i.e. towards New River.
July 22, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Not more trash than before. Footprints on the beach but no people seen.
July 15, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Slightly more unidentifiable trash on beach. One dead sea lion pup (2 feet long).
June 29, 2012 - H Witschi
The first of a series of short reports to provide baseline information concerning the possible impact of Japanese tsunami debris on mile 93-95 of the Oregon coast: a floating dock was found on the...
June 7, 2012 - John Hull
Beach was pretty clean and narrow (due to high tide). One dead sea bird of unknown species (no head or chest present - do have photo). No signs of snowy plover protection areas. Shells on the dry...


November 11, 2011 - John Hull
Perfect weather, sunny and still. Coarse sand with pebbles. Largest waves, about five feet trough to crest. Mist over the water. Large clumps of bull kelp, a few gulls, a large flock of ducks over...
June 24, 2011 - H Witschi
Beach was remarkably clean with only crab carapaces and few rocks. To see people with dogs at the north end of Mile 93 was actually unusual for this isolated beach. Most of the time, this beach has...
June 1, 2011 - John Hull
Driftline had pieces of bull kelp every few yards. Plenty of small crab carapaces. Two gulls over an hours walk, both flying over the surf. Nine to twelve small birds that I think may have been...
May 3, 2011 - John Hull
Beach had no visitors but me. Wet sand was clean with very few individual bull kelp, shells, crab carapaces and sand dollars. One dead bird Western Gull)on the beach. Flocks of seabirds migrating...


September 27, 2010 - John Hull
The wet sand was pretty clean. There were numerous jellies and feathers, many small and white as well as larger one in darker colors. There were clumps of bull kelp here and there on the dry sand...
June 12, 2010 - John Hull
No people or signs of recent visits by them save ourselves. Driftline very clean. Found a glass float. Only about eight birds (gulls), one jelly. Plastic shards on dry sand and round plastic...
April 18, 2010 - John Hull
Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks,ocean-based debris, Styrofoam and about 50 round, plastic fishing floats in the driftline. One stretch of beach had a lot of crab parts. Three...
April 9, 2010 - John Hull
Broken shells, animal casings, small rocks, Styrofoam, ocean-based debris including three large incondescent light bulbs and two (linear and round) florescent bulbs and 20-50 plastic fishing floats...


November 1, 2009 - John Hull
Unexpected ATV tracks. A few shells, crab carapaces and an occasional kelp/algae in driftline. Only two plastic bottles, one piece of styrofoam, one small car tire half buried in wet sand and no...
October 22, 2009 - John Hull
Lots of driftwood at base of dunes. Four pieces of plastic (two retrieved) on dry sand. One piece of wood (two feet by four)and small auto tire on wet sand. Twenty to thirty gulls and an equal...
July 13, 2009 - John Hull
Very little on beach where water met the sand, no seaweed at all, few crab carapaces or clam shells, no flotsom or jetsom. Only signs of human activity there (besides the three of us and my dog)...
July 6, 2009 - John Hull
Beach very clean and except for short ATV tracks (probably predator control) and snowy plover nesting site postings. Very few shells and crab carapaces and four crab floats in driftline. No signs of...
May 26, 2009 - John Hull
Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, one small live fish and ocean-based debris (glass bottle, 6 fishing floats and plastic one-gallon containers) in driftline. Removed 4...
May 7, 2009 - John Hull
Few shells (clam and mussels), animal casings and clumps (crab) and clumps of kelp in driftline. Small amount of debris (plastic bottles, aluminum can, 4 glass bottles and fishing float). Bottle...


November 21, 2008 - John Hull
This is my first report on what I think might be mile 93, jogging south from the entrance of the Lower Fourmile Creek into the New River for fifteen minutes.Very little litter or shells, some kelp....


December 12, 2007 - H Witschi
No driftline or stranded or dead animals on beach. Low human impact (0).
November 5, 2007 - H Witschi
Very clean and untouched beach. Driftline rare and spotty and very thin. Two unidentifiable old bird carcasses. No human impact whatever.
September 16, 2007 - H Witschi
New River begins to fill up again, in places 100 to 150 feet wide and up to 4 feet deep (where it could be crossed without getting wet at time of last report). People seen crossed river by kayak or...
June 25, 2007 - H Witschi
New River at its lowest since winter 2000, can be crossed in several places without getting feet wet (between access point and river mouth to the north).Place looks the same as it did 12 years ago,...
March 21, 2007 - H Witschi
Road from parking lot to access point still flooded in places (see mile 94/95 from 3/17).New River can be forded with "ease", but water reaches at deepest point up to three to four feet. Driftline...


December 2, 2006 - H Witschi
Kelp, algae and animal castings in driftline. Dead birds: 1 Western Grebe and 2 Common Murre. 1 entangled dead Northern Fur Seal, reported to Marine Mammal Stranding Network and they collected the...
September 9, 2006 - H Witschi
No wrack line. 5 dead birds (2 Common Murre). Fewcrab shells. Very little trash. Low human impact (0).