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Razor Clam Hunting in Westport

 

We're so excited!! After a whole season hiatus, Twin Harbors is open for clam digging this weekend, Friday October 14, 2016 - Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  We are expecting some big storms on Saturday, so when you head to the beach, please use extreme caution.  We are expecting Sunday - Wednesday to be the best bets for safe and fun digging!

clam digging map

Westport and the entire South Beach area is well known for its bountiful razor clams. The WDFW website lists "Twin Harbors" as the location when announcing clam digs. This is actually code for the 18 miles of beach that stretches from Willapa Bay north to Grays Harbor, ie. Westport/Grayland/North Cove/Tokeland. The Twin Harbors area is much more accessible than many of the other locations listed such as Copalis, Mocrocks, or Kalaloch Beaches. Additionally we've found the permitted dig periods for Twin Harbors start sooner and last longer than the periods for the other beaches which give you more opportunity to reach your limit on all days.

To find the latest news and announcements concerning Razor Clam Digs, go to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Razor Clam Page.

We've included a rough map showing the best places we've found Razor Clams over the years. The concentration of Razor Clams can change from year to year and even from dig to dig so trying different places till you find the one you like best. Razor Clams don't like areas with lots of gravels and stones so stay clear of those areas of the beach if you want to catch your limit.

If you want to go to Westhaven, we recommend following the map to Westport, then turning toward Westhaven State Park on Jetty Access Road. Park at the state park and walk down to the beach. Digging south of the Jetty is usually very good all the time.

To try Grayland, you can access the beach either on Bonge Ave or Grayland Beach Road. The sand at Bonge Ave can be very difficult so if you plan to drive onto the beach there be sure of your driving skills and have 4 wheel drive. The beach access from Grayland Beach Road is much better, even passenger cars can drive onto the beach. The beach between these two roads is prime razor clam habitat and you can always find a wide open spot to dig.

Note that there IS a beach access where HWY 105 T's off to either Westport or Grayland. You can no longer drive onto the beach from here because of the soft sand, but foot traffic is easy and there is a state park parking lot.

For more information about the unique Razor Clam, please visit the Washington State Department of Ecology website.

Good luck and good hunting!