Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunting

I’m a bit late with this post but the good news is that you will be able to find red glass floats for a few more days and even longer!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you and your Valentine enjoy beachcombing for ocean treasures, there is a special hunt you can take them on this week. The City of Gold Beach is sponsoring a special glass float treasure hunt on 3 miles of  Oregon Coast Beach. 120 red glass floats will be placed above the high tide line among the driftwood and seagrass. What a fun, romantic way to spend Valentine’s together!

The glass floats of the ancient mariners were used as net weights by Japanese fishermen for many years. Some of those original floats are still drifting onto the Oregon Coast beaches but they are a rare, if exciting find these days.

The City of Gold Beach celebrates glass floats from February 1 through April 30th. Each week 120 glass floats are placed above the high tide line for beachcombers to find. The floats are tagged and if you find one and take it to the visitor’s center, you may discover you have won a prize.  There are weekly and monthly prizes. The floats can be found from the Rogue River jetty to south of Kissing Rock which might be a great place to pause with your Valentine!

You can also shop for your treasure at the Treasure Hunt Stores. Inquire at the Visitor Center for a map of these stores. You may find hidden treasure in the shops. If you spend at least $25.00 in one of the stores, you can take your receipt to the Visitor Center for your very own glass float beach treasure.

There are many outdoor and indoor things to do and see at Gold Beach. Be sure to check them all out at the Visitor Center. is about a 2.50 drive from Gold Beach. Come stay with us and leave early in the morning for Gold Beach for a day of beachcombing. Then return to Umpqua River Haven for a great night’s sleep!

While beachcombing for that red glass float at Gold Beach, have fun but just take one!

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