DOSEWALLIPS STATE PARK

Clams and mussels open August 15 through September 7, 2019 only.
(A longer clam season is anticipated in 2020. Please take care not to bury oysters when digging for clams.)

Oysters open year-round

Harvest profile

This is an excellent beach for Manila littleneck clams. The best areas are in the mid-upper tidal zone in mixed sand and gravel substrate. Productive digging is also found around and among the oysters, an area often overlooked by harvesters. Please take care not to cover oysters with sand and mud as this will potentially kill the oysters. Native littleneck clams are available in the same areas as the Manila clams. Butter clams, cockles and horse clams can be found in the sandy areas below the oysters. This is a popular and productive beach for geoducks in the low tidal zone below minus two feet.

This is an excellent beach for oysters.

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Directions

From the south (Shelton and Olympia) travel north on Highway 101 to Brinnon. Day parking and access to the beach are reached by taking the first right after you cross the Dosewallips River. The beach access parking area is just north of the camp ground and the beach access trail head is located in the southeast corner of the parking area. The parking area is marked on the highway.

From the north (Kitsap County, Port Townsend, Port Angeles) travel south on Highway 101 to Brinnon. Day parking and access to the beach are reached by taking the last left before the Dosewallips River bridge. The beach access parking area is just south of the Brinnon Store and the beach access trail head is located in the south east corner of the parking area. The parking area is marked on the highway.

Facilities

Dosewallips State Park has restrooms, showers, potable water, camping, and picnic areas. There are informational displays at the beach trail head. This beach has lots to offer bird watchers, hikers and naturalists. There is an observation platform on the beach trail that affords an excellent view of the tide flats, Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Many types of birds, marine mammals and other wildlife can be seen from the platform. There is a grocery store and cafe a short distance away from Dosewallips State Park.