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Razor Clam Regulations

Coastal Beaches

  • Species: Razor Clams (Siliqua patula)
  • Season: To Be Announced
  • Additional Rules:
    • No minimum size.
    • Daily limit: first 15 dug regardless of size or condition (broken clams count towards limit). Each limit must be in a separate container.
    • Harvest Methods: May only be taken by hand, hand-operated shovel, or tube with a minimum outside diameter of 4" (4" x 3" if elliptical).
    • All clams dug are part of digger’s limit; no clams may be returned to the beach or water.
    • It is illegal to drive any vehicle or to lead or ride a horse on razor clam beds.
    • Accessibility: The person with a disability for whom razor clams are being dug must be in line of sight of the designated harvester or within ¼ mile of the digging site. Both the digger and the person with a disability must be licensed. The person with a disability must have a designated harvester companion card. The designated harvester must have the designated harvester companion card in their possession while assisting the person with a disability. (See License Information).

Coastal Regions and Clamming Areas

Long Beach Area

Spanning from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point, the Long Beach region encompasses several charming locales, including Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park, and Oysterville. These areas offer a diverse range of experiences, from serene beachcombing to adventurous clamming expeditions.

Twin Harbors Region

The Twin Harbors area extends along the northern shore of Willapa Bay, beginning from Toke Point in the west and encompassing various communities such as North Cove, Grayland, and Westport. Notably, beaches within the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation are excluded. This region boasts picturesque landscapes and abundant clamming opportunities for enthusiasts.

Copalis Coastal Zone

Stretching from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, the Copalis zone includes popular destinations like Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City, and Copalis. With its scenic vistas and accessible clamming spots, this area attracts visitors seeking both relaxation and adventure along the Washington coast.

Mocrocks Shoreline

The Mocrocks region spans from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Indian Nation, incorporating areas like Iron Springs, Roosevelt, Pacific Beach, and Moclips. Clamming enthusiasts flock to these shores to indulge in the rich bounty of razor clams while enjoying the natural beauty and tranquility of the surroundings.

Kalaloch Coastal Area

From the Olympic National Park South Beach Campground to Brown's Point, just south of Olympic National Park Beach Trail #3, lies the Kalaloch coastal area. This pristine stretch of coastline offers a serene retreat for nature lovers, with opportunities for clamming and exploration amidst the breathtaking scenery of Olympic National Park.

Protected Razor Clam Reserves

Copalis Beach Reserve

Situated approximately 0.4 miles south of the Ocean City approach (2nd Ave.), the Copalis Beach Reserve spans southward for a quarter-mile stretch along the coastline. This designated sanctuary area is clearly demarcated by metal posts and signage, indicating a "no digging" zone. The purpose of this reserve is to safeguard the razor clam population and ensure sustainable management practices.

Twin Harbors Reserve

The Twin Harbors Reserve encompasses the section of beach starting from the middle of the County Line Rd. approach, extending southward for a quarter-mile distance. Marked with metal posts and prominent signage, this area serves as a protected habitat for razor clams, where digging activities are prohibited. By establishing this reserve, authorities aim to preserve the delicate balance of coastal ecosystems and promote the long-term health of razor clam populations.

Long Beach Reserve

Beginning 2.7 miles north of the Oysterville approach, the Long Beach Reserve extends northward for a quarter-mile span. This designated reserve area is easily identifiable by the presence of metal posts and clear signage indicating restricted digging zones. By implementing protective measures in this region, authorities aim to conserve the razor clam habitat and ensure sustainable harvesting practices for future generations.

Pacific Razor Clam Species

The Pacific Razor Clam (Siliqua patula) is a species unique to the Pacific coastal beaches. Growing up to 6 inches in length, these clams feature fragile, thin elongated shells covered with a shiny, tan lacquer-like skin coating. Due to their ecological importance and economic significance, conservation efforts, such as establishing reserves, are crucial for the preservation of Pacific Razor Clam populations and their habitats.

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