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.

 

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