Mile 120 Report

December 13, 2016
by mzlizee

Location:
Coos
Sunset Bay, Qochyax Island
Conditions:
Tuesday 11:45 PM
54° F
Wind:
Moderate from the E
Tide Level:
9.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
7
Sitting:
2
Fishing:
3
King Tide watching
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

King Tide observation at Sunset Beach.

Seawater upto rock breakwater at beach.  Water has not reached the cement walk in front of the bathrooms.

Tidewater covering lower portion of the beach boat ramp.

  • Very little beach remains at high tide.
    Sunset Beach, main parking area.
    December 13, 2016
  • Sunset Beach at King Tide, looking north to bathroom seawall, at 11:55 am.
    December 13, 2016
  • Sunset Bay Beach rock breakwater in front of main parking lot at 11:53
    December 13, 2016
  • Sunset Bay Beach at rocky breakwater in front of main parking lot - wave action against breakwater, at 11:56
    December 13, 2016
  • Sunset Bay Beach at north side beach boat ramp. Tide coming in over portions of the ramp at 11:57 am.
    December 13, 2016
Other Mile 120 Reports (17)

2020

January 11, 2020 - alaingamerica
Sunset Bay was overwhelmed by visitors presumably drawn by the "High Surf" warnings on their weather apps or, I suspect, by awareness of the "King Tide" phenomenon. Sunset Bay State Park day use area...
  • day use parking area damage
  • Broken sidewalk
  • Surfers drawn to King Tide?
  • Flooded Parking area
  • Surfing with the driftwood
  • Money Shot
  • Creek Feeding Sunset Bay

2018

October 6, 2018 - ronnijenni22
A lot of people have a good time on the beach...
August 4, 2018 - ronnijenni22
May 20, 2018 - ronnijenni22
A nice day at the beach. Lots of activity.

2017

January 21, 2017 - JohnnyCN
This area appeared to me to have been somewhat laid to waste by high waves along with rain which flooded the parking lots and, of course, the beach.  There were driftwood, rocks, high water and ...
January 11, 2017 - mzlizee
There's a lot of erosion at Sunset Bay beach.  The waves are crashing against the riprap in front of the parking lot at the beach, and where unprotected, the asphalt parking lot is being undermined....

2012

June 17, 2012 - LouiseW
This is the beach report for SCUUF. Five of us walked the mile. A high use beach with 121 people and nine dogs (80 walking, 5 playing in surf, 4 playing in sand, 4 sitting, 5 tidepooling, 2 surfing...
March 11, 2012 - LouiseW
This report is being filed for South Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF), who have adopted this mile. Two of us walked the mile. It was a windy day with threatening rain. We picked up...

2011

November 20, 2011 - LouiseW
Four of us from the UU Congregation did the walk today. Animal casings, kelp/algae, plastic pellets and very little trash in the driftline. Four Western Grebe and gulls. Thirty people walking (26),...
June 21, 2011 - SCUUFmile
Heavily used beach and picnic area with 300 people, walking, playing in the surf and sand, sitting, photographing, rockhunting, tidepooling, surfing, kayaking fishing and paddleboarding but no one on...
May 22, 2011 - SCUUFmile
Typical nice day in May for one of the most special places on Oregon coast (Sunset Bay). Pileated Woodpecker, Wren Tits, Winter Wren, Song Sparrow were seen on the mile. About 65 people walking on...
February 13, 2011 - wowunupo
A very light driftline. Twenty people on the beach walking and taking photographs. Four dogs. No notable wildlife.

2010

December 5, 2010 - wowunupo
This is the first official mile report from the South Coast Unitarian-Universalists since we gave up mile 128 and switched to mile 120. On mile 128, we were able to walk the entire one mile on the...

2008

January 13, 2008 - yogabigail
A beautiful sunny day where everyone was safely enjoying the coast! Kelp,shells, small rocks, wood pieces and land-based debris in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to dogs. Geese in the air...

2007

September 17, 2007 - yogabigail
People out enjoying the beach with their pets and kids. A beautiful day and everyone had a happy grin breathing this fresh air and soaking up the sunshine. The walkway along the road is much more...
June 28, 2007 - yogabigail
Looked good and people were really having a great time playing frisbee, jogging and swiming. Everyone looked respectful of our beautiful shoreline. We all had smiles on our faces, and the 2 dogs we...
January 21, 2007 - yogabigail
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, eel grass and small rocks in driftline. Canadian Geese swimming in Sunset Bay, Western Gulls on shore. Landslide on side of bay. Tidal surge deposited stones on...
  • Cape Arago Lighthouse as viewed from the south.
  • These climbers were violating Park rules by climbing on the cliff face and using a hammer to make holds.
  • This picture shows a new landslide on the south side of Sunset Bay.  Also shown is a kayaker on the bay.