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Agate Rocks, Agate Collecting, and Agate Beach, Oregon?

Collecting Agate Rocks - Why the Fascination? Places Where Agates are Easily Found

Pebbles, beach glass, shells, and agates - these might be called companions of the shore, since many sea glass collectors are also enthralled with these beachcombing finds.

Even though Lin and I are primarily "seaglassers," we love to find agates. The photos on this page are of agates we've found on various Pacific shores.

sea glass and agate rocks - Huanchaco, Peru, South America
We found this beautiful water-washed agate on the beach in Huanchaco, Peru, South America

On this page we take a brief look at:

From the Great Lakes (Lake Superior Agates) to the beaches of Oregon, agate collecting is a growing pastime, especially of you have access to beaches like Agate Beach, Oregon.

Agate rocks, agate collecting Agate Beach Oregon
Here are a few of the agates in their natural state that we (Lin and David) have found.
Natural highly-polished agates are called "water-washed" agates and are a special surprise for beachcombers on ocean and lake beaches.

Agate Rocks

One of the fascinating aspects of the beaches where we've spent  in Northwest Washington, specifically the beaches we know on Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, is the beautiful beach pebbles, including quite a few agates, that we find here.

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Agate Collecting

There are several Washington beaches where Lin and I have found many of our agates. Of these, Rosario Beach on Fidalgo Island gets our vote as the best one for beach pebbles. It also has its share of agates.

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Among the other Washington beaches,
North Beach (Olympic Peninsula), Bowman Bay on Fidalgo Island, West Beach (Deception Pass Park) and Moran Beach on Whidbey Island - also have beautiful agate rocks and beach stones.

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While looking for sea glass,
we are continually distracted by the beauty of these smaller rocks and pebbles, especially when they are in the shallow water. The colors and patterns are truly amazing.

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Although we told ourselves awhile back that we would NOT bring any more rocks home, just stick with the beach glass, we couldn't resist the attractive agates, rocks, and pebbles, so...we finally gave in and now at times come home with more small rocks than sea glass!

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Agate Beach Oregon

Agate Beach, Oregon, got its name because of the many agate rocks that are found on the shoreline between Newport and Yaquina Head. Here the waves of the Pacific Ocean wash across the sand and beach rocks, exposing a new layer each turning of the tide, and grooming the beach for the next couple to do their agate collecting.

Agate Beach actually was a community center with a post office started there in 1912 and remaining open until 1971.

Agate Beach State Recreation Site is a state park in Lincoln County, Oregon United States, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Beach access is via a tunnel under Ocean View Drive, but beach strollers usually park at the parking area edging the beach.
Agate Beach Oregon
Agate Rocks
This is when the tide is way out.

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Agate Beach Oregon photo courtesy of mulmatsherm

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Many thanks to you both for your time and insight!

I love your page. It's been a great resource in my hunting!

All Best, Amanda in Connecticut

Hi David,

I received your sea glass hearts and I LOVE them all.

Thank you so much for sending the extra hearts.

I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and I appreciate you sharing these special gifts from the sea! Hope to see more of your sea glass soon!

Thanks again,


Hi David,

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look forward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife.


Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate receiving my sea glass order so quickly.

Love the flowers, wave crest & rare pastels and the little extra made my day!!


I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass."


It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

Maryanne K.W.

Hi David and Lin.

Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

Thank you for sharing your treasures with me. Yours truly,

Cathy Lincks

What an AWESOME site! I love reading about it, looking at all of your pictures, and planning my next vacation to the perfect beach.

Keep up the great work!


I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter and I love it!


Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.


Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...


Hi David. Its Bill and Joan Laverick, Durham City, North East of England. We love reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

Bill & Joan

I soo look forward to reading your blogs.

Jacqueline Giguere

Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.


Mary Hyde

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I love your email newsletters. I am 77 and try to get "glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

Judi Weber

Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy foraging.

Joan D

Hi David and Lin,

I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!

Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.



Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.


Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their secret beaches so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,

Anonymous Viewer

Gee, my heart races when I hear about all these marvelous finds.

Kudos to this wonderful site and for those who share their finds.

You've got a friend in me,

Norma Myrphy

I love your site, thanks for all the wonderful info.

I'm looking forward to my new hobby and participating in your odyssey Seaglass forum.



David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

Richard C. Wong · Portland, Oregon

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