Agate Beach State Recreation Site, Newport

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Agate Beach State Recreation Site is a state park between Newport and Agate Beach in Lincoln County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Lying between new and old U.S. Highway 101, the 18.48-acre (7.48 ha) park offers beach access via a path from the parking lot through a tunnel under the old highway. Amenities include restrooms and a place to fish, surf, and dig for razor clams. The site also has picnic tables, and activities on its beach may include kite flying, agate hunting, birdwatching, and photography.
Created in 1969 from land bought from the Lincoln County Development Company, the park is open year-round. About 190,000 people visit the park each year.
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  • Good place to check out tide pools and go for a walk at lower tide especially. You can still find agates; it just takes time and patience. We have local friends and they do it. 
    Good place to check out tide pools and go for a walk at lower tide especially. You can still find agates; it just takes time and patience. We have local friends and they do it.  more »
  • You can still find agates but they are exceptionally small. One piece of advise, which bending down searching, don't turn your back to the ocean. I got my shoes thoroughly covered and filled with... 
    You can still find agates but they are exceptionally small. One piece of advise, which bending down searching, don't turn your back to the ocean. I got my shoes thoroughly covered and filled with...  more »
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  • This is a long scenic beach. You can spend hours here exploring and collecting agates, seashells, driftwood and on very lucky occasions sea glass. Usually after a storm and low tide is the best time for hunting these treasures. One year the beach was covered with "by the wind sailor's", they look like jellyfish and I was told are harmless but I don't think I will be touching any. There's a tunnel access from the park to the beach that runs under the frontage road.
  • As of Feb 2021, the high winter tide have washed away the dunes, so it's more level. But there's still some small dunes, and it's easier to walk now that's its flatter. As gorgeous as ever! 2019 review: This is a terrific beach if you like getting a little walk in! Beautiful view of Yaquina Lighthouse to the north. It is unique for it's broad, rippled expanse of small sand dunes. Terrific place to play in the sand regardless of what the tide is! There is a nice clean bathroom, with soap and paper towels. Also, there's a dog waste station. Large parking lot and picnic tables. No foot washing spigot.

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