Points of Interest and Places to Visit plus Businesses that Support the Interests of Recreational Clam Diggers and those that don't.
Visit Englund Marine Industrial Supply Co., Inc. 95 Hamburg Ave. Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-4341 for all of your fishing, crabbing and clamming digging equipment needs in Oregon's coastal waters. Englund Marine has stores located Newport and Charleston in the Coos Bay area. Be sure to the yearly blowout dockside sale in Newport, Astoria and in Charleston durning the two day annual event in July and August.
Graf's Automotive - Service you can trust. (503 325 6831) 34707 Production Lane Astoria OR 97103. The Graf brothers got my suv back on the road after it was submerged on DeLaura Beach while digging for razor clams last year, and I am is still driving it today. I have heard all the wisecracks about using a shovel rather then a truck to dig razor clams.
Clatsop Spit Beaches:
Fort Stevens at Warrington. The Historic Area, Military Museum, and the Gift Shop are open at 10:00 AM seven days a week. Guided tours are available during the summer tourist season. Visitors are free to explore the concrete batteries and to check out the progress on the reconstruction of the Battery Pratt gun carriage. The gun tube and breech is already there for your inspection. This is a-one-of-a kind project in the nation, maybe the whole world!!! Watch for announcements of special events.
Razor Clam Central is located at Bud's Campground and R/V 412 Hwy 101 Gearhart, OR 97138. Bud's at 503-738-6855 is a full service park with a general store that carries a complete line of razor clam digging equipment. Bud's Campground and RV Park is centrally located on HWY 101 just north of Gearhart just minutes away from any of Clatsop Spit beaches. It is a great place to stay and swap stories with other clam diggers.
Fort Clatsop was the winter encampment for the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1805 to March 1806.
Just north of Garibaldi, the Barview Jetty is a great place to stay while on your clam digging adventure. The jetty provides the opportunity to fish for salmon, perch and shallow water rockfish. Fishing from the North Jetty is rated the most productive of any Jetty on the central or north coast. Use a crab snare to take Dungeness crabs while fishing for black rock or perch. Bait the crab snare with herring purchased from the Barview Store. The Barview Store has great fresh hot food plus they sell crab bait and frozen herring. Members of the Coast Guard were chowing down the last week while was visiting there is testament to how good the food is.
Welcome to the beautiful Oregon coast town of Garibaldi!
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Jeff at the Garibaldi Marina rents boats and crab gear.
The 12th St. and 7th St. fishing piers offers crabbers and fishermen the opportunity to take crabs and fish.
The spirit of adventure fills the air when you embark on The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad for a by rail tour linking the coastal communities of Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach. Let you imagination be your guide as you step back in time and experience a bit of yesteryear. Enjoy the beautiful Oregon Coast line by riding the rail behind a 1910 Heisler Steam Locomotive. This scenic trip chugs along Tillamook Bay and gives passengers views of the ocean. Great for kids of all ages - this trip will give you a glimpse into history.
Tillamook County Creamery Association. The Tillamook County Creamery Association was formed in 1909 as a quality control organization for the ten cheese factories operating in Tillamook County. By 1948, the cooperative had developed into a marketing agency for all the cheese factories in the county. Product quality has always been the driving force in what has made Tillamook Cheese and other related products what they are today.
Tillamook Sporting Goods is your one stop shopping destination for all of your recreational needs in the Netarts, Tillamook and Garibaldi area. They carry a complete line of clam digging equipment. Tillamook is located just 14 minutes from Netarts Bay. Tillamook Sportingoods is located at 2207 Main Ave (on HWY 101). Tillamook, OR 97141 phone (503) 842-4334.
For real taste treat when you are on a clam digging adventure at Netarts
or Tillamook Bay visit the BLUE HERON FRENCH CHEESE COMPANY for lunch at Blue Heron Deli featuring fresh baked bread and homemade soups and salads. Please change out of your clam digging clothing to make yourself welcome.
Bayocean Peninsula is a 7 miles north of Tillamook. Access from the gate to the South Jetty along the Peninsula Dike Rd. via foot, bike or by horse is 3.3 miles; then continuing for an additional 1.5 miles to the end fo the South Jetty. We recommend using a bike because on foot it is a long, long walk. Click HERE for the latest weather forecast for the Bay Ocean Peninsula. Cape Mears Lake is stocked with rainbow trout during the spring. The peninsula is a favorite location for waterfowl hunters. Some razor clams are dug from the ocean beach and bay clams are dug from the tidal flats in the bay. Fisherman angle for salmon, lingcod and rockfish from the riprap of the South Jetty.
Tillamook Air Museum See one of America's finest collection of over 30 War Birds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber.
Munson Falls the tallest falls in the Pacific Coast Range is worth the visit to the Tillamook area.
The Three Capes Scenic Loop:
The jeweled crown of the Oregon Coast is located between Nestucca Bay on the south and Tillamook Bay to the north. The Three Capes Scenic Loop encompasses Nestucca Bay, Cape Kiwanda and the dory men, Sand Lake, Cape Lookout, Netarts Bay, Cape Mears and Tillamook Bay. We have only listed a few of the attractions that draw visitors to the incredible beauty associated with the Three Capes Scenic Loop.
Cape Lookout State Park is a popular campground and day-use area. Cape Lookout is located on the sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean with easy access to the beach. The park is a wonderful place to stay while you explore and enjoy the resources found in the area encompassed by the Three Capes Scenic Loop.
Netarts Bay RV Park and Marina at Netarts Bay.
Cape Mears on the Three Capes Scenic Loop is home to the famous Octopus Tree and the Cape Mears Lighthouse. A new Oregon state champion Sitka spruce has been designated and it's on public land in Tillamook County. The giant Sitka Spruce, the largest known representative of its kind in the state, is 144 feet high and is located within Cape Mears National Wildlife Refuge.
The Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is one component of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. During the fall and winter season the refuge to home to a variety of migratory waterfowl species. Located on the Little Nestucca River, the refuge is the southern gateway to the Three Capes Scenic Loop
Central Oregon Coast:
In Lincoln City the gas prices are generally the lowest at SpaceAge gas stop. They are located in the middle of Lincoln City up the street from Burger King.
The Best of the Best is how Boss radio described the reaction of listeners to the barbeque served up at the BonePileBarbeque on the west side of Hwy 101 in Depoe Bay. I make it a point to plan my trips around a slab of ribs. Bill
If you love razor clams and eggs for breakfast then you will love eating at the Lighthouse Cafe in Agate Beach. Not hungry for breakfast the a bowl of their clam chowder or an order of fish and chips will hit the spot. Located in Agate Beach at the entry point to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area the Lighthouse Cafe dishes up some of the best food on the Central Oregon Coast.
Have you ever climbed the stairs of a lighthouse? Wondered what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper? Viewed a working lens? We invite you to visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, where these questions and more will be answered, as you tour this historic structure with the Friends of the Yaquina Lighthouses at the Lighthouse at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Agate Beach.
The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is located on a narrow point of land jutting due west into the Pacific Ocean at the north end of Newport, Oregon. This headland provides visitors with one of the most accessible wildlife and ocean viewing locations on the Pacific Coast.
In Newport visit the Historic Newport Bay Front and shop at Englund Marine Industrial Supply Co., Inc. 880 S.E. Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 97365. Phone 541-265-9275, for all of your fishing, crabbing and clamming digging equipment needs.
Is the thought of Fresh Seafood tickling you taste buds while visiting Newport? Stop by Gino's Ocean Bleu Seafood on the west end of the Newport Bay Front. I love their fish tacos and their clam chowder is one of the best I have eaten. Or in South Beach visit the South Beach Fish Market in South Beach for all your seafood needs, "At our South Beach Fish Market we pride ourselves by serving fresh local caught fish in our fish and chips plates. We are now offering our customers favorites to you over the internet, and are sure that you'll be delighted with your fresh WILD seafood selection. No transfats here - Our fish and chips are cooked using 100 percent Canola oil. We ship fresh crab, clams and gift packs all over the USA." Jim Iverson. The fresh fish and chips or a bowl of piping hot steamer clam are my personal favorites. Bill
For those of you planning to use a boat to access the clam beds or crab in Yaquina Bay launch your boats at Sawyer's Landing and RV Park - 1 888 216 3907 or 541 265 3907. Located 4 miles east of Newport on the Bay Road Sawyer's offers the only boat hoist on Yaqina Bay for those of you who do not want to submerge your trailers. Dion at Sawyer's Landing can answer all your questions about clam digging, crabbing or fishing in Yaquina Bay.
The Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center in South Beach offers visitors a unique and dynamic environment for lifelong exploration and discovery into the world of marine science. The displays of marine life and interactive tide pools will thrill young and old alike and like our clam digging events it is free, but please give a donation to help offset operating cost.
No SeaFest is scheduled for 2011. The Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center is proud to welcome the public to SeaFest 2011, an open house and marine festival on Saturday in June from 10AM to 4:30 pm. All events are free. Science Events offer a wide range of topics that will be of interest to everyone in the family, Deep Vents: Measuring Ocean Seismic Activity. Video and web displays of deep-sea vent footage along the ring of fire - Who’s My Mother? Juvenile and Adult fish comparison (preserved in acrylic); will be given opportunity to match the juvenile with the adult. - Wee little fish babies - A display of eggs and larvae from several fish species. Are just some of the way cool events that will thrill the entire family. Kid's Zone: The Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coastal Aquarium invite all Lincoln, Benton and Linn County K-12 students to participate in a poster contest promoting awareness and understanding of how climate change can affect the ocean environment. Film Series: Films to be announced soon. Tours: All tours are free. 2008 tours to be announced soon. All tours meet at the Tour/Information booth Food and Music: Food and music are always a big part of the SeaFest, featuring local musicians and food vendors.
The Clam Diggers Association of Oregon is a proud supporter of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Add a visit to the aquarium to your agenda when you are in Newport digging clams from Yaquina Bay.
Toledo is on Yaquina Bay nine miles inland from Newport. M and R Automotive Repair - Service you can trust. 736 NW 1st Street Toledo, OR 97391 (541 336 2990). I live in Newport and M and R is the place where my friends have our cars and trucks repaired.
Hungry after a morning digging clams in Yaquina Bay then the short drive to Pig Feathers for a slab of their famous St. Louis style pork ribs or a Pulled Pork Sandwich or Pig Feathers burger will satisfy your taste buds for the drive home. Pig Feathers is located across from the marina at the end of Main Street. For a real taste treat try Pork Feathers chop drizzled with blueberry sage sauce. You'll swear you're in Hog Heaven.
Darlingtonia Gardens - located just off of Hwy 101 north of Florence - is the only Oregon state park property dedicated to the protection of a single plant species. Concurrently, the plants it protects are the only carnivorous flora in the system.
The Sportsman 249 Highway 101 Florence, OR 97439 - 7628. Phone 541-997-3336 for all of you outdoor recreational needs in the Florence area, the gateway to the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast from Florence to Coos Bay. Formed by the ancient forces of wind, water and time, these dunes are like no others in the world. These are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and they hold numerous opportunities for adventure and solitude.
Winchester Bay visit the Sportsman Cannery and Smoke House located on the Bayfront Loop for the Best BBQ grilled fish and prawns on the Oregon Coast. I love fish tacos and the one's served at the Cannery are the best I have ever eaten, Bill
Coos Bay - North Bend
Operated by the Coquille Tribe - The MILL CASINO offers crabbers and clam diggers a change of pace entertainment. The Mill Casino overlooks the water of East Coos Bay and is located in North Bend between North Bend and Coos Bay on Hwy 101 - The gift shop is located in the hotel lobby and offers visitors unique Native American objects of art and craft that you will just love. For information call 1 800 953 4800.
Coos Bay - Empire: The Bite's On Tackle Shop at 750 Newmark Ave in the community of Empire is located just up the street from the Empire Boat Launch, Joe at the Bite's On Tackle Shop (541 888-4015) can supply all of your fishing tackle, crabbing and clam digging equipment needs.
Coos Bay - Charleston:
Englund Marine in Charleston is located at 5080 Cape Arago Hwy, Charleston, OR 97365. Phone 541-888-6623 for all of your fishing, crabbing and clamming digging equipment needs in the greater Coos Bay area.
Clamming Central Coos Bay is located at the RV Park at the Charleston Marina Complex. The RV Park is located at 63402 Kingfisher Rd right across the street from Charleston tidal flats the clam digging area. Call 541-888-9512. The RV Park is accessed by turning northwest onto Boat Basin Rd. from Cape Arago Hwy. and then right onto Kingfisher Rd. Park Host Susan Smith will do everything possible to make you stay a pleasant one.
The freshest seafood in the Charleston Basin area is available at Chuck's Seafood is located on the northwest corner of Boat Basin Road and Cape Arago Hwy. Chuck's Seafood is an industry leader and is highly respected for their service and the quality products they sell.
The Oregon Shorebird Festival: One of the longest running bird festivals in Oregon, will celebrate 25 years in 2011. Celebrate this years festival from August 26-28, 2011. The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in the small fishing community of Charleston, OR.
Basin Tackle is located on Kingfisher St. opposite of the crabbing docks B/C and D/E. Dan at Basin Tackle carries a complete line fishing, crabbing, clam digging equipment and crab bait consisting of: Mink carcass, chicken, Tuna, cockles, octopus and fish carcasses. And when it comes to crabbing the choice of bait can be the difference. Basin Tackle rents crab rings for 6.00 plus a 25.00 deposit and crab pots for 9.00 plus a 75.00 deposit. Dan manufactures 100 percent stainless crab pots and the best part is the sales price 165.00.
Shore Acres State Park: Since 1987 the annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres has become a family tradition. The formal gardens are breath taking no matter what time of the year you visit the park but no dogs allowed. I suspect there may be razor clam in the areas of Cape Arago with sandy beaches.
The South Slough Reserve contains upland forests, freshwater wetlands and ponds, salt marshes, mud flats, eelgrass meadows and open water habitats. Major activities at the reserve include K-12 and adult education; ecological research and monitoring; and wetland restoration.
Southern Oregon Coast:
New River: The BLM's Ellen Warring Interpretive Center on Croft Lake Road just north of the Curry Co line is a very nice introduction to the resources of this gentle landscape. There are some very nice hikes here that go to the low dunes along New River. This area is often overlooked, and this Center is a nice way to begin.
Seven Devils Wayside is the jumping-off point for Whiskey Creek sandy beach adventures. At this access point, you can travel several miles up and down the open beach. Agates are often the beachcombing goal of visitors to this out-of-the-way spot.
Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon's lights, and is the westernmost point in Oregon. Proposed in 1864, it was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870. The lighthouse and historic Hughes House are open from April to October. The Hughes House is a fine example of late Victorian architecture, the Hughes ranch house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1898 by P.J. Lindberg, it was a celebration of 38 years of hard work by Patrick and Jane Hughes. The lighthouse tour, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, costs $2/adult, $1 youth under 12, or $5/family. The Hughes House tour is conducted by knowledgeable volunteers and is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and help fund restoration and maintenance of the house.
Cape Sebastian... the very name invokes images of early Spanish explorers and long journeys. The cape was named in honor of Saint Sebastian in 1603 by the Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino. The most striking features of this park are its two parking vistas. The parking lots are over 200 feet above sea level. At the south parking vista, you can see up to 43 miles to the north with Humbug Mountain filling the view. Looking south, you can see nearly 50 miles toward Crescent City, California and Point Saint George Lighthouse.
Samuel H. Boardman State Park: This corridor is a 12 mile, forested linear park with a rugged, steep coastline interrupted by small sand beaches. This park was named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent. He and others of his generation felt this shining green emerald coastline should be saved for the public. What gems they gave us: admire the 300-year old Sitka spruce trees, gaze at the amazing Arch Rock and Natural Bridges, and walk the 27 miles of Oregon Coast Trail that weave through giant forests.
McVay Rock State Recreation Site is a well-hidden park noted for surf fishing, clamming, whale watching, and plenty of space to walk on the beach. The large lawn area is great for blanket picnics.
Pistol River State Park is set in the dunes of the southern Oregon coast. The dunes and the river system that feeds them are what make this area unique. During the spring and summer months, the dunes actually grow. The river has changed its course numerous times in recent history and pothole ponds attract waterfowl and shorebirds. This is an excellent birding spot. Ocean windsurfing is so good here national championships have been held three years in a row. The beaches and sea stacks are wonderful.
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Places to Avoid:
Newport Cafe, the Wax Museum and the Undersea Gardens.
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