GREAT CLAMMING! JUST MINUTES FROM SEATTLE, WA

SHELLFISH GATHERING

With a salt water canal at its center and a myriad of lakes, waterfalls and streams surrounding the inner fingers of Puget Sound – this area is rich in aquaculture and water related opportunities. It’s time to start planning your outdoor adventures!

If you harvest clams or oysters, make sure to keep them on ice or eat them soon after harvest. DOH advises that shellfish recreationally harvested from June through September, should be cooked thoroughly to  just to avoid any bacteria caused by low waters and the sunshine.

“Prepare yourself with buckets, boots, license and check the tides & harvest map. Local State Parks support a healthy stock of clams and oysters for license holders – free for the taking!

Peak clamming season in Washington State  generally runs late fall through early spring. When planning your trip be sure to check their website for updated dates, locations, and tide levels. Insider tip: If they confirm the dates, go for the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival on Saturday, April

SHELLFISH GATHERING RULES AND SEASONS

What a great affordable vacation option that anyone can enjoy!

Fun, Entertaining and Educational.  

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RUBBER BOOTS, A BUCKET AND THESE TYPE OF THINGS

 

To search for clams on the shore, look for coin-sized depressions and water spurting out of the hole. Once you’ve found a potential spot, dig directly below the depression, pull out the clam, and place it in a sealable bucket.

After properly storing your clams, you’ll be able to make a fresh and delicious seafood meal.

Wear sturdy footwear if you’re wading to collect the oysters, to protect your feet from sharp oyster shells and debris.

Rake a toothed oyster dredge across the reef and scoop the oysters into the basket, then dump them in a bucket with the dredge seems full. Throw any dead oysters back into the water.

Before the fun begins we need to get ourselves to Seattle, Washington. Locate the Red X on the map to locate Hood Canal our final destination.

We are finding flights from DFW to Seattle for as little as $160rt on AirFareWatchDog.com

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MAY I SUGGEST AS MY 1ST CHOICE ON THE HOOD CANAL

 Averages $85 to $120 per night. Clean and on the water’s edge

ROBIN HOOD RESORT – HOOD CANAL

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ROBIN HOOD RESORT – HOOD CANAL

 Averages $85 to $120 per night. Clean and on the water’s edge

 

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Ok, Lets Go find Some Clams and Oysters!

Keep In Mind All These Locations Are Minutes From Each Other

 

SOUTH PUGET SOUND

Hope Island State Park – Boat access only.
Oysters are incidental at this site but clamming can be quite good. This beach is a very popular place to dig for geoducks. A tide lower than -2.0 feet is best for geoducks.  Most of the oysters are on the west side of the island near the south end. The season only open for the month of May.

North Bay – Abundant Manila clams and an enhanced oyster bed. The season here is short and locked into May and September under terms of a shoreline agreement.

Oakland Bay Tideland  – Open year-round, good shore access with parking. Manila clams and oysters can be found here.

HOOD CANAL

Belfair State Park – Excellent beach for oysters and Manila clams can be found here.

Potlatch State Park  – Seasonally open – oysters and a variety of clam species. Clams, mussels and oysters open April 1 through August 31

Lilliwaup State Park – Open year-round, excellent for oysters and native clams. Clamming is difficult due to the cobble substrate, but the beach is abundant with butter clams.

Rendsland Creek  – Open year-round, excellent for oysters and a variety of clams can be found here although not in great densities.

Twanoh State Park  – Open year-round for oysters and seasonally for clams, check season before harvesting. Good beach for Manila clams.

DNR 33, 47 & 48  – Boat access only beaches, open year-round for clams and oysters.

Eagle Creek  – Open year-round for oysters and seasonally for clams, check seasons before harvesting. This is an excellent oyster beach.

Triton Cove State Park – There is very little clam resource on this beach, but there are good numbers of  year-round oysters. 

Dosewallips State Park – This is an excellent beach for 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.

The traditions of clam digging and oyster harvesting run deeply through the historical veins of the Olympic Peninsula. As one of the most bountiful places in the country when it comes to sea-fare,a visit compels us to unearthing our boots, shovels, and spades from the back of the garage.

With a thirst for adventure and a hankering for the freshest seafood around, we’ll bee-line to our favorite digging grounds and want to take you with us as we embark on the adventure.

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HITTING THE BEACH

A short ten minute drive from Urraco takes you to the Oyster Reserves of Oakland Bay. Digging for both clams and oysters are permitted year-round. Most outdoor supply stores and even gas stations in the area will sell one, two, three day, or annual shellfish licenses for reasonable prices. Don’t get caught without one! Don your rubber boots and your gloves, grab a bucket (regulations require that each adventurer has his own), and a clam rake and get to it! 

Oakland Bay’s bounty is easily harvested at higher tides and requires little need to venture into the thick mud at the lowest point on the beach. Manila clams can be found in abundance and oysters can be spotted around every corner. Be sure to know the regulations of any site you visit.

Remember: the eats are only good if the creatures are alive and remain so until you are ready to throw them down the hatch. This means you should avoid broken shells or shells that aren’t tightly closed. Leave damaged specimens in the ground, and keep up with current beach closures due to red tide and other harmful toxins here.

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ENJOY THE HARVEST

 Leisurely evenings in Hood Canal are second-to-none and that’s before you have a pot of Manila clams bubbling away in a savory sauce made with Hoodsport Winery riesling in front of you. There are a myriad of ways to prepare your shellfish harvest, but the experts from Taylor Shellfish Farms have a few tried-and-true recommendations that you can find here.

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 As the sun slowly sets on Hood Canal, remember that we love to see it all from your point of view.  

Please share any photos or remarks.

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ROBIN HOOD RESORT – HOOD CANAL

 Averages $85 to $120 per night. Clean and on the water’s edge

 

Other Accommodations Near Hood Canal

VRBO

BOOKING.COM

TRIPADVISOR

 

 

We are finding flights from DFW to Seattle for as little as $160rt on AirFareWatchDog.com

AIRFAIRWATCHDOG

 

MAY I SUGGEST AS MY 1ST CHOICE ON THE HOOD CANAL

 Averages $85 to $120 per night. Clean and on the water’s edge

ROBIN HOOD RESORT – HOOD CANAL

 

APRIL IS ALMOST HERE, LET’S GO CLAMMING

CHRIS

 

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