Clam Digging in Ocean Shores, Washington

Ocean Shores clam diggers.

Razor clam digging brings thousands of people to Washington's beaches every year. Below is everything you need to know about how to get started and when you can dig.

2017 tentative razor clam dig schedule:

 Date

Day

Time

Low tide
(feet)

Beaches open for digging
(Copalis is the stretch of beach
which includes Ocean Shores)

11/2/17 Thursday 6:03pm 0.1 Copalis
11/3/17 Friday 6:47pm -0.7 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
11/4/17 Saturday 7:31pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
11/5/17 Sunday 7:16pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
12/1/17 Friday 4:42pm -0.3 Copalis
12/2/17 Saturday 5:29pm -1.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
12/3/17 Sunday 6:15pm -1.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
12/4/17 Monday 7:02pm -1.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
12/31/17 Sunday 5:12pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mockrocks

Useful information to know about digging razor clams in Washington:

Before your trip, double-check the schedule

Sometimes digs are cancelled with little notice if the Department of Health detects toxins or other issues with the shellfish population. Double-check the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before your trip.

How many clams can you dig?

State law allows you to keep 15 clams. They must be the first 15 you dig which means you aren't allowed to throw back clams that are too small or that you 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 dig clams?

Yes. You 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 which you can find here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/

How do you dig for clams?