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Map of Razor Clam Beaches

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

November 22, 2016
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

Twin Harbors will open for 3 days
of razor clam digging starting Saturday

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to Twin Harbors beach for a three-day opening that begins Nov. 26, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests confirmed clams from the beach are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.

Diggers had plenty of success last weekend at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

"Not only were most folks digging their limits but they were harvesting some good-sized clams," Ayres said.

The upcoming dig is approved at Twin Harbors on the following dates and low tides:

  • Nov. 26, Saturday, 4:47 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 27, Sunday, 5:24 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 28, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.

More information about razor clams and domoic acid can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

A list of additional proposed openings through Dec. 31, 2016, is available below.


Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available from license vendors around the state and WDFW’s licensing customer service number at (360) 902-2464.


2016-17 Washington Tentative
Fall Recreational Razor Clam Openings

 Date

Day

Time

Low Tide

Beaches Scheduled to be Open

11/26

Sat

4:47 pm

0.5

Twin Harbors

11/27

Sun

5:24 pm 

0.2

Twin Harbors

11/28

Mon

5:59 pm 

-0.1

Twin Harbors

 

 

 

 

 

12/10

Sat

3:28 pm

0.5

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

12/11

Sun

4:21 pm

-0.5

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

12/12

Mon

5:11 pm

-1.2

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/13

Tue

5:59 pm

-1.6

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/14

Wed

6:46 pm

-1.8

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/15

Thu

7:32 pm 

-1.7

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/16

Fri

8:18 pm 

-1.3

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/17

Sat

9:04 pm 

-0.7

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/18

Sun

9:51 pm

0.0

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

 

 

 

 

 

12/26

Mon

5:00 pm 

0.3

Long Beach

12/27

Tue

5:37 pm 

0.0

Long Beach

12/28

Wed

6:13 pm 

-0.2

Long Beach

12/29

Thu

6:47 pm 

-0.4

Long Beach, Twin Harbors

12/30

Fri

7:22 pm 

-0.4

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

12/31

Sat

7:57 pm 

-0.4

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks


The Washington Department of Health (DOH) monitors shellfish for a variety of contaminants, including biotoxins, pollution, and radiation. For more information on shellfish safety, visit DOH's recreational shellfish webpage.