Clam Digging Long Beach Washington Coast

Long Beach WA Razor Clam Guide

The season for razor clam digging is open from early Fall to early Spring. Plan your trip now by checking the clamming dates at our Events and Activities Calendar. Discover why thousands of people flock to the Pacific Northwest to experience digging for razor clams on the Long Beach Penisula. Looking for these tasty morsels is mentioned in our Top 15 Things to Do in Long Beach, WA, and our Top Activities for Family Fun.

Historic photo of a clam dig

A Brief History


Clam digging has a long-standing tradition on the Long Beach Peninsula. Native Americans who live on the Washington Coast have relied on razor clams as a source of protein and trade items for millennia. And the Long Beach Peninsula has been celebrating the annual Razor Clam Festival for over 80 years. Uncovering these tasty mollusks continues to be an integral part of the Pacific Northwest culture and community today. 

Family at the beach jumping with clam guns

Family Fun for Everyone


Excavating clams in Long Beach, Washington State is an activity everyone in the family will love. Looking for razor clams is an easy, fun, and affordable pastime that brings returning tourists to the Pacific Northwest every year. You don’t need any prior experience for this activity; everyone from little ones to grandparents can enjoy this activity. So gather the family and read on to learn how to get started.


Man digging for a clam in Ocean Park, WA

Where to Find Clams


You can look for clams pretty much anywhere on the Long Beach Peninsula, except for a few small restricted areas. And since you can drive on the beaches, looking for clams in multiple locations is a breeze. You can find all of the open razor clam beaches in the area here.  

Bowl of Clam Chowder


How to Clean and Cook Clams


Clamming is more than just a fun activity; they are also incredibly delicious to eat. The first step after digging is to clean your mollusks. Follow along with this instructional video and learn the easiest way to clean your razor clams. After they are clean, you have to decide how you want to prepare them. Check out this easy and tasty fried razor clam recipe or this classic Pacific razor clam chowder recipe


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Where to Buy Supplies


To embark on your shellfish searching adventure, you need a few things to get you started. You will need a shovel or specialized clam gun, boots, a container, and a license for those 15 or older. Many of our properties at Bloomer Estates Washington Coast Vacation Rentals already have clam guns, so check with the team before you buy anything. If there is no digging equipment in your vacation rental, then you can stop by our local department stores to buy everything you may need, including boots, clam shovels, and a net. The local pharmacies may also carry clam guns.

Seahaven Vacation Rental

Long Beach Family Friendly Vacation Rentals


Bloomer Estates Washington Coast Vacation Rentals is the best choice for lodging when you are clam digging Long Beach, WA. Many of our vacation rentals already have the necessary gear and include amenities the kids will love. We even have waterfront properties steps away from the beach for endless clamming opportunities. Browse all of our Long Beach, Ocean Park, and Seaview vacation rentals here and join us for a fun and educational family vacation.