Keepers! Lincoln City . . . Step Into Adventure!!
days gone by, visitors searching Oregon's beaches often found treasures
from the east: blown glass floats, in intriguing shades of green
and blue. Used by Japanese fishing crews to float their nets, these
spheres were as small as two inches (5 cm) or as large as two feet
(.6 m). They were hoarded, polished and adored, the ultimate find
for a dedicated beachcomber.
that fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, a blown
glass float is a rare find - except on the beaches of Lincoln City,
where more than 2,000 of them are found each winter. We put out
the number of floats reflected by the year - so 2001 in 2001, 2002
in 2002, etc..These floats, made with care by Northwest artisans
and carefully hidden by an army of volunteers, we call float faries,
are the heart of a new tradition of floats, finders and keepers.
project began in 1997, when a local artist first thought of glass
floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln
City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000.
Tourists came from around the country to search for their own brilliantly-colored,
signed and numbered glass float.
Lincoln City, the Millennium Float project was a perfect combination
of art and the outdoors. Those who came in search of a float often
found their way to area galleries, where un-numbered floats were
available for sale along with a dizzying array of fine art glass
from around the world.
city continues the promotion annually, running from October to Memorial
Day - with hand-crafted glass floats being placed along the 7-1/2
miles (12 km) of public beach in Lincoln City, from the Roads End
area to the Cutler City area. You find it, you keep it!
may be found above the high tide line and before the beach embankment.
Floats will not be found in or on the cliffs. Please be aware of
beach safety. Never turn your back on the ocean! Sneaker waves and
the force of the ocean often move logs and can be unsafe. Floats
are not hidden on the beaches during storms.
you find a float, call the Visitor Center, 1-800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274,
and register your float. We will send a Certificate of Authenticity
and information about the artists that crafted your float. Some
numbers are selected at random to receive additional prizes, so
registering is important.
drawings are held monthly at the Visitor Center for glass floats.
Bring a bag of beach trash to the Visitor Center, 801 SW Hwy 101,
#1 (next door to Price N Pride Food Center) or to North Lincoln
Sanitary. 1726 SE Highwy 101, and fill out an entry form. Handicapped
persons with a handicap sticker number are also eligible to enter
and win a monthly float drawing.
and individuals can now come to the beach and experience the joy
of searching for glass floats. It's a perfect opportunity to start
a new family tradition!