Oregon’s beaches are popular destinations for all sorts of recreation activities. This spring, one of the most popular sandy stretches is along 18 miles of shoreline in Clatsop County. That’s where thousands of razor clam diggers have discovered one of the best clam seasons in years.

As springtime moves into high gear, the best low tides of the season bring a bounty of seafood close at hand. But if you’ve never dug this sport – how do you get started? For information on how to razor clam, download the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s How to Razor Clam guide (pdf).

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages the clam resource and there are important rules and regulations to note:

  • A state shellfish license is required for clam diggers fourteen and older.
  • Each clam digger must dig their own limit of 15 razor clams and you cannot put any back.
  • Remember: even if you break a shell or dig a small clam, the first 15 that you dig you must keep.

Full list of shellfish regulations

Find alternative seafood cooking methods.

about author Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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