Beachcombing Basics

Go where the pros go for coastal treasure, from sea glass to driftwood to shimmery fishing floats.

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Photo: Ted Tucker


Best place to find it: Lincoln City, Oregon, about two hours southwest of Portland. Road’s End State Recreational Site offers profuse piles. (Virginia’s Kiptopeke State Park and Chincoteague Island are also prime sources.)

Why here: Oregon has been a vital part of the logging industry since the 1800s. While being transported down rivers, much wood ended up in the ocean, ultimately surfacing on the beach, water-weathered and sun-bleached. You can take loose driftwood, but don’t dig up buried pieces—they protect against coastal erosion.

Don’t miss: Nearby D River State Recreation Park, an eight-minute drive south, is considered one of the best kite-flying beaches in the United States because of a unique mix of equatorial and polar air. For more information visit


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