TIDELANDS and LAGOON SEASONS:
Clams and mussels open January 1 through April 15 only.
(Please take care not bury oysters when digging for clams.)
Oysters open January 1 through July 31 only.
The lagoon and the outer beach (Pt. Whitney Tidelands) both have Manila littleneck clams. The best spot on the outer beach is west of the pier, near the outlet of the lagoon. There are some native littleneck clams around the pier and elsewhere in sand and gravel substrate. There are butter clams present in the area around the pier.
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 1/2 inch minimum size. The highest oyster abundance is 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.
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. A Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is required to park at this site.