Clatsop Spit Beaches - Seaside

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 abundance of razor clams on Clatsop Spit varies depending on the areas of the beach where larval clams settle. Razor clams tend to be larger on the southern end of Clatsop Spit than those on the northern end of Clatsop Spit. The razor clams located higher in the intertidal zone can be smaller than the razor clam located lower in the intertidal zone, odfw. 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. The 2016 finds the razor clams evenly distributed the entire length of the sandy beaches from the Cove to the south jetty.


For those of you who desire hands on experience digging clams get a head start by attending one of our Lincoln City sponsored 2017 Clam Digging and Crabbing Clinic Events for purple varnish clams at Siletz Bay. The second easiest clam to dig from Oregon's coastal waters.

CLAM CLINIC 2009: Forty plus razor clams diggers joined us at Seaside Clam Clinic 2009 on Tuesday, June 23rd. We met at the Seaside Public Library for a lecture on digging razor clams as well as bay clams.

We met at the 12 Ave public parking area at 6:15 the next morning and dispersed along the beach to dig razor clams.

CDAO member Casey and his wife Sonja both dug limits of razor clams their first time out. As shown, Casey's cousin Brandon dug only one small clam.

My wife and I spent the morning recording how to clean razors using a knife and scissors to cut the clam from the shell and using boiling water to blanch the clams, but we only managed to record the blanching method. In the next video segment we will use a script. There were a number of talking points that were not made. Specifically boiling water should be used to clean clams only were necessary. The texture of the clam meat change ever so slightly when using the blanching method. Some diggers pour boiling water over the clams to open them while other digger dip each individual clam into the boiling water. Bill

Seaside offers excellent digging for razor clams, and has the distinction of being the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail.  Members of the expedition camped over the winter of 1805 making salt for their return trip east.

The City of Seaside, like many nearby beach communities, does not allow parking on the beachfront streets from 11:00pm to 5:00am.  There is ample street parking but the streets are narrow.

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.

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