Clatsop Spit Beaches - Gearhart
The broad sandy beaches from Clatsop Spit south to Seaside offer the clam digger the most productive razor clam digging along the Oregon Coast. More razor clams are dug from the 18 miles of sandy beaches from Clatsop Spit to Seaside than from all of Oregon's beaches combined. The annual abundance of razor clams on Clatsop Spit beaches varies from high to low numbers over a 15 year cycle. Colder ocean water produces 20.5 percent higher population densities than those occurring during periods of warm ocean water. During years with the cold ocean water and high razor clam abundance a greater percentage of digging effort occurs on Seaside and Gearhart beaches: during years with warm ocean water and low razor clam abundance a greater percentage of digging effort occurs on the beaches north or Gearhart. The beaches from Clatsop Spit to Seaside are closed to the taking of razor clams from July 15th through September 30th each summer to protect juvenile razor clams from being dug, odfw.
CLAM DIGGING and CRAB CLINIC EVENTS
For those of you who desire hands on experience digging clams get a head start by attending one of our 2016 Lincoln City Sponsored Clam Digging and Crabbing Clinic Events at Siletz Bay.
Gearhart is located just north of Seaside is accessible by turning west onto Pacific Avenue from Highway 101. Follow the signs for beach access and park on the beach. During the 2013 season the most productive digging for razor clams on Clatsop Spit Beaches was from the beach at Seaside. The 2014 season finds the most productive digging from the beach associated with Fort Stevens and from the Cove at the southern end of the beach at Seaside. The 2015 season finds Columbia Beach at Fort Stevens at the top of the mark for digging razor clams using the digging method recomended by ODFW. 2016 finds razor clams distributed evenly along the sandy beacher from the Cove north to the south jetty.
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