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CoastWatch Mile 106
Bullards Beach, west of Fahys Lake
N 43° 10.912', W 124° 24.17' to N 43° 10.115', W 124° 24.464'
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Whisky Run Beach to Coquille River (2)
• Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from Fivemile Point (43° 13.2228', Mile 109), southerly to the northerly beach access parking area at Bullards Beach State Park (43° 08.9484', Mile 104).
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Typical Mile 106 Beach 10/13/07
7 REPORTS FOR MILE 106:
Apr 14, 2013 9:00 AM
This is a flat mile of shoreline with a short rise into the dunes. There is very little evidence of activity, tire tracks or footprints. A great deal of driftwood at the high tide line. The creek at south end of 107 was running moderately and very clear. There is little rock distribution on the beach at this time. Quite a bit of bullwhip kelp. Seagulls and Sanderlings feeding on shore. Shells, animal casings, wood pieces, plastic pellets, ocean-based debris (plastic bottles, glass jars, plastic sheeting and bags) and Styrofoam also in the driftline. Evidence of wave overtopping and erosion of the foredune. Two people with three dogs rockhunting. Removed two bags of debris from the beach.
Sep 22, 2010 3:04 PM
The carcass of a humpback whale washed up here, September 1. According to a 9/3
Coos Bay World article
, it "may be the same one that became tangled in commercial crab pot lines off the Washington Coast... in May". The carcass is about 2.8 miles south of the Whisky Run access. (World article incorrectly puts it two miles north.) At this point there's not much to see, or even much to smell -- just a big pile of blubber. It'll be interesting to check here in a year or so to see what's left.
Carcass of humpback whale
There's not much to see, or even much to smell -- just a big pile of blubber. It'll be interesting to check here in a year or so to see what's left.
N 43° 10.285, W 124° 24.444
Feb 15, 2009 2:00 PM
Cool calm day in the middle of President's weekend. Human activity seemed high for this mile, six in four active vehicles. Other vehicle tracks indicated heavy prior usage. Two vehicles disturbed shorebirds. Foredune erosion observed and heavy logs were high on the beach. Lots of razor clam shells in the wrack line. Moon jellies were also noted. A driftwood structure, previously reported to Oregon State Parks, was demolished. We hauled out about 30 pounds of trash, mostly plastic bottles.
Oct 13, 2008 1:30 PM
Beautiful day, 10 mph northerly winds and sunshine. There were numerous piles of Bull Kelp, probably from the early October storms. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Black Turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers virtially eliminated the insect populations near the piles. A driftwood structure was enhanced. Found and reported evidence of recent fires in the driftwood pile and collected about 10 pounds of trash. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, ocean-based debris, float and rope in driftlines. Low human impact (4)-2 walking. Two vehicles on allowed beach.
Driftwood Structure - southern end of mile 106
This structure had been partially disassembled in our last visit, but has been rebuilt. Fire evidence was greater and trash was more extensive.
Southern end of Mile 106 in low point of dunes
Floats and Ropes with Permit Tag
2006-07 Permit #96210, Tier #500, Tag #425
Mid-Mile 106, near high tide line
May 26, 2008 11:00 AM
Cloudy day and calm winds. Beach was relatively clean. A few individual kelp were at the tide line along with the usual shells, crabs bits, small rocks and wood pieces. Wildlife absent except for one Sanderling. Erosion of vegetated foredune. Human activity low (3)-1 walking and 2 in vehicle in allowed area. Evidence of recent vehicle traffic and a fire in a driftwood pile was found and put out. Removed about six pounds of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other plastic.
Typical foredune erosion Mile 106
From the northern half of the mile. Most of the dunes were unaffected.
North of mid-mile, Mile 106
Demolished driftwood structure with past fire evidence
Driftwood structure on the southern end of the mile previously shown in a mile report was demolished sometime after Jan. 1, 2008 and a fire was started in the driftwood pile as shown in the foreground of the photo.
Southern end of Mile 106
Jan 1, 2008 1:00 PM
Great way to start the New Year. After the recent severe storms, the beach was relatively clean. Logs and debris were high near the foredune but not much different in quantity from our earlier visit. Dune erosion was not evident. Wildlife was scarce, just a few birds (Killdeer and Western Gulls). Driftline was primarily bird feathers and small pieces of wood. We also hauled out about 10 pounds of ocean-borne plastic bits, pieces and bottles. Signs prohibiting vehicles on mile 104 gone. A SUV drove south to Bandon Jetty.
Oct 13, 2007 11:30 AM
This was our inaugural trip on our adopted mile. Since no reports had previously been filed, we came with camera, notepad, trash bags and provisions. We approached from the south at Bullard's beach, still nearly a 2-mile trek before getting to our mile and stopped within sight of Cut Creek which is in Mile 107. Wonderful day, clear, calm. Sanderlings were in the hundreds. Gulls flew over the area to congregate at Cut Creek where there were several hundred drinking and rinsing in the fresh water. Seaweed piles were on the beach from storms 3 days before, but they were not as numerous as miles 104 and 105. Only two people were seen, driving legally but in the surfline disturbing the Sanderlings. One Snowy Plover was seen. One Northern Fulmar was dead at the surfline. The beach and dunes appeared natural. Plants other than beach grass were very rare. Two areas of the dunes were lower and collected large amounts of driftwood. In one of these areas at the southern end of the mile, a 10x10 structure had been built out of the wood. Trash was more prevalent in that area. We hauled out about 30 pounds from the mile, mostly plastic bottles washed in from the ocean. More waste remains. Interestingly, we found an intact 12-inch, 500-watt light bulb from the Ushio company and an empty rusted tin of crackers (both with Japanese markings).
Typical Mile 106 Beach
Approximately slightly north of the mile midpoint
Typical Mile 106 Dune
Approximately at the mile midpoint
Approximate 10x10 shelter with door, interior shelf, and roof ribbing for tarp.
At southern end of Mile 106
Rear of shelter is at the top of the photo, rusted water heater-sized cylinder at the bottom.
At southern end of Mile 106
Dead Northern Fulmar
Dead Northern Fulmar at the surfline. Only dead bird observed.
Possibly Yellow Sand Verbena, but this was about the only one of these seen besides the beachgrass.