Tips for an Ocean Shores Clam Digging Adventure

When planning your Washington coast getaway, there are some activities that automatically come to mind, like hiking through forestsfishing along the coastline, and whale watching. When you stay at The Polynesian Resort, you’ll be able to enjoy all of these Pacific Northwest pastimes and more. Another fun and unique experience to try during your vacation in Ocean Shores is clam digging.

What You Need to Know about Digging for Razor Clams

Just like with fishing, there is a season for clam digging. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is in charge of setting the season and scheduling digs. Keep an eye on our calendar for scheduled digs.

Our Ocean Shores resort is near two clam digging beaches: Copalis Beach from the north jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor to Copalis River, and from the Copalis River to the south boundary of the Quinault Indian Reservation on Mocrocks Beach.

You really only need a few tools to enjoy clam digging:

  • A clam shovel or clam gun
  • Something to store your clams in
  • clamming license

What to Look for before Digging

Digging for razor clams is made easier and more successful when you know what to look for. When you arrive at the beach, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for clam shows. There are three significant kinds of shows:

  • Dimple: a depression in the sand
  • Keyhole: A whole in the stand that has very distinct sides or is shaped like an hourglass
  • Doughnut: A depression in the sand that has raised sides

You can also find clams on the edge of the surf line. Before digging, check out the video from the WDFW to learn how to dig for clams from experts.

Experience All the Pacific Northwest Has to Offer

With so much to do and see, Ocean Shores is the perfect destination for any vacation. The Polynesian Resort is the ideal home base for your Washington coast vacation. Be close to top clam digging beaches, beautiful parks, and more. When you book your stay at our Ocean Shores resort, rest easy knowing you’ll have a relaxing and cozy room to unwind in after a day of exploring. Don’t forget to grab something to eat at Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub, our on-site restaurant. Learn more about our accommodation options and amenities by calling 1-800-562-4836.

Check The Polynesian Resort events calendar to see schedule dig dates.

Dig dates are subject to change.

 

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.

11 days of clamming, winter rates & sunshine, too!

Razor clam diggers can look forward to a five-day opening beginning this Friday, Jan. 27 at Copalis beach in Ocean Shores, overlapping with three days of digging at Mocrocks beach nearby.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides, detailed below.

Eleven days of clam digging is great news—especially when guests to The Polynesian can take advantage of special winter season rates now.

Guests who stay The Polynesian can take advantage of two specials through March 31, depending on dates of stay.   Stay 3 nights (including the weekend) and just pay for 2.  Or, Stay 2 nights for the price of 1 (Sunday-Thursday).  Just call to make your reservations.

It’s a great time for a relaxing visit to the majestic Washington coast.   More good news is in the weather forecast.  The sun is expected to make an extended appearance on Saturday with mild temps in the 50’s.  Friday, though partly cloudy, is expected to be dry.

Rain or shine, with huge apartment-style suites, a sparkling indoor pool and game room, there’s plenty to do.

See you at the Poly!

 Approved dates for clamming digging on Ocean Shores Beaches:t_map_beaches

Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis;

Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis;

Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks.

Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks;

Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks;

3 Day Weekend Dovetails with 3 Days of Clamdigging

clam-girl  clam

With schools closed Monday in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday,its a great time to head to the Washington coast and for some family-friendly clam digging.

Friday through Saturday digs have been approved for Ocean Shores Beaches, dovetailing nicely into the long weekend.

 Date

Day

Time

Low Tide

Beaches Scheduled to be Open

Jan. 13, Friday 7:17 p.m. -1.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 14, Saturday 7:59 p.m. -1.0 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 15, Sunday 8:40 p.m. -0.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks

If you are new to clam digging, the Washington State Fish & Wildlife Department has created a great “how-to” page with a nifty video, Digging Razor Clams with Kids in Washington.

Since The Polynesian provides the only apartment-style lodging in Ocean Shores, its the perfect place to stay, providing full kitchens and plenty of room for you,  family and friends to relax.  Besides the spacious ocean front rooms and suites, you can enjoy the sparkling indoor pool and spa and game room. Just steps to the beach, there’s always plenty to do!

Right now, you can take advantage of special seasonal rates too:  stay three nights, pay for two.

Looking ahead, WDF&W has also set aside five more dates for clamming on  Ocean Shores at the end of the month:  Friday-Tuesday, January 27-31, 2017.

So make reservations now for winter adventures on the Washington coast.

 

 

Razor clam digging OK’d for May 2-3

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Copalis Beach, also known as Ocean Shores.

 

Olympia  – Clam diggers got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig starting May 2 at Copalis and Mocrocks Beaches, in Ocean Shores.

The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores has long been a favorite of retreat for fans of razor clam digging.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

  • May 2, Saturday; 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet;  Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)
  • May 3, Sunday; 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)

WDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.go and from license vendors around the state.

During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.

The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”

To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.

Tentative upcoming digs

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates.

  • May 7, Thursday; 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet;
  • May 8, Friday; 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet;
  • May 9, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet;
  • May 10, Sunday; 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; ,
  • May 15, Friday; 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet;
  • May 16, Saturday; 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet;
  • May 17, Sunday; 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; ,
  • May 22, Friday; 10:18 a.m., -0.8 feet;
  • May 23, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.2 feet;
  • May 24, Sunday; 11:51 a.m., 0.3 feet;

 

Clamming Ocean Shores, or Copalis Beach

Clam digging in  Ocean Shores, WA