Here in Wheeler, you are six minutes from the beach! And the best part is the entire Oregon Coast is “open to the public.” This allows residents and visitors alike the ability to explore the bounty the sea has to offer with no restrictions. Beach combing is a favorite past-time. With mild winters in our area, this is a perfect hobby year round. Beach combing is a great, low cost activity for anyone, regardless of age. It requires no equipment other than a maybe a jacket and a bucket or plastic bag for collecting. Beach combing is particularly good after a winter storm and when the tide is low. From the month of October through April, beach combing is at its best here on the North Coast of Oregon.
Guide to Beach Combing:
In the first few months of the new year, sand dollars can be found on the northern end of Manzaita beach. The name sand dollar comes from the shape and color of the test after it washes up on the beach. At that point the test is usually missing its velvety covering of minute spines and is often bleached white by the sunlight.