Thursday, April 4, 2013

Clamming on the Oregon Coast - Oregon Coast Activities- #18 Clamming

101 Oregon Coast Activities- #18 Clamming

Clamming is an activity available all year on the Oregon Coast. The above video features clamming via kayak, but there are many areas you can reach just by car.

The best area near us at Sandlake Country Inn is less than 10 minutes by car at Netarts Bay. 

Bay clam map 

Nehalem Bay:     Softshells

Tillamook Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells

Netarts Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells

Nestucca Bay:     Softshells

Siletz Bay:   Softshells

You must have a shellfish license from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are also limits on the clams, depending on the variety and you can check the limits HERE

Currently, the cost for an annual shellfish licenses is $7.00 for an Oregon resident or $20.50 for a nonresident. They also offer a 3 day nonresident license for $11.50

Don't forget to bring a shovel and have a bucket or pail for each person in case an ODFW agent checks your limit and license. 

Another important bit of information to know before you go clamming is the tide table.
If you plan to start clam digging starting with the ebb tide (receding tide) , and you'll have plenty of safe time to dig to your hearts content before having to worry about the tide coming back in.

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Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn

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