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Beachcombing on the Oregon Coast

April 10th, 2017

A Guide to the Best Places for Beachcombing by

The following is a list of locations for finding treasures. While there is no guarantee on what you will find but you can count on some some fun while enjoying the hunt!


Winter and early spring at low tide are the best times to search.

* Cannon Beach, long, sloping sandy beach.

* Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, north of Oceanside on the Three Capes Loop, cobble pocket beach near rocky headland.

* Oceanside beach, park in paved parking lot at north end of town.

* Beverly Beach, north of Newport.

* Lost Creek beach, south of Newport

* Cape Perpetua, cobble pocket beach near rocky headland.

* Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint, south of Yachats, check beach and creek.

* Strawberry Hill, south of Yachats, long, sloping, sandy beach.

* Whisky Creek beach, south of Charleston, check beach and creek.

* Gold Beach, broad, sandy beach stretching miles to Otter Point.



* Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site, south of Cannon Beach, Astoria Formation sandstone.

* Barview Jetty County Park, mouth of Tillamook Bay, west of parking lot.

* Fogarty Creek State Park, south of Lincoln City, from beach walk 3/4-mile north to Astoria Formation sandstone.

* Jump-off Joe, Newport’s Nye Beach, sandstone formation has eroded into a small hill, sandstone burrows mark a transition between brown Astoria Formation and older, gray Nye Mudstone.

* Seal Rock, north of community (not state park), small parking lot with trail to beach, walk north during low tide to exposed Nye Mudstone and Astoria Formation sandstone below bluffs.

* Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, park at lighthouse and take nature trail to sandy beach; look for rocky piles at low tide.


* Bullards Beach State Park, north of Bandon, long sandy beach.

* Battle Rock Park, Port Orford, tide pools to the right and sandy beach to the left.

* Gold Beach, broad, sandy beaches stretching miles south to Cape Sebastian.

* Whaleshead within Boardman State Scenic Corridor north of Brookings, sheltered beach, large shell middens.

* Lone Ranch, Boardman State Scenic Corridor north of Brookings, sheltered from summer winds.


Please note that while Oregon’s beaches are public, the seawalls above them generally are not, and it’s against the law to use tools to remove anything from a seawall. Fossils found on public beaches can be taken, but they cannot be sold commercially without a permit.  Do not take anything from marked “marine gardens” or beaches adjacent to Oregon State, U.S. Forest Service, or Bureau of Land Management parks, campgrounds, and natural areas.


For additional information about the Oregon coast visit or give them a call at 888-628-2101.


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