A note from California State Parks regarding Glass Beach at MacKerricher State Park:  “All park cultural features are protected by law and may not be removed or disturbed, including glass found at Glass Beach.”

Glass Beach Treasure, Fort Bragg, California

Why Go: To hunt (but not take) sea glass treasure.

Hunting For Sea Glass Treasure
Hunting For Sea Glass Treasure

The Buzz:

There are actually three glass beaches  — all former city trash dump sites — that cough up beautiful sea glass.

What To Do: Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto tail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover.

Local Lore: From 1906 to 1967, everything from cars to batteries to bottles, cans and appliances were unceremoniously pushed over the cliffs into the ocean — a common practice of seaside cities for centuries. Mother Nature responded to this abuse with a nice surprise in the form of smooth, colored sea glass treasure in a rainbow of colors.

Best Picnic Spot: On the rocks and cliffs overlooking Glass Beach #3 (the most northern of the three beaches; located in MacKerricher State Park).

Getting There:

From Highway 1, turn west on Elm Street (Denny’s is on the corner) and drive a few blocks to Glass Beach Drive. Park at the intersection and walk down to the beach.

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Learn More: Frequently asked questions.

 

131 comments

  1. Mary Peterson

    I can’t believe the restriction on sea glass!!!!!! Fort Bragg has so much to lose!!!! We’ve been going there for 12 years & now we must stop???? Your town will surely suffer! The glass is garbage!! I’m getting everyone I know to get onboard rejecting this.

    1. Casey Davis

      Hi Mary,
      The city ordinance in which people were no longer allowed to take glass from the beach came into effect August 12, 2015. The reason for this is because it’s important to preserve the beauty of the beach. If this hadn’t come into effect, many people visiting our town would be left disappointed. We’d like to continue to preserve our beautiful beach for years to come.

      1. I don’t understand, Glass Beach is glass beach it was a trash dump sight. So now it’s illegal to take glass from the beach? What about the people I see who sell their glass beach jewlery from the Glass Beach itself. It was trash, now it’s beautiful trash…….why is it illegal? Seem strange to me also seems like you would loose a lot of tourists.

        1. I understand everyone’s concern and disappointment about not being able to take the glass, but we actually get a lot of tourists coming to our town just to see glass beach. I work at the visitor center here in town and people come from all over and tell me that they’ve come to see the world famous glass beach. Places all over the world have ordinances such as this to preserve the beauty for future generations and tourists to enjoy. We’ve enjoyed it for all of these years, and so wouldn’t it be unfair that these people reading about glass beach in articles online come to see it and find that there’s no glass to see?

          1. Not a whole lot left to say other than I thought I had seen the epitome of stupid government regulations. The key word of course, being “government”. Be careful NOT to touch the ocean either. Finger and palm prints could damage the water….

          2. Kay Smith

            I live in Houston but I was born and raised in Southern California. I never knew about this beach and just stumbled across a photo of it on Pintrest. I plan to come and visit and although I’d love to have a momento of the beach (my home state), I 100% understand why the ordinance was put in place. Eventually there would be no tourist-thus less economy for that area. Think about all the people who go to Hollywood to see the famous sidewalk stars… If visitors could take the stars home eventually there wouldn’t be much of an attraction… Ha haaaa maybe I was reaching on that but I do respect and can appreciate the new rule. Can’t wait to come back home and visit the beach

          3. Rebecca Lorenzen

            Well all these people are right. I just got my Coastal Living magazine and saw a spot in there about Glass Beach. I thought awesome since I will be out there in a few weeks I can get a scoop for my beach sand collection. If I can’t do that I guess I will bypass it. I’m sure it’s beautiful. Leave it to California.

          4. Gaela Fisher

            why not just make more? It’s not like we don’t continually throw away glass.

          5. Tom

            I’m with Casey. Many folks commenting here are saying “glass is garbage” yet they want to collect it. An obvious contradiction.I’m a tourist and I hope to see glass on Glass Beach now and in the future.

          6. Eric

            Continue to keep the pollution.. Just for financial gain..

          7. Jennifer

            Just a little education for those of you who seem to be under the impression that keeping anyone from taking the glass as a souvenir is going to prevent the glass beach from eventually being non existent, your wrong. Eventually, over time, the pounding of the waves will continue to break down the glass, just as it has over the past 50+ years, until eventually it becomes nothing more than sand. So why not allow people to take a few pieces as a souvenir, at ease it Wil be preserved. Because more than likely, it won’t last another 50 years.

          8. Vaughn

            Dear Casey,

            You deserve some kind of medal! From the comments on this site, you must deal with some of the most stupid, clueless and selfish people in the world. When you speak to them face-to-face, do they understand that if everyone takes the glass there will eventually be nothing left? If you tell me that is beyond their level of intelligence, I’ll completely understand.

            Good luck with your work. The income from a few $500 fines will hopefully help you perform your job even better.

          9. Chuck Tyler

            I agree with Casey. Because of the photos on the internet, we traveled 6 hours to come to Ft Bragg and seeing Glass Beach was on the top of our list. We were very disappointed in what we found. Folks have been taking so much of the glass for so long, what we thought we would see wasn’t there. We also met a couple from Kansas who felt the same way. Please don’t get me wrong. You folks live in a beautiful place and Ft Bragg is definitely a go to destination. But the Glass Beach was a disappointment. And, yes, I left the glass there.

        2. Brianna

          This is sad I was going to travel there to get a bit of glass to bring home as memories now ik not going there is so much of it there should be a limit not a restriction

          1. Will

            I’m with you Brianna, scratch it off the ‘bucket list’. Highway 1 is a “Bear” to drive anyway I’ll just stick with the Redwoods and turn back north at Eureka, Klamath, or Cresent City or head down Highway 101 if we decide to travel further south.

      2. Miele tree hugging sapsuckers is the reason why this nation is the way that it is

      3. There will always be the ignorants who don’t understand the joys of discovery, the prized collection to share and tell others of this must-see destination. Well, I’ve now crossed Glass Beach off my destinations list, as gorgeous as it may be. I prefer the hunt. Individual limits and/or fee permits in situations like this would have made much, much more sense, and preserved Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach tourist industry for decades to come

    2. connie o

      OMG! All you greedy people need to realize that a beautiful thing is rare & should be treated as such. I’ll bet you pick state flowers and take a sling shot to state birds for the FUN of it. Go somewhere else for your vacations or weekend jaunts where you can desecrate the loveliness Mother Nature has given us…even if it was, as you say, garbage. Heck, you can’t even go rifling through the city dumps anymore! Try your own backyard, you cruddy piece of trash. Don’t go to our national forests where you think you can destroy them with graffiti or feed the Bears (though, I might encourage you to approach the hungry ones). Gee whiz! Morons!

      1. Da Man

        Uh, you may want to defer to the rulings ushered into law by the California Coastal Commission, whereas the beach is owned by the PUBLIC, not by some city trying to drive tourism to their town. This is not some natural treasure like stalagmites from Carlsbad Caverns. It’s broken glass garbage that has been in a giant sea tumbler for decades. This is not a natural state for these beaches to be in. That’s like whining about people cleaning up the horse crap off the streets of Loredo, because some day people will come to see the “beautiful” textures of historical horse puckies as an attraction. You should be happy the tourists are willing to clean your beaches for free. Once they get there and find out they can’t pack that trash, they’re never coming back and telling their friends how douche baggy the people at Glass Beach are. Get it? Bye bye tourist bucks. All things are temporary.

        1. If it is so bad and just garbage, why do you all want it so bad?

        2. If the beaches are owned by the public, why do you all insist you take it home for yourselves? If it public property just like National Parks, you can’t take stuff.

        3. Thank you! That’s exactly what I was thinking! They’re trying to say it’s so natural and was naturally formed, that’s ridiculous! It’s all trash that shouldn’t be there in the first place! SMH

        4. I can’t believe the stupidity of some of these people. If you are not willing to preserve the beauty of this country, find another one to live in!!

      2. Mamaofthreeloves

        Connie O you should get that stick up your ass professionally looked at.

        1. Robyn Liston

          Yikes! The point is that Mother Nature took our reckless treatment of her and turned it into something beautiful and rare! Sure, I’d like to take some home, it’s really beautiful. But if we all took just a little it would eventually disappear and cause harm to the now balanced ecosystem. It’s Bigger than the Government AND bigger than the Individual. I’m sure I’ll get some lovely pictures!

      3. Michele

        Not to burst Connie’s cynical bubble, but two of the three glass beaches in Fort Bragg are NOT state park. Check the maps.
        And as for taking ALL the glass, it would take many more decades to collect all the glass and other artifacts that are on the shore due dumping. And don’t forget to take into account what was illegally dumped years after the new regulations were made and dump sites relocated.
        Maybe Fort Bragg should take some advice from Lincoln City with their glass floats. They have been able to keep a tradition going and the history of their town. Just check out “Finders Keepers”

        1. Tina

          Michele,
          Thank you for the info about “Finders Keepers.” I just looked it up on the website and it sounds so fun. I think I just changed my future road trip plans from Fort Bragg to this instead. Part of the attraction for visiting Glass Beach was the whole satisfaction of experiencing the “hunt.” Although I would still like to see it one day & I do somewhat understand the logic of preserving it, I am not as intrigued to going now…..I think the rules should be modified somewhat. I would actually pay for the glass that I found in order to have the ability to beachcomb or “hunt” for a few small treasures to keep.

      4. C J N

        Sadly, Connie O & all these proponents of preserving their special glass beach need to get their facts straight. This beach was a product of the early 1900’s dumping of garbage into the ocean. While I agree that it is beautiful, I have also seen this special “beach glass” even on the shores of the great lakes. There are NO restrictions here about picking up beach glass. Furthermore, if you take the time to investigate this phenomenon, you will find that this beach glass will was created through erosion. The future of this glass is that it will eventually erode into SAND. Why not let this glass be collected for posterity before it ceases to exist? (Please see the Weather Chanel special on 7/17/16 reporting on the Fort Braggs beach).

      5. Anita Malo

        Well said! Geez ppl! Have some appreciation for the beauty of our earth!

      6. Cheryl Arms

        Thank you Connie. Even if it only lasts for 50 years, at least it will be there till then. Why collect the glass as it will just end up in some drawer and then thrown out because you forgot why you have it. Get a souvenir in a shop.

      7. Franci Pennington

        Thank you, your response was right on the mark!

      8. Glenys Wolmarans

        Well said, Connie O – like a bunch of spoilt petulant kids with entitlement issues, some folk believe that rules don’t apply to THEM. Pretty disgusting, smh.

    3. Daddy's little one

      When I was a child in the 50s we went once a year to the beach and hunted for agates. I’ve watched over my lifetime the agates get smaller and smaller. My dad had said that this would happen as the shelf of agate rock eroded over time. Agate hunters, like our family, may have added to the disappearance or like archeologists saved them for future generations. Some are in my garden now. Wonderful reminders of our camping trips to Neptune beach, on the Oregon coast. I sometimes found sea glass and asked Daddy if it was an agate. I thought it was so pretty. Daddy would say “that’s a leaverite” which meant, not an agate. So I say, if you want to visit the sea glass beach, look, photograph it, but “leave it rite” there. You can’t take petrified rock from the Petrified Forest so leave this new sign of nature’s magic there for all to enjoy until nature takes it away. Some wise person should open a glass recycling plant and make man- made copies to sell to tourists.{ Oh by the way, I’m not going to vote for The Dumpster.}

    4. Crystal

      I don’t have a problem following a law and I’m hoping it’s still worth going.The glass will be gone eventually anyway. It’s only a matter of time…..

    5. Syd Bingham

      I know someone who would take forty pounds of sea glass when she visited, she makes jewelry and sells it, she is not alone and I think that is why it is now restricted, it’s like the gold rush for some folks. When I visited it was fun to get a pocketful but that was a long time ago.

      1. Kristin Suratt

        Thank you for understanding that the seaglass is precious and limited, and for changing your behavior as you became aware of the value of keeping the sea glass on Glass Beach where it belongs. Pass the word and remind people that we’ve instituted a $500 fine for removing the sea glass.

    6. Tammie

      If everyone took sea glass at every visit there would be nothing left to enjoy. Pinterest has a way you can make your own. Leave those on the beach for everyone to enjoy b

    7. Me

      Then make your own. It is historic…shame on you.

    8. Coleen

      Go Mary!! Right there with you girl

    9. johanna

      There will be no glass left for others to enjoy if people continue take the glass at glass beach. Please do not be selfish about this. I have lived in Fort Bragg for 41 years and trust me there is little glass remaining at glass beach. I walk on the coastal trail 3 times a week and know it is quickly disappearing. Thank you for enjoying the beach and not taking the glass. This note is from some one who cares for the beach and the beauty of Fort Bragg. If you feel you have to take some home please don’t come to this area. Thanks!

    10. Sarah

      I can not believe the utter disrespect of some of the comments. Its a park, for people to enjoy. I live in Ft Bragg, and Ive been going to glass Beach my whole life (42 years). There is a notable difference each year, with glass going home soon there won’t be any thing left. There are rules put in place for a reason, and if you opened your mind and think about it for a nano second you might understand why, instead of posting selfish comments like” I’ll take it, to bad”.. or” its garbage, it should be taken home”. Most of the people who take it don’t do anything with it, and it ends up in the land fill. Why not just lave it be so the rest of the world can see what a beautiful place we have here.

  2. Heather

    I agree, I was really interested in going until I read you couldn’t take the treasures you find. If it’s trash then why not let people take it? So what if it becomes rare, that would only make it better. Trash would be cleaned out of the ocean and the glass would be even more sought after due to the rarity of it. But no I his keeping the ocean full of trash is better.
    …thanks, but no thanks. I’ll just find another place to explore.

    1. umeko

      i agree with you heather but i think it is fair to not take the treasures you find because there gonna lose the treasure and there might be none left am i right

  3. Hi Mary,

    I’m with YOU.. The glass IS garbage that has been ground down over the years – AND will be ground down and GONE in the years to come. It’s too bad the city “dog-in-the-manger condo Nazis have taken their share and now want to close the “treasure” too anyone else. I’d bet Casey has his share of the glass.

    No – not from California but we have similar “management teams’ operating in and around Fort Myers, Fl..

    I believe “the glass” will be longer remembered in collections like yours.

    If the only tourist enticement that city has is “ground garbage” they better re-think there tourist strategy.

    Fred

  4. Johnny

    Makes sense to me. If beach combers take the sea glass all away then there will be none for future generations to enjoy! Limitations help with preservation, a very obvious point. Don’t be so greedy Mary, no one said you had to stop visiting the beach after 12 years, just stop taking sea glass!

  5. Also, keep in mind folks, Glass Beach is part of Mackerricher State Park so it is a misdemeanor to take any artifacts away.

  6. Liz

    So is it closed now?

    1. Sharon Davis

      It is open and in fact our new coastal trail has enabled people to access areas that haven’t been open to the public in over 100 years!

      1. Did you remove any of the glass to make the trails? That would be a $500 fine for each piece.

      2. I just cant believe people are getting so uptight about ground garbage. Just think of all the pollution that seeped into the ocean that were the remaining contents of the bottles. I understand the idea that it’s a wonder to behold in some eyes, I understand the want to collect some of the stuff as momentos. I can see the potential for people to just strip mine the glass and make a profit out of the stuff. What I don’t understand is people calling it a natural wonder. It’s just another trash beach in California, only this one probably doesn’t have used condoms, medical supplies, dead fish, dead animals, or overdosed junkies lying about on it….

  7. With all the trash in California alone, and the huge recycling efforts you would think there would be someone who could come up with a happy medium. Dumping (some how safely? bagged, netted?) bottles to be recycled in the waters off shore could potentially provide more glass and homes for sea animals, Win win, I’m thinking. But how? What about a glass island created by man and sculpted by Mother Nature? Instead of a “No!” when there is an obvious demand for it.
    This place in SF called Building REsources sells recycled tumbled glass. You could recycle and tumble your local glass off shore naturally and sell as souvenirs, for landscaping. I’m buying some for jewelry.
    http://www.buildingresources.org/tumbled_glass.html

    Think creatively. How nice would it be to have a fusion of humans and natures to make such beauty! Why do you think people want it?

    1. Angela StGermain

      Shelly Mack… that is brilliant! My vote is for Shelly’s idea.

    2. Tina

      Shelley,
      I agree with you wholeheartedly. I understand the point of preserving the natural sea glass for everyone to enjoy. However, I think it is only natural for people to want to keep a small reminder of the beauty of the beach. Your suggestion is a happy medium. I would be more than willing to purchase a man made piece instead as a compromise. They should sell bags of it there at the beach on your way out or even some beautiful jewelry pieces that one could take home as a reminder. Everyone wins!

  8. Nancy

    I guess some people will never understand nor be able to enjoy beauty without touching/taking it and ruining it for others/ future generations. I see this in my own (what use to be) Small Town, Auburn, California, also a tourist area in the Gold Country. Citits! What can I say!

    1. Cynthia

      I just watched a segment on this beach. I love sea glass. I can see both points of this. I will add that the meteorologist states that the sea glass will continue to erode and eventually be tiny particles as it started and they ended the segment with reference of the ocean recycling….why not regulate…let someone purchase a small (very small) jar with a lid to put some pieces in and that way they can enjoy it and people won’t be putting handfuls in their pockets.

  9. Dennis

    $500 fine for collecting glass, $500 fine if you go down to the best beaches. The only reason to go to these beaches is to collect a few beautiful treasures as the beaches are not the great. My advice is to boycott Fort Bragg until they allow you to legally collect glass. They could even limit you to 10 pieces if they want to feel better about preserving the glass. The ocean will gind it to nothing eventually anyhow.

  10. Kyla

    By not taking the glass, future generations will be able to enjoy this beach just as we all have. Why would we not want to preserve such a beautiful place? People need to start giving more than taking. This is a vicious cycle of greed. Shame on those of you who feel you’re entitled to take what is not rightfully yours regardless if it is “garbage” or not.

  11. amanda

    put a limit on glass
    everyone wins
    i wanted to take my mom here until i found out u could not remove the glass. if u cant take the glass then
    selling jewelry made of it should not be allowed

  12. Robert

    I recently visited Glass Beach for the first time in many years, and I was shocked to see that most of the glass is gone. I am sickened by the comments from selfish people who think only about taking, and don’t care what they have destroyed.

  13. Well I was all excited, until I seen u can not collect, what once was trash and as far as further generation, well what part of it will return it’s self to sand. so how do u figure that generations will be able to see it, when it its self will make sure that won’t happen. O i belive that’s what photo are for, so all can have memories. No one should have the right to fine you 500 dollars for picking up trash, plain crazy. Well good luck, for me I’ll plan my trip at another beach!!!
    Sheri

  14. Shirley

    Wow. I honestly wanted to go there until I learned what it is. Garbage. Really. I can not go visit and condone the littering that created it. No matter how beautiful it appears. So sad. Yet Mother Nature still finds a way to cleanse herself of humans disgusting treatment of her.

  15. Freddie Flintoff

    Pickup trash from the road if u want. Picking up glass from the beach by saying its trash is stupid and selfish.

    1. Remy Limos Zacarias

      Oh yeas, how can one keep on saying it’s trash and STILL want it? There’s something in between. Could it be greed? Oh well…

  16. Entitlementioned Thinking…. Me! Me!! Me!!!
    Bet your going to vote for Donald Duck….
    Oops I meant Trump..
    Leave the world a better place than you found it.. Ask not what my country can do for me…
    Ask what I can do to make my country great.
    These are the Quotes that make USA GREAT.

    1. SnowSquatch

      Ahh, political jabs as well. If you want a state that’s over ran by radicle Muslims, riots in the streets by “Black lives matter”, and the freedom of speech and free assembly taken away, just vote for a democratic fool again.

    2. SnowSquatch

      There’s an easy solution to this problem. If you take some glass, please leave some glass. If everyone would just dump all of their broken beer bottles and other sorts of glass on the beach, Mother Earth will kindly erode this glass for future generations to enjoy. And while you’re there, hug and kiss a tree and worship an owl. We wouldn’t want to offend and forest critters by paying attention to sea garbage alone.

  17. Genevieve Saxton

    I know that here on Half Moon Bay it is illegal to collect rocks, fossils, plants etc but they do not restrict anyone from collecting and taking sea glass. The glass is not a natural occurance and removing it does not negatively impact the environment and it does not take away any unrealized enjoyment of future generations. What i notice, and believe is ridiculous oversight is the tourists trampling all over the rocks during low tide, peering in to tide pools and sometimes they are part of a tour led by Park Employees….with every step these clueless sheep are stepping on and crushing anenomes that cover every inch of the rocks! A person can not step on the rocks and NOT kill something.
    Sea glass gets smaller and smaller until its reduced to a tiny grain of sand. It will be gone either way by collecting or by ocean tumbling.
    As usual, the ones in charge want to profit from or restrict something that we all receive enjoyment from.
    Its a waste of time to think about and a waste of time to even address. Such a mind trap.

  18. Stephanie

    I am saddened to see the glass can not be collected with limitations. My family and I are leaving Florida Monday for our first 2 week vacation in California. Found out about the glass beach on Pintrest and booked a hotel for two days there until I saw this thread and I will be asking for a refund tomorrow morning and looking for somewhere else to take my children. I don’t understand the preserving it for future generations theory when it will eventually be naturally depleted anyway. It is not greedy to want to make memories with your children! One day when our children are older and we are gone what a precious memory it would be to have in a keepsake box a small piece of sea glass from our first family cross country vacation and them see the piece they personally picked out with us and squeeze it and smile…. Remembering the love and beauty once there. But instead, I will continue my research for a different idea with my kids. If anyone on here has an idea please feel free to email me stephanie5647@gmail.com. We are heading to northern California on Monday, June 12th and will be flying out of Sacramento Kings 28th, 2016

    1. Hi! While you’re in California, I hope you can get to the North Coast and visit HUMBOLDT County. Redwoods, pristine beaches, rivers, mountains, cool summers [hotter inland], etc.

      1. I can’t wait to visit in August. I do hope there are places that sell sea glass jewelry. Even if I could collect it, what would I do with it? I can see both sides, but I am excited to visit. There are so many naturally beautiful places to explore, the redwoods, sequoias, etc. I would love to just get a beautiful picture and have it framed. California, here I come!

        1. We’re glad you’re able to join us in Fort Bragg soon! For everyone who has commented here, from time to time, we’ll be updating the blog on this web site, “Talk of the Town,” with posts about Glass Beach and other attractions in Fort Bragg. Here is a link to the most recent post about Glass Beach: http://www.fortbragg.com/2016/06/visit-glass-beach-a-stunning-fort-bragg-attraction-take-photos-but-please-leave-the-glass-for-future-generations/

  19. Stacy Kings

    I completely understand this regulation. If you guys want sea glass, go to another beach that allows it. What makes this beach so special is that the glass used to seem abundant and that there used to be a lot until so many people and tourists came and picked it all up. People would show up to see the beauty of the beach but there would be no glass left to actually see. This beach is about appreciating nature for the amazing things it does to the mess we’ve created. Sea glass is beautiful and amazing and while it is fun to own some pieces, it’s just as fun to see them and leave them for others to enjoy. Besides, the hunt of finding sea glass is what makes the glass worth having. Coming to this beach for easy pickings is just selfish and greedy and you aren’t really there to actually enjoy or appreciate the scenery. And so what if the glass will just naturally erode? Glass will still appear on the beach as people will continue to pollute.

    1. Allie

      Well put Stacey Kings!

  20. dean

    I understand where everyone is coming from with there attitudes about not being able to take the glass trust me I collect sea glass myself and would just love to fill a bag full of glass but then I think about other people traveling from around the world to see this beach full of glass and they arrive here at the beach to find nothing but sand it would be pretty disappointing

  21. 2BADSOSAD

    Just a note to those who decided that MORE tourists would be visiting just to see and photograph the glass… you are simply NOT correct. I’ve been planning a trip there (to stay and spend money for a week or two) AND collect a few glass mementos… well that’s not going to happen now. TOO BAD for Ft. Bragg. I think you’re going to lose tourism money on this decision. It’s garbage that is going to erode anyways, you should’ve allowed the meager collection while you had the chance.

  22. Lelah Paull

    I just read a story of Pele in Hawaii. And it being said don’t take anything from the Islands like rocks shells or sad. Due to bad luck. If you don’t ask. I received a bag of glass rocks from friend there quite a few years ago. I thought they were beautiful. I’m going to visit soon and bring back the rocks given to me. They belong there not because I believe there’s bad luck with them. Just because they belong where they came from. Thank you for this article.

  23. J Sullivan

    Part of me agrees with the “leave it where it is” rule. The other part of me would like to have a memento of the beautiful Glass Beach. This destination has been on my “bucket list” for many years simply because it’s pretty and I’ve always loved rocks of any sort. I do have an issue with all the glass jewelry makers. Have had conversations with a few of them and many say they get their glass from other areas/countries. However, I find it hard to believe that none of them get their glass from Glass Beach. That’s just not the way of the world. Do they sneak in there and pilfer in secret……………….OR is there some sort of arrangement between the Glass Beach authorities and certain jewelry makers…………………..Just curious. Thanks for listening.

  24. People are complaining about not being able to take glass from this beach. I just discovered this online today and plan on being in CA next year. Sure glad it is being protected so I get a chance to see it. National Parks also have signs for their protection. It is necessary to preserve…..like an endangered species.

  25. Susan

    Rebecca Lorenzen, you are the reason an ordinance like this has to be passed. You want to go out there with a SCOOP for heavens sake.

    1. Susan

      Ad opposed to just picking up a piece or two.

    2. Valerie

      Those that think it’s OK to take glass, PLEASE stay away from the Smoky Mountains, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, Glacier National Park….and many more. These parks are for generations to come, not just for YOU. I just crossed over the Smokies two days ago, if YOU and all the millions of others that come visiting take as you please……..we wouldn’t have a flower left, a stone unturned. Those of you that want to take glass by the SCOOP fulls are the kinda people that rape the lands by clear cutting. The same people that put the trash there to begin with….Try thinking of your children’s, children……and so on..! Greed is greed be it money or glass from this Beach. Prayers for this community.

  26. Casey Davis – so, after reading all these selfish people’s comments about why they can’t desecrate what is supposed to be a beautiful beach (it IS a national park after all!), is there any sea glass left at the beaches to enjoy viewing? I’ve been wanting my family to plan a trip up that way for a few years now, ever since a coworker told me about it, in order to see the beauty that is exemplified in the photos. Would the trip be worth it?

    1. Yes Terry, great question. Here is a picture I took at glass beach (those are my feet and a friend’s that was visiting the area) about 3 weeks ago. As you can see there are a lot of different colored pieces of glass and I sat there and picked through it and found many pieces that were ruby colors, sapphire etc…There are also some pottery pieces here and there which are really neat to find! Glass Beach

      1. Thank you, Casey, for answering my question so quickly! I love the picture also! I will definitely be looking into booking a campsite in the (hopefully) near future, so we may enjoy this beautiful sight!

      2. Sabrina barger

        Casey Davis, my family and I are coming for a visit this weekend. Can you tell me do we have to pay to get to the beaches??

        1. For the most part they are all free (glass beach, pudding creek, mackerricher, big river beach) The only one that will charge a day fee is Russian Gulch State Park.

    2. Beach lover

      I don’t understand all the hypocritical BS. One minute you’re complaining that you can’t pick ” treasures” off the beach and the next minute you’re calling it “garbage” if it’s just “garbage” what’s your big need to take it with you? Are you dumpster divers too? I was just there today and sadly it no longer looks like the pictures. Thanks to all the “garbage pickers” stop all your selfish whining and just enjoy it’s beauty, take some pictures and go home!

  27. Kim

    Is there a bbq grilling area?

  28. Sheila

    I also agree 100% why the ordinance was put in place. That’s the whole reason why i am taking the kids to go see the glass on the beach. When I last visited which was before I had kids so many years ago i still remember the beauty, even if it was glass made from trash. It still made quite an impression. If there was no glass then I think eventually there would be no tourist-thus less economy for that area. I do respect and can appreciate the new rule. I will be visiting real soon!

  29. Lydia Larson

    Some of these comments are crazy..rules are rules..it is what it is..go somewhere else if you don’t like it..I myself wouldn’t be able to resist atleast one piece haha..so I’ll just go somewhere else that allows you to take a little.

  30. Irving Hardy

    I find it hilarious that people who go all over the world and take everything. Put ordinances in place to stop behavior they created and live by.

    The island of Tasmania has no surviving Tasmanian people what so ever. Because of how much Europeans take! They have eradicated a whole race of people into Extinction. But you can’t take trash glass from a beach

    I’m sure before they started the dumping. There were a entire wildlife habitat that would’ve appreciated it if they didn’t take their home. Pollute the land and water. And then stopping people from removing the glass. A substance that only benefits man. Until we have no more use for it.

  31. Irving Hardy

    Mendocino is in the Emerald Triangle. They have plenty of tourist. For the Emerald Cup alone. I think people on this post complaining about future tourist are unaware that, that area is the promise land for outdoor grown pot. There will be no shortage of visitors in that area anytime in our near foreseeable future.

  32. Justin

    the next thing will be, that you can’t even take sea shells from the beach!!!! Ridiculous over reach by an out of touch government, that drives businesses, families and tourism out of california!!

  33. Deb S

    Ok, but WHY is it OK to take broken glass from other beachs all over the u.s. ??

  34. Sharon

    What a disappointment, I am booked to visit my grandchildren and was going to take them on a trip for a couple of days to Fort Bragg, we will pass on it now

  35. Debbie

    To all the people asking ” if it’s trash, then why not take it?” My question is, if it’s trash, as you call it, then why would you want to take it home???? When I was a kid growing up in Oregon, we would go to the beaches summer and winter and there was drift wood every where. Back then people took it home by the truck load for landscaping and my parents were no different. Now most of those same beaches don’t have drift wood like they use to. People use to take star fish and kill them with salt so they could have a “free” memento. The glass beach is an attraction because of the glass. The glass that comes up onto those beaches is not an infinite supply. People keep taking it, eventually there won’t be an attraction left. Why is it that people can’t just admire something and take home JUST a picture and memories. Why do we have to remove things that in a few years we will just throw away anyway? You want sea glass??? break some colored bottles and go buy a rock tumbler.

    1. Jacqueline

      Thank you, Debbie, well put. Never been there, but would like to visit sometime, as long as there is sea glass available to be appreciated. But if people keep on taking it as mementos, then there may not be any left. Same rationale as why we shouldn’t remove ants from the trails when you hike…if everyone takes it, even though it is “free,” there will be nothing left.

    2. Jacqueline

      *I meant remove “plants” and, while on the subject, the uniqueness of this particular areas is precisely the fact that nature and time have “polished” our trash. It is an educational experience to show it to children who visit it. It makes no sense to take it.

  36. Genevieve

    I am a California native, 46 years. Born at the Presidio.

    I love sea glass. When I go to Glass Beach i am going to bring home whatever i decide and if i get fined then i get fined. The rule is ridiculous and faulty.

    Why is the public allowed to remove sea glass here in Half Moon Bay at the State Beaches?

    Fort Bragg people! If you are afraid collectors will deplete glass beach of your bread and butter why don’t you create another looney tunes ordinance that requires everybody to replenish it with new bottles?

    Sea glass collectors cant be stopped and shouldnt be. Sea glass is like precious gems. Let us enjoy ourselves.

    Glass lovers! Go to linda mar beach in pacifica. Used to be a dump, i leave there with a pile of glass after an hour. Rare colors, large pieces,and its 15 min from sfo. I swear by linda mar its the best i have found. Doesnt look like much just dig and its there.

  37. Heather Wichlaz

    People have taken so much, that there is hardly any glass left. It’s nearly gone. When I was a kid the beach was all glass, you had to dig to find sand….now it’s hard to find the glass. 🙁

  38. Sandra Tafoya

    Fort Bragg is really getting shitty if you can’t hunt for sea Glass that’s terrible that’s what’s so fun and exciting about going

  39. Sandra Tafoya

    Genevieve, I totally agree ,and what a waste on tax dollers in court costs for a little harmless fun , to t ally ridiculously petty

  40. Harry

    I have been to many sites only to see Devastation and demise, graffiti and public looting! I have been to plymouth rock last year and it is an unimpressive small Boulder in a cage sitting in the ocean! This is because millions of tourists chipped away portions of the rock before it was protected! Leave the glass trash or not many locals depend of it because they make their living off of Tourism ! Think of others not yourselves!
    http://carlanthonyonline.com/2011/11/23/cracking-plymouth-rock/

    1. Kristin Suratt

      Good point! The more people like you talk to their friends and neighbors about this issue, the more likely it will be to improve behaviors and safeguard the natural world. It’s like the anti-litter campaign years ago. Our highways had been strewn with litter before we instituted an anti-litter campaign and a fine for littering. There is now a $500 fine for removing glass from Glass Beach. Let’s be the change we want to see. Thanks for being a leader in awareness of this issue!

  41. Harry

    This is balance rock in Massachusetts, another Natural wonder destroyed by Vandals! Graffiti leaves no good pictures to such a beautiful and wonderous natural phenomenon! Any questions as to why we should protect these areas? I have been to many, many sites only to experience the same dismal consequences!
    http://www.stateparks.com/balance_rock_state_park_in_massachusetts.html

    1. Kristin Suratt

      Very sad..which is why we need to keep educating people to leave our pristine natural world for others to enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and let’s all work together to see that this kind of thing does not continue to happen..

  42. Marie

    Is there a a beach where we can pick sea glass?

    1. Kristin Suratt

      No, it’s best to leave the glass so that many more people will enjoy it for decades to come. Also, there is now an ordinance and a steep $500 fine for removing glass..

  43. Melissa

    Bummer that you can’t take at least one little piece. My kids would have loved that. Guess we’ll just have to pass on this beach on our coastal road trip.

  44. Well I was going to bring my family while we are visiting the redwoods but decided not to waste my time after reading all this. Heaven forbid my six year old puts a piece of glass in his pocket.

    1. Beth Townsend

      That’s exactly my thought Kevin! My 5 yo son is completely enamoured with rocks, crystals, “treasures”, and anything geological. He would be over the moon to see this place. He is constantly pocketing rocks and such that he finds when exploring outside. How could I possibly take him here now? I don’t want to risk getting fined if my 5 or 3 yo end up taking a few “treasures” without me knowing. Not worth the risk and not worth the stress of trying to make sure they don’t take anything. It’s a bummer because it would be such a great learning adventure for me child. I understand the rule and am not one to break rules but it seems a bit harsh. The rationale makes no sense to me since it will all eventually erode down to sand in time leaving no glass rocks. Unless the glass is being replaced,this law doesn’t make much sense. I’m sad because I would have loved to see the pure joy on my sons face if we were to bring him here. It’s just not worth the stress of worrying he might take something. Taking this place off my list for the foreseeable future.

  45. Monica D

    I think the restriction is well put. If everyone took a little, it would be a little less beauty of the beach. Til eventually it’s all gone. People are quick to destroy anything to make a buck. Sad. How about you all go out, collect rocks, buy a rock tumbler and create your own shiny stones to sell. Put in the work that this lovely beach has put into making such beauty. But by all means, please leave the work of mother nature at her side where it was meant to be. Give everyone a chance to enjoy the scenery & the fun of treasure hunting.

  46. Angie

    If I ever go there, I am taking a piece home with me… TOO BAD!

  47. Travel thousands of miles and hudreds of dollars to see glass that you can’t take or break a few bottles and put them through the stone polisher? Quite easy to decide.

  48. patrick

    I must say I’m just amazed at some of these posts. First kudo’s to Fort Bragg protecting glass beach. Someone has to and when I come there I will be taking pictures of anyone I see taking glass off the beach and reporting to the city. I get extremely irritated that people don’t understand why places are protected and respect it, even in State Parks and National Parks. There’s nothing worse then getting home and going through pictures at a National Park and seeing carvings in a tree or a rock because someone felt the need to let everyone know they were there. Some of these posts here just show how greedy people are and it’s all about “me”. Some of you with children that have made comments about not going, good, then don’t. You should be ashamed raising your children that way. Take your brats somewhere else then. Someone made the ridiculous argument that the glass will be broken down to sand and gone eventually anyway. Probably won’t happen in my lifetime but imagine as it does break down more, multi colored sand, wow that would be awesome to see. Leave mother nature alone and let others enjoy it for crying out loud.

  49. Lujuan

    I would take it any ways! Think the town is using the beach for there own greed of tourist actually. Also I would like to point out that the glass is going to erode any ways. Some of you will argue that by taking the glass it will go way faster from the beach. I understand that. The law saids it will fine you. I ask you who is enforcing that law? How many families have visited with there young children who are rock collectors? I don’t know if all you people understand what the word erosion means? Any for those of you that what to call me greedy you are correct. I would take it anyways!

    1. patrick

      Lujuan, you and the other people like you are exactly what’s wrong with this world. Obviously you care about yourself and no one else. The world would be a better place without people like you.

  50. Thanks to all who have understood our point of view on taking glass from Glass Beach. It is recognized that the glass will eventually break down regardless of people taking it off the beach or not. My questions to those of you that choose to take it anyway, is it worth a $500 fine? What would you have done with the glass? In the past when there was no ordinance for taking the glass, almost everyone I knew had at least a piece of the beach in their homes, and eventually it would just be thrown away with no second thoughts.

    Also, responding to the argument that Glass Beach is just pollution, so it’s a favor for the glass to be removed: it has actually become home to all kinds of sea life in the little tiny area that is Glass Beach.

    I would much rather see a beach naturally erode over time and possibly become beautiful sand from what it once was than to see a beach become empty because people needed to take a shopping bag full of glass as a memory of their trip. How would you feel if people came to your hometown and took away what was close to your heart?

    Thanks for all of your responses.

    Casey

    1. Glenys Wolmarans

      How disheartening, Casey – afrter your patient logical explanation folk still just don’t get that they shouldn’t come and loot the attraction thus selfishly ruining it for others! It’s like those who graffitti on cave drawings, smh!

  51. it appears we have become a society of whiners. Obviously people were walking away with buckets (or large quanities) of glass. I am fairly sure this is a correct assumption as we all know so many people are greedy. The glass will replenish itself but not at the rate it obviously was being taken. So “suck it up buttercup” and play by the rules or don’t play.

  52. “The beach is now visited by tens of thousands of tourists yearly.[3] Collecting is discouraged on the section of “Glass Beach” within and adjacent to the state park,[2] although most of the sea glass is now found on the other two glass beaches outside the state .

    …there you go.

  53. Alison Ravasdy

    Was planning a trip but now we are not going, maybe drive through. There are ither beautiful beaches you can collect sea glass from . Monterey has a few.

  54. Why not just Create the glass in a rock polisher and sell it at the beach in a bag? Beach stays, and makes money off of the souvenirs!

  55. Jennifer

    I honestly can’t believe what I’m reading when I see all these comments from people who had planned trips to California who will now be changing their plans because they can’t take home some sea glass? Seriously? I’m starting to think (and hope) that this is just one person writing under multiple names. How about appreciating the beach, taking some lovely pictures and leaving with the memories? Why is it so important to take the glass? I’m 99% sure you’ll have no use for it when you get home & like everyone else with a brain has already said, you’ll just end up throwing it out when you tire of it because unfortunately we live in a disposable society. Love seaglass that much? Buy a few pieces…I’m sure someone on Etsy sells it. And to the person who said they can’t tell their 5 year old who collects “treasures” that he’s not allowed to take any glass? Why not? Kids need to be given boundaries and I’m sure it won’t send Junior to therapy if he’s denied his beach “treasure” that day. They put the rules in place for a reason, and this one hopefully ensures that more people will be able to enjoy the glass beach since unfortunately some people are too greedy for their own good!

  56. Mike

    Three years ago I stopped by your beach during a quick pit stop on the way to San Francisco. It was nice, but not all that everyone is making it out to be. And I didn’t take any pieces because it was mostly small, basic glass. Maybe I wasn’t in a prime area? Fast forward to today…

    I was planning a two-night stop in Fort Bragg this fall to further investigate sea glass beach. And yes, I planned on taking a handful of glass as a memento. I am a glass collector. Not bulk, but hand-picked “nicer” pieces. Tens years of collecting = about 40 pieces. I live just outside Victoria, on Vancouver Island, and we have a well known glass beach here in Sidney. TONS of glass from historic buildings on the pier many years ago. Not refuse thrown into the ocean. And yet we have no restrictions on collecting. People bring buckets. Funny thing is that after every storm the beach is fully replenished. Do you really think that all your garbage glass has been brought onto shore? I would bet there is a lot more the ocean will throw back. Your new regulations now have me bypassing Fort Bragg.

    Let’s see… 3 days of meals, gas purchases, souvenirs and 2 nights lodging. Lost so you can “preserve” your garbage glass for future generations. I imagine as word gets around that the police will bust you for taking pebbles from the beach will have more than me deciding that a stop in Fort Bragg isn’t warranted. In the long run, this is going to bite you in the butt.

  57. K

    I have read most of the comments i think people saying other people are greedy for wanting to go to this area and be able to have some sea glass is ridiculous if they want tourists they would let them come and not give a crap if they took home some of it and telling everyone there a 500 $ fine who tbe hell is going to go there not me nor alot of other people yes everyone goes there for the beauty but we like taking some home to remind us of that time and maybe we make something with it so the town doesn’t sell any of it this is all about money not about saving and preservation talk about greed yah i think this is backfired. I won’t be visiting

  58. Chuck Tyler

    My wife said it’s likened to going to Mt. Rushmore and chipping off a just a small piece of a nose for a souvenir. If I took some glass, it would end up in a drawer and get lost.

  59. baxter monroe

    Hey Mike and the rest of you whining that you can’t just take stuff. wtf is wrong with you? if everybody going to every park took what they wanted, like a piece of Mt Rushmore, dig up some plants, pick a bunch of flowers, take home a few this or that… think about it. you’re calling it garbage, yet, it IS the attraction here. so, no, taking it is not cool, sorry

  60. I live in Alaska and frequent the beach in Seward. Sea glass washes in on EVERY high tide and has since the tsunami in 1964. The glass is still coming in. No doubt the same will happen in Glass Beach in Ft Bragg, unless someone turns off the tide. Is there a limited supply I ask?

  61. I recently moved to California & would live to see some sights, but this one I will definitely pass on now, just not worth the time to go state at sea glass!

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