Clam Digging Washington Coast

Long Beach and Westport WA Razor Clam Guide


Check the 2023 and 2024 CLAM DIGGING DATES 

Get ready for a thrilling adventure with razor clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula! The season is open from early Fall to early Spring, offering ample opportunities for clam digging enthusiasts. Find out why thousands come to Long Beach, WA, every year to experience the joy of digging for razor clams. Plan your trip now by checking the clamming dates at our Events and Activities Calendar, and explore our Top 15 Things to Do in Long Beach, including clam digging, for endless family fun. Don't miss out; book your stay today!  (Updated Aug, 23)

Clam Digging on the Long Beach Peninsula

A Brief History


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

Family of four enjoys a fun day clamming

Family Fun for Everyone


Excavating clams along the Washington Coast 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 anywhere on the Long Beach Peninsula and Westport, 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.

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Long Beach and Westport, WA Family Friendly Vacation Rentals


Bloomer Estates Washington Coast Vacation Rentals is the best choice for lodging when you are clam-digging in Long Beach or Westport, 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. Under new management is the Silver Sands Motel in Westport, WA

 Browse all of our Long Beach, Ocean Park, and Seaview vacation rentals here and join us for a fun and educational family vacation.