Mocrocks Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging is scheduled at Mocrocks Beach in Ocean Shores, as announced by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Abundant Razor Clams Allow More Days for Digging!

State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled additional razor clam digs on Washington ocean beaches for dates in October, November, and December.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) divides the harvest areas into five major management zones.  Copalis Beach just to the north of Ocean Shores has 17 scheduled days from October 29 to December 28.  Mockrocks Beach, a further north, has 16 days scheduled.

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

“Abundant razor clam populations on all beaches, except Kalaloch, are allowing for more digging opportunity this year,” said Ayres. “But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed.”

Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#beachmaps.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Razor clams are found primarily on the intertidal coastal beaches (those that are exposed at low tide) from a +3 foot level to a -2 foot tide level.

 Tentative Clam Digging Schedule 

Oct 26 Sat 5:59pm 0.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 27 Sun 6:47pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Oct 28 Mon 7:33pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 29 Tue 8:18pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Oct 30 Wed 9:03pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 31 Thu 9:50pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 1 Fri 10:38pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 11 Mon 5:51pm 0.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 12 Tue 6:27pm -0.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 13 Wed 7:03pm -0.5 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 14 Thu 7:41pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 15 Fri 8:22pm -0.5 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 16 Sat 9:08pm -0.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 17 Sun 9:59pm -0.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 24 Sun 4:47pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 25 Mon 5:34pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 26 Tue 6:18pm -1.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 27 Wed 7:02pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 28 Thu 7:44pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 29 Fri 8:29pm -0.7 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 30 Sat 9:10pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 10 Tue 5:28pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 11 Wed 6:06pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 12 Thu 6:45pm -0.9 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 13 Fri 7:26pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 14 Sat 8:08pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 15 Sun 8:53pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 16 Mon 9:41pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 23 Mon 4:35pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 26 Thur 6:47pm -1.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 27 Fri 7:26pm -0.9 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 28 Sat 8:05pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 29 Sun 8:43pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
 How many clams can you dig?

 

 

State law allows clam diggers to keep 15 clams. They must be the first 15 dug which means clammers may not throw back clams that are too small or that they cut through while digging. Each person’s clams must be kept in a separate container, this makes it easier for law enforcement to ensure each person is obeying the 15 clam limit.

Do you need a license to go clam digging?

Yes. Interested diggers can purchase licenses online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. If you need it sooner than 10 days you must go in-person to a licensing vendor. Ace Hardware is the only vendor inside Ocean Shores and tends to get very busy during clam digs. Clammers should try to buy a license before arriving. Find more license vendors here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.

Razor clam digging equipment.

Most importantly you will need something to dig with and something to store your clams in. Clam diggers also need to prepare for the weather which will probably be damp, cold, and windy.

Rusty Anchor: Newest Restaurant in Ocean Shores

Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub

Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub at The Polynesian Resort at Ocean Shores

The Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub recently opened on-site at The Polynesian Resort.

Ocean Shores visitors and residents can now enjoy a new casual dining experience along the Washington coast.

The new restaurant offers customers a variety of tasty dining options in a casual atmosphere.

“Increasingly, people are looking for a quality dining experience in a more relaxed venue, especially at the beach,” according to Kelly Weiler, Rusty Anchor’s new manager.  “With its fresh menu and inviting look, guests are sure to enjoy this new dining destination.”

The Rusty Anchor opens daily at 4 PM for dinner featuring fresh fish selections.  Other menu items include casual pub food like burgers, fish & chips, wraps, and salads.  There is also a new children’s menu.

The Rusty Anchor features several regional beers on tap, regional wines, and seasonal cocktails.  Daily happy hour food and beverage specials are offered from 4 to 6 PM. On the weekends, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 8 AM to Noon

The new Grill & Pub replaces Mariah’s Restaurant and Lounge at The Polynesian Resort.

Summer Fun Things to Do in Ocean Shores

Summer fun in Ocean Shores means kite flying

Flying kites at Ocean Shores

 

There are so many fun things to do during summer in Ocean Shores once you check into a spacious room at The Polynesian Resort.   

Drop your bags. Summertime fun is just around the corner. What to do first?  

With The Polynesian Resort as your home base, there are several family-friendly ways to get out and play in and around Ocean Shores.  From the start, you’ll be reminded of the carefree days of the past, when you enjoy all the things there are to do in summer in Ocean Shores with your own kids.   

On the beach in Ocean Shores

From The Polynesian Resort, stroll over the sand dunes to the beach.  Or if you to need to haul more gear than you want to carry, consider driving over.  Ocean Shores is one of the few places in Washington where you are allowed to park your vehicle on the beach.  Classic beach fun includes building a sand castle, flying a kite, tossing a Frisbee, strolling, jogging or just relaxing on the sand.  

Surfing attracts the most adventurous.  You can take lessons and rent a board wet suit from local experts.  You can also ride horses along the shoreline seven days a week all summer long.  Zip along the water’s edge on Fat bikes or mopeds, all rentable. 

Around the Lake

Ocean Shores is beautifully inviting for all members of the family. The town is surrounded by 23 miles of freshwater canals, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and easily accessible trails.  Wildlife abounds. The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and birdwatching.  You can fish off several public docks.

Around Town

Guests to Ocean Shores often feel nostalgic for earlier days. That’s because a visit to the arcades and shops around town make you feel like a kid again.  Have fun playing a round of mini-golf, racing your kids around a go-kart track or bowling. After that, you can enjoy an ice cream cone as you browse around unique stores, like Sharky’s gift shop.  Nearly every guest to Ocean Shores has stopped there at least one time for a photo-op and to browse.  You enter through the mouth of a giant shark. Once inside, its a treasure trove of collectibles including toys, stuffed animals, t-shirts and a vast selection of salt water taffy. 

Summertime in Ocean Shores is about relaxing and having fun with the people you love.  

When you stay at The Polynesian Resort, you can enjoy spacious condo-style accommodations with full kitchens, an indoor pool, and game room.  Next door, at The Polynesian Resort’s private park, kids can romp around lush green lawns and playground while enjoying a picnic or BBQ.  And, who doesn’t enjoy a great game of tetherball?

At The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores, summertime is made for fun. 

Summer fun in Ocean Shores with family on the beach.

Flag Day Parade An Ocean Shores Tradition

Flag Day float in Ocean Shores
Pirates at the 2017 Ocean Shores Flag Day Parade

The enthusiasm for Flag Day continues every June in Ocean Shores.

This year, the annual Flag Day parade will be led by the color guard from joint base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma.
The 75 entries include four marching bands, several drill teams, and the parade Grand Marshall, Miss Washington.
Other parade entries include military veterans, first responders, classic cars and colorful floats. All entries will be adorned in red, white and blue to honor the American Flag and what it represents.

The Ocean Shores Flag Day Parade is one of the largest held in Washington. The parade starts at 11 am on Saturday, June 8.

For over twenty years, the Ocean Shores community has come out in force to demonstrate its patriotism. Thousands of people are expected to cheer as the parade travels through town and down Chance a la Mer past the grandstands in front of the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Why Flag Day?

While the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, Flag Day commemorates the birthday of the U.S. Flag. The American Flag was recognized on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The original idea for a separate day to honor the American Flag is believed to have first originated over one hundred years later, in 1885.

That’s when a Wisconsin schoolteacher arranged for his young students to observe Flag Day while promoting civics, patriotism, and respect for the American symbol. For the next twenty years, the teacher, BJ Cigrand, continued to publish articles and make speeches. He enthusiastically advocated the observance of June 14 as Flag Day.

His campaign caught on and continued to spread, to Chicago, where he later moved, then to towns and cities in New York and Pennsylvania. Flag Day was adopted by the New York State Board of education in 1889. It was observed at the Betsey Ross house in 1991. Communities continued to embrace the idea of a separate Flag Day observance.

For more than three decades, spreading local and state celebrations of Flag Day eventually prompted President Woodrow Wilson to officially establish observance of Flag Day by the Proclamation in 1916.

While Flag Day events continued to be celebrated for years after Wilson’s proclamation, finally in 1949 President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 each year as National Flag Day.

And the tradition continues in Ocean Shores, Washington.

Join the celebration!

Sand & SawDust Festival in Ocean Shores

Ocean Shore’s annual  Sand & Sawdust Festival combines three days of events around the unique art forms of chainsaw carvings and sand castle building.  In addition, this year the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has incorporated its juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show into the event.  

Thirty amazing carvers will create nearly 100 unique chainsaw sculptures to be auctioned each day.   You can watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations to adorn your home or businesses. Professional and semi-pro chainsaw carvers from across the nation will demonstrate their skills  

Among the participants is an international carving legend, Bob King of Edgewood.  He started carving in the fall of 1998, after watching a chain saw carver at a local fair.  He became fascinated and has gone on to win more carving competitions than anyone in the world. The distinction earned him a star on the Wood Carvers Walk of Fame in Mulda, Germany, in 2010.    

Chainsaw King
Bob King, legendary carver

  

“..these events make you enrich and refine your existing talents! I can’t say enough about them. We are put in front of a nice block of wood, given a theme (nautical, animals, etc.,), given an allotted amount of time and boom, you’re off. Poetic pandemonium I call it. “

Bob King, Wood Carver

You can see what he means in Ocean Shores, June 28-30.

Amateur Sand Building

Amateur sand building teams’ team are invited to register for the annual Sandcastle competition.   The theme for this year’s contest is Castle Creatures. Each team will be given a 15×15’ square area to work within and a five-gallon bucket to use for carrying water.  Teams of 5 will use only sand, water, shells and other natural materials found on the beach that day can be used for construction and adornment.

Candyland depieted in the Sandcastle contest in Ocean Shores.
Candyland, depicted in a past Ocean Shores sandcastle building contest.

Novices can start the day with a free sand building workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday morning at the Convention Center.   The competition runs from 11am to 2pm with judging and awards following that.

Get all the information you need here.

FAther’s Day: Stay at The Polynesian, play in Ocean Shores

Duck Lake, Ocean Shores
Trout Fishing in Ocean Shores on Duck Lake

Father’s Day is coming up June 16 and it’s time to start planning special Father’s Day fun. Start with a stay at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.  Find out how you can save up to 35% on all bookings before June 20.

Once you get the dialed in, you can add in any of these fun activities to enjoy special time with your go-to guy.

 Fishing on Duck Lake  

When you are thinking of quality time with your dad, fishing is always a can’t-miss activity   Duck Lake is located smack in the middle of town. The Lake is stocked regularly with Rainbow and Jumbo Rainbow Trout.   The City of Ocean Shores maintains and patrols two public boat launches. The first is at North Bay Park, near the center of town and the other at Chinook Park. Anglers can fish off the docks, embankments or launch their own vessels.  Both parks have ample parking, play areas, portable restrooms and are wheelchair accessible. Fishing licenses can be picked up in town at the Ace Hardware.  A one-day freshwater fishing license for residents is $15.69. No license required for 14 and under.

Go Golfing

Right across the street from The Polynesian Resort, you’ll find the Ocean Shores Golf Course, rightly deemed “challenging yet thoroughly fun to play.” Therefore, you should have a good time, regardless of your skill level. The front 9 holes weave through serene stands of lofty hemlock and spruce trees. The wider links-style back 9 holes will make you think you are in Scotland. For example, these links feature wide fairways, lined with beach grass and water.   Dad will love it.  Book your start time online.

Ride a Moped  

 Around town or on the beach, bombing along on Mopeds in Ocean Shores is a classic activity.  Rent them and head out to explore the town. From Affordable Mopeds.

Go Karting

He probably taught you to drive and still thinks he can teach you a thing or two.  See who laps who these days at Playtime Family Fun.  After that, you can check out other arcade style fun there and at the Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center

Take a bike ride

At this point, dad will probably be glad to know that Ocean Shores is mostly flat.  Easy for him to peddle therefore he’ll be able to share cycling stories from his youth.  Ask him about his first two-wheeler.  Bring your own bikes to the beach or rent them.

Soak in Pool & Spa

This refreshing heated pool and spa at The Polynesian Resort will lull dad to relax. Wind down with him and hear about the guy he was before you came along.

Pose for a great photo

Pick a special spot and create an image you’ll cherish for years to come.   For instance, pose for a photo on the beach at sunset, on a forest trail or near the jetty. Make a memory with dad.

For Mom, natural beauty & a unique vibe

Mom relaxing on the Washington coast
Take mom to the beach and just watch her relax

Sure, summer is around the corner, but there’s no reason to wait to plan a trip to The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.

Spend some time with the miracle-worker who loves you more than anything in the world. Reserve an oceanfront room or suite and just watch Mom relax. Or purchase a gift certificate for a later stay. She won’t say so, but you’ll be her favorite. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12.
fresh water surrounds Ocean Shores

Natural Beauty Abounds

Ocean Shores is surrounded by 23 miles of freshwater canals, with the Pacific ocean to the west.  Therefore, wildlife abounds.  Freshwater fishing is plentiful.  The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and bird watching.  Bring your dog for a stroll along the 1.2 mile Weatherwax Trail around Duck Lake, amid 120 acres of old growth forest.  Or, venture ocean side for miles of sand dunes and flat, accessible beaches.

A Unique Vibe

Ocean Shores mopeds

Ocean Shores is distinctive. In other words, you can find adventures that are unique to Ocean Shores. For one, you can park your car on the beach, entering from five separate access points.  Therefore, it’s easy to load up your car with a picnic and gear for a day of play.   In addition, you can rent mopeds for a ride on the beach or try out an electric fat tire bicycle.  Afterward, go bowling, race the kids around a go-kart track or play mini-golf.  Discover surf shops, seafood restaurants and a boardwalk perfect for strolling at sunset. There’s something for everyone in Ocean Shores.

The Polynesian Resort offers the only condominium-style accommodations oceanfront in Ocean Shores. That means spacious 1 and 2 bedroom units with full kitchens. Amenities include continental breakfast, free Wi-FI and an incredibly inviting indoor pool with spa and sauna.

Call today. Save up to 35%

If you book your stay before June 20th, you can save up to 35%. Call today to reserve your oceanfront room or suite and find out about other special lodging deals, 1-800-562-4836. Excludes Memorial Day weekend. Other restrictions may apply.

19 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Ocean Shores & Special Fall Rates

Ocean Shores has 23 miles of canals inviting for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards.

After one long hot summer, few places are as inviting as an Autumn escape to the Central Washington coast.  In the interest of full disclosure, it would be wise to pack a favorite sweatshirt or jacket for cooler days and nights.

Here are 19 ways for you to get refreshed and recharged in Ocean Shores this Fall.
  1. Breathe fresh salt air
  2. Stroll the beach and sand dunes
  3. Hike lakeside trails
  4. Watch the tide roll in and out
  5. Take a surf lesson (rent a board and wetsuit)
  6.  Freshwater fishing
  7. Look for wildlife
  8. Dips in the sparkling pool & spa
  9. Kayak
  10. Take a long bike ride
  11. Play a game of catch. Or tag. Or toss a Frisbee
  12. Jog
  13. Go-karts with the kids
  14. Two words: arcade fun
  15. Cruise around on a moped
  16. Standup paddleboard on the canal
  17. Tetherball anyone? Play in the private park at The Polynesian
  18. Ride an electric boat around the canals
  19. Sleep with the window open

Fall Getaway: The Longer You Stay, the More You Save!
Stay one night, get 10% off.  Stay two nights, get 20% off.  Stay three nights and ge5 30% off.   This offer is valid any days now through November 18.

Roomy Condominium Accommodations

The Polynesian Resort is one of the most popular resorts along the Central Washington Coast.  It features roomy, condominium accommodations.   There’s plenty of room for family and friends.  Full kitchens are available. The Polynesian also provides free continental breakfast each morning except Sundays when you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet at Mariah’s Restaurant.

Amenities include a sparkling indoor pool, sauna, and spa.  Check availability online.

 

Family-Fun in Ocean Shores, Washington

What’s on your family-fun bucket list?

If you come to Ocean Shores, you can be sure to find memory-making adventures for everyone in your family.

Honey Pride Stables provides horses for beach rides in Ocean Shores

 

Natural Beauty

Ocean Shores is beautifully inviting for all members of the family. The town is surrounded by 23 miles of freshwater canals, with the Pacific ocean to the west.  Wildlife abounds.  Freshwater fishing is plentiful.  The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and birdwatching. On the coast side, you’ll find miles of flat accessible beaches, perfect for kite flying, beach combing, and lounging.

A Unique Vibe

Ocean Shores has a unique vibe.  For one, you can park your car on the beach,  entering from five separate access points. Families love to load up their picnics and gear for a day of play, especially on July 4th when the sky is filled with colorful fireworks. You can also rent mopeds to ride on the beach or try out an electric fat tire bicycle.  Or visit Honey Pearl Farms or Chenois Creek Horse Rentals for a horseback ride along the sand.

Go Play!

The attractions in town are extremely inviting for families with kids.  After a day on the beach, you can go bowling, race the kids around a go-kart track or play mini-golf.  Discover surf shops, seafood joints and a boardwalk perfect for strolling at sunset. Certainly, a kid-friendly stop is the destination souvenir shop you enter through the mouth of a giant shark.   Appropriately known as Sharkey, nearly every visitor to Ocean Shores stops there at least one time for a photo or to select a treasure to take home.

Ocean Shores is the place to come to just relax and have fun with the people you love.

Ocean Shores means summer for many Washington families.

See why. Stay at The Polynesian Resort and enjoy spacious condo-style accommodations with full kitchens, an indoor pool, game room and private park.

There’s plenty to do!

 

 

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