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Old 05-28-2012, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Portlandish, OR
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We went to rockaway beach this weekend (lovely!) and noticed there were no seashells on/in the sand, regardless of the tide. Is there a reason why? My only other beach experience in OR has been at Seaside, and they had tons.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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My guess is that you were there at high tide, or there have been recent storms that tossed lots of sand up on the beach. Rockaway is kind of known for seashells, driftwood, and beach combing. Even more so then Seaside.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Portlandish, OR
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My guess is that you were there at high tide, or there have been recent storms that tossed lots of sand up on the beach. Rockaway is kind of known for seashells, driftwood, and beach combing. Even more so then Seaside.
we were there for several days, and walked down at low tide a few times and there was nothing but rocks! not even broken shell pieces. maybe we were just in a weird spot. odd!
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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(I live seven blocks away from the beach out here in RB.)

The reason why? Everyone else takes 'em first. No, seriously... they get snatched in a hurry, especially any part of the beach between Pansy St. and N. 6th street.

Your best bet is to get out on the extreme north end of the main beach, say around N. 21st to N. 23rd or so. Few folks go that far up on the beachfront, so you'll stand a better chance of seeing something, especially at low tide (there's a sand/gravel parking area just off of 23rd - the paved lot you'll see first is private property).

Also, nearly all the driftwood gets blown/washed/plowed up to that area - especially around/along the small river that empties out to the ocean in that same area.

PS: I have a HUGE pile of shells in a birdbath in my front yard - most of them from my little clamming expeditions.

HTH a little.
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:33 PM
 
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We have been coming to Rockaway for years. It hasn't mattered daily low tide or monthly low tide. There is practically nothing out here. Even the days with few beach climbers there is nothing. In four years I have found only two whole sand dollars. Sigh. Nice town but don't come for seashells.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Successful sea shell hunting is fairly dangerous, since you have to do it during bad weather when storms have scoured the sand off the beach. During nice weather the shells are there, under a foot or three of sand. When the ocean is agitated, sneaker waves are more common. It's one of those times when "never turn your back on the ocean" is really good advice. If you are walking on wet sand, you are at risk. During really good beach combing conditions, it is wise to wear a life jacket. It would give you a better chance of making it out of the water alive.
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