Beach find of Red and Yellow Glass, Three Marbles, and More

by David and Lin
(Odyssey Sea Glass, Bow, WA)

Moran Beach - lots of hours turns up a few great treasures

Moran Beach - lots of hours turns up a few great treasures

Moran Beach - lots of hours turns up a few great treasures
Moran Beach, Whidbey Island

Moran Beach on Whidbey Island in the San Juan Island Group of the State of Washington.

Lin and I have spent many hours on this beach and West Beach to the north. A lot of time hunting turns up a few good finds. Some days nothing to speak of. Other days some real treasures. Here's an example.

Oh, to see more photos of Moran finds, including a pink marble and good sized reds, do a search in the search box on this page.

2009 06 30 - Lin and I found this catch between Moran Beach and West Beach on Whidbey Island, WA, last Tuesday.

Lin found the best pieces, including the very tumbled green marble, the bright yellow piece, and the large perfectly tumbled red piece of beach glass.

We also found some perfect more common colors as well as some nice beach shards and agates.


Here's a comment and our reply (see original below):

Jul 07, 2009
by: Wendy

Wow! That is an amazing collection for one day...just you specifically go beach combing at low tide? First thing in the morning? Whenever the urge strikes you?
I love that red piece...


Hi Wendy,

Thanks for the comment. The interesting thing is that this beach is a middle-of-the-road beach like you would find many places. We don't find great pieces every time. A red like that is totally unexpected. We have been looking and hoping for a yellow for a long time, and, WOW, Lin found one. But 99.9% of what we find are the normal colors.

BUT, it just goes to show you what's out there on just a "normal" family-type beach. You never know!

West Beach/Moran beach where we found these pieces on is the second-closest beach to where we live, 40 minutes away. From the parking lot at West Beach, Deception Pass State Park, you can walk south about 2-1/2 miles past Moran Beach before you get to an Air Force base. Or you can park at Moran Beach. So there is a lot of beach to cover.

We have found on this beach that there is just as much glass anywhere from between the high tide line to the low tide line.

The limiting factor with high tide is that there is a smaller width of beach to search. In the case of this beach, though, it is so long that we never could cover all of it anyway.

The very low tide line is not nearly as good as the mid part, as there are more hours of wave action higher up the beach plus the waves seem to keep the small rocks and sand piled higher up on the beach.

We like to go best when the tide is dropping. That way, the rocks, sand, and sea glass haven't dried out completely and it is prettier to look at.

We do look at the tide chart online before we go, but it really doesn't stop us. We go when we have some time and need to get out of the house...about a couple of times a week.

So, on the beaches in this area, beach glass hunting is good anytime except during the highest tides.

Where a higher tide definitely inhibits finding sea glass is when the beach is narrow, especially if it is backed by bluffs or cliffs. Add good sized waves to the picture and you have a beach that is impossible at high tide as well as dangerous.

On a beach like that, the lower the tide, the better! In fact, one should always check locally before hiking a beach that is backed by cliffs or bluffs because things can change quickly when the tide comes in, perhaps cutting a person's retreat off.


The real factor to a good beach glass day, really, is not what time you go or what you's being able to enjoy being out there. The unexpected treasures are just the icing on the cake!


Afoot & Afloat North Puget Sound
This book is a must-have for sea glass lovers hunting for treasures in the beautiful Puget Sound area. Lin and I own a copy and it has details of how to get to every little accessible beach, cove, point, boat ramp, etc. Not only that, it goes into the history of the particular beaches.

For example, the closest beach to our temporary quarters here in Sequim, WA, is a beach called Port Williams. We wondered why in the world it is called a "port." All there is now is a boat ramp and a tiny county park surrounded by woods and fields.

In detail, this book tells us that it once was the stop along a steamer route and had a post office, dance hall, restaurant, and residences. Now there isn't even a portapottie that we could find. But you can imagine the possibilities of old glass on the beaches described in this book - and other books of this series.

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Moran Beach on Whidbey
by: Moran Beach Property Owner

This is to notify you that people who collect beach glass on Moran Beach on Whidbey, are trespassing on PRIVATE beach and tidelands.

Yes, we own out into the water, pay taxes on it and have homeowners ins. on it.

Go online to Island County Parks Dept. site and type in Moran Beach for verification. This is not a State beach like others on the Island are, so we can and have to restrict access from the public.

Island County has a 100' wide park at the end of Powell Road for public use, but you may not go beyond those boundaries in either direction.

Thank you for respecting our private beaches and tidelands. Please spread the word.

Moran Beach Property Owner.

When to find sea glass at West Beach/Moran
by: David and Lin @ Odyssey Sea Glass

Hi Wendy,

We always check the tide charts and try to go about 1 or 2 hours before low tide.

That gives us plenty of time to look while the tide is dropping to low tide and before it gets back up to high tide.

If you go 3 hours before low tide, you'll get a good 6 hours of searching while most of the beach is exposed.

However, we do go at high tide if that's the only time we can get free.

Depending on the beach (how wide it is, etc) you can find some good sea glass at the high tide line along with the chance of really nice driftwood and maybe... just maybe... a glass fishing float.

Not Air Force Base
by: Brian

Its a Navy Base. Beware. Between Moran Beach and Deception Pass is private beach.


Just a note from editors: Moran Beach is public access. A little ways to the left is the Navy Base, so don't go further.

To the right are private homes. The land below the high tide line is public.

However, respect the homeowners; don't infringe on their privacy and leave the area if they become upset.

We have walked past the homes at least 20 times and no one has ever complained :-)

David and Lin
David and Lin

Hey Wendy, I am on my way...!
by: Katie

I am heading to Whidbey Island soon, Robin told me of this site. What a treat to see your name in the comment section! will see what comes up on our beach combing adventure...heard Kauai was kind to you on your island glass beach hunt.

by: Wendy

Wow! That is an amazing collection for one day...just you specifically go beach combing at low tide? First thing in the morning? Whenever the urge strikes you?
I love that red piece...

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