The Washington Department of Fish and Game (WDFW) has given the “go-ahead” for the March razor clam season to begin along Washington beaches.
“The results of marine toxin tests are in, confirming that clams are safe to eat, and clearing the way for the spring’s first razor-clam digs on ocean beaches,” reports WDFW. As a result, the season opened yesterday, March 26, and will continue through April 1 at various Washington beaches.
Additionally, WDFW advises prospective diggers to note that the opening starts on evening tides, then switches to morning tides for the final four days. So, if you’re planning on participating in the digs, be sure to bring a reliable light, like an LED lantern or LED headlamp, not only for increased visibility but for your own safety.
Washington beaches open to razor clamming include:
- Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
- Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the mouth of Grays Harbor.
- Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor North Jetty to the Copalis River, and includes beaches near Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut and Ocean City.
- Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
- Kalaloch Beach, from the South Beach campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park.
For specific dates and times, see the WDFW press release.