Razor clam digs approved for May 4 through May 14

April 28, 2023

Action:  Opens Razor clam seasons.

Effective dates:  May 4 through May 14, 2023

Species affected:  Razor Clams

Map of razor clam beaches on Washington coast

Specific daytime low tides and beaches that are open:

  • May 4, Thursday, 6:32 AM; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 5, Friday, 7:10 AM; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • May 6, Saturday, 7:49 AM; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 7, Sunday, 8:31 AM; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • May 8, Monday, 9:15 AM; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 9, Tuesday, 10:03 AM; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • May 10, Wednesday, 10:57 AM; -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 11, Thursday, 11:56 AM; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging allowed 4 AM until 4 PM only)
  • May 12, Friday, 12:59 PM; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (digging allowed 4 AM until 4 PM only)
  • May 13, Saturday, 2:03 PM; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging allowed 4 AM until 4 PM only)
  • May 14, Sunday, 3:03 PM; 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (digging allowed 4 AM until 4 PM only)

Locations:  

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

Copalis Beach; which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes 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, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from Cape Shoalwater to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Reason for action:  Harvestable numbers of razor clams are available and toxin levels are safe for consumption for clams from Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks beaches.

All other razor clam beaches remain closed due to toxin levels above the WDOH action level.

Additional information:  The daily limit has been temporarily increased to 20 razor clams per person. Under state law, a daily limit consists of the first 20 clams dug regardless of size or condition, and each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Digging is prohibited in the razor clam reserve located just south of the Ocean City approach on Copalis, which are marked by tall poles with signs.

Information contact:  Bryce Blumenthal (360) 249-4628, Region 6 Montesano

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov).