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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Beach access is via a tunnel under Ocean View Drive, but beach
strollers usually park at the parking area edging the beach.