Clam and mussel seasons OPEN for harvest January 1 through April 30, 2021 only.
Oyster season OPEN for harvest January 1 through August 31, 2021 only.
Clam, mussel, and oyster seasons are the same for Point Whitney Tidelands and Point Whitney Lagoon.
Please take care not to cover oysters with sand and mud while digging clams because this will potentially kill the oysters.
The lagoon and the outer beach (Point. Whitney Tidelands) both have Manila littleneck clams. The best spot for Manilas on the outer beach is west of the pier, near the outlet of the lagoon. There are some native littleneck clams and butters clams in sand and gravel substrate at lower tidal elevations.
There are oysters in the lagoon and on the outer tidelands. The average size for oysters is small and harvesters are reminded that there is a 2 ½ inch minimum size. The highest oyster abundance is around the point at at the south end of the outer tidelands.
From the south, follow Highway 101 though the town of Brinnon and proceed north for about three miles. Turn right at the Cove RV Park and Grocery onto Bee Mill Road. Continue for two miles to the Point Whitney Shellfish Lab. There is ample parking at the end of the road west of the Lab.
From the north, follow Highway 101 south through Quilcene for about 8 miles and turn left at the Cove RV Park and Grocery onto Bee Mill Road. Continue for two miles to the Point Whitney Shellfish Lab. There is ample parking at the end of the road west of the Lab.
A Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is required to park at this site.
There are public restrooms on site and an information kiosk near the boat ramp. The boat ramp is often covered with sand and four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for launching boats here. There is a picnic table and fire/cooking ring at the north end of the parking lot.