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