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Razor Clam Digging at Seabrook

Razor clam season on the Washington coast usually begins in November and can go as late as May! Digging razor clams is exciting and can be done by just about anyone. Here’s how you get started:


Updates on clam tides, times, beaches, and more can be found at Buck’s Northwest.  Also, check out the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for schedules and approved clam digs. The beach right below Seabrook is Mocrocks beach. Mocrocks Beach extends from the Moclips River to Copalis Rock (or the Copalis River) and the two ends of the area give it the name Mocrock. MOClips River to Copalis ROCK. The other clam beach in the area is known as Copalis and extends from the Copalis Beach area south to the North Jetty of Ocean Shores. Be sure you pay attention to which beach is open on which day as WDFW officers will enforce laws, rules, and regulations.


Buck’s Northwest right here in Seabrook is your one-stop shop for clamming! Get a license and gear here. The You & I Market in Pacific Beach also sells licenses and some gear. You can also get a license online at WDFW.


What you wear to dig clams depends on the current weather conditions on the beach, which can transform within minutes. Gear from head to toe can include hats (waterproof, warm), scarves (wrapped to not dangle), coats, jackets, parkas, hoodies (and sometimes just a t-shirt), gloves (waterproof, grippy, warm), jeans (cuffed, rolled), pants (durable, waterproof), hip waders, chest waders, socks (long, warm), boots (rubber, waterproof, warm), and/or shoes (durable, preferably not new). Red Cedar Surf, Co.Tides by Seabrook, and even Buck’s Northwest’s new location in Pacific Beach are a few options for gear.


Shovel or Clam Gun? The debate always ensues whether to use a shovel or cylinder clam gun to best dig clams. Both work well (although, besting competitions have broken out amongst families and friends) and Buck’s Northwest rents/sells both shovels and clam guns, clam bags, nets, lights, and headlamps. Guided Clam Digs are also offered by Buck himself for Mockrocks and Copalis beach digs. Sign up here.

Guided Razor Clam Digging By Buck's Northwest


Clams live most of their lives underwater and only low tide exposes them. Be prepared to dig at the water’s edge. To dig clams using either a shovel or cylinder clam gun, watch these videos from the WDFW, Digging Razor Clams in Washington or Digging Razor Clams with Kids in WashingtonBuck’s Northwest website also has good information on what to look for and how to dig.


Under Washington State law, diggers are allowed 15 razor clams daily and must keep the first harvested regardless of size or condition. For more information, see WDFW razor clam regulations.


Here’s a great, quick-watch YouTube video on cleaning clams, How to Clean Razor Clams. Clams keep fresh cleaned and refrigerated for 3-5 days. For the longest storage life, vacuum seal your cleaned clams and freeze them which will leave them good for up to one year! Front Street Market has clam cleaning stations outside for use, too.


The traditional way to prepare razor clams is to batter them up with flour, egg, and crushed crackers, then pan-fry in butter. (Pro Tip: It’s easy to overcook clams, don’t go beyond golden brown!)  YummlyAllrecipesBetty Crocker, even Buck’s Northwest websites have tasty recipes, along with WDFW Razor Clam Recipes submitted by fellow diggers.


WDFW map of beaches


  • Clams live underwater and low tide is when to go! Walk as close as you are equipped to the water’s edge and look for very subtle dimple marks in the sand. You’ve found the clams! (Pro Tip: Don’t waste your time with the thousands of holes you easily see when you first walk out. Those are Sand Shrimp!)
  • Keep an eye on the water. The age-old adage of “Never turn your back to the water” is never more true than during clam digging. Sneaker waves can race up the beach and knock even adults off their feet!
  • Make sure you don’t go over the limit! Each licensed digger may only carry 15 clams. Anything works, but the easiest is a clam net or bag with a belt, sold at Buck’s Northwest.
  • For early morning or night digs, lanterns or headlamps are a must. Make sure to bring along extra batteries or backup lighting.
  • Put your clams in a bucket filled with enough water to cover the clams and leave them for an hour or two. The siphoning action of the clam’s valves will purge them of sand and
  • Clean the clams as soon as possible after harvesting for optimum freshness.
  • Layer up! Wear boots and waterproof clothing, especially during the colder months of clam digging.

For even more razor clam digging information plus some insights from Buck of Buck’s Northwest, visit our blog: Everything You Need To Know About Washington State Clam Digging


  • Razor clams are named for their slender shell that resembles the handle of a straight-edge razor.
  • Clams and their relatives (oysters, scallops, and mussels) first appeared on earth about 510 million years ago.
  • Razor clams move up and down vertically in the sand up to a foot per minute. They cannot move horizontally along the beach.
  • Razor clams eat tiny plants and plankton filtered from the surrounding seawater.
  • Wines that pair well with razor clam dishes are Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, or a sparkling white wine.
  • One 4 oz. serving of razor clams contains 84 calories.
  • Washington State has actively managed the recreational razor clam digging since 1929.
  • Approximately 2.3 million razor clams were harvested in Washington during the 2017-2018 year.
  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife co-manages beaches north of Grays Harbor (Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch) with coastal tribes that have fishing rights. These include the Quinault Indian Nation, which has fishing rights over Copalis, Mocrocks, and Kalaloch beaches and the Hoh Tribe and the Quileute Tribe with fishing rights over Kalaloch beach.
  • Washington lawmakers are considering whether to make razor clams the state’s “official clam.”

Sources: Summaries of numerous corroborative websites.

Everything You Need to Know About Washington State Clam Digging

A Local’s Guide to Razor Clamming on the Washington Coast

For the most up to date clam digging dates, locations, and tides head to our events page.

For those who love a hot cup of coffee on a brisk morning, catching the sunrise, and soaking in the misty sea air,  razor clam digging on the Washington coast is an absolute must. When the tides are just right and the season opens, folks from all over flock to sandy Washington beaches bucket and shovel in hand.

We sat down with Buck, long-time local and owner of Buck’s Northwest (previously Buck’s Bikes) here in Seabrook and asked him what makes clamming so special.

“Everyone enjoys digging clams whether you eat them or not,” said Buck, “and Seabrook is my favorite place to dig.” 

Buck has been clam digging on the Washington coast since he was 8 years old. He remembers his very first expedition. His neighbor brought him and some friends out early in the morning for a dig. The next day, they enjoyed fresh clam chowder made with their harvest. To this day, clam chowder with bacon is still his favorite way to eat razor clams.


During the peak of clamming season you’ll see a parade of lights starting as early as 4:30 in the morning. Donning headlamps and rubber boots, clammers take over the beach and start the dig. When evening digs opening up it isn’t uncommon to see a clammer or two out until 12:30 at night. 

The exact time for clamming changes depending on the tides. Your best bet is to head out to the beaches about an hour before low tide. As for where to go, you have miles of coastline to choose from. There are five distinct razor clam beaches that you can visit. Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis Beach, Mocrocks Beach (the beach in front of Seabrook), and Kalaloch all permit clamming. Get the latest status of Washington’s razor clamming beaches here.

Each season, thousands of couples and families come to Seabrook, which is part of Mocrocks Beach, to dig for clams. Buck offers guided tours for those looking for a successful first dig or learn more about the process. The tour takes guests down to the sandy beaches directly below Seabrook. This is Buck’s favorite place on the entire coast to go clamming. “Seabrook’s beach is too far from Roosevelt to have the driving crowds and it is isolated by Joe Creek to the nNorth. Together it creates a peaceful setting that you won’t find elsewhere,” noted Buck.

Permitting and Daily Limits

Similar to hunting and fishing in the state of Washington, you need to purchase a permit before you hit the sand. The permit process ensures that the clams are not overharvested and that each year brings a healthy population back to the beaches.

The permits also signify that the clams are safe to eat and do not contain high toxin levels. When tested clams present a high toxin level, permits are halted until the levels drop back down. Each person needs a permit to dig and can only harvest a certain number of clams per day. 

You can buy permits, check toxin levels, and plan your trip online at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. You can also pick up your permits in town at Buck’s Northwest.

Gear Up

Sturdy boots and a good rain coat are necessary for any outdoor adventure here in the Pacific Northwest, but you’ll need a little more than that to start collecting your clams. On the beach you’ll see two main types of tools used to pull up the clams. A shovel can be used by more experienced diggers but you’ll find a lot of people using a special clam gun. 

To use the gun, shove the tube into the ground, cover the straw with your finger to create suction, and pull out. Inside the tube you’ll have all of the sand (and hopefully clams) that were in the ground. Sometimes you’ll pull up a gorgeous looking razor clam, but other times you’ll just remove the surface sand and find the clam at the bottom of your hole. 

You’ll also want to carry a bucket or bag with you to hold your findings. If you’re getting an early-bird start or heading out after dark you’ll need a light. Buck prefers an old fashioned propane lantern. “You need a low angle soft light to illuminate the imperfections in the sand which mark the clam’s location,” explained Buck, “I hold my light down by my feet which helps me see every little divot.”

Diggin’ Time

While you could test your luck and start digging anywhere along the beach, there are subtle signs in the sand where clams have burrowed underground. Keep an eye out for these three deviations in the sand and you’ll be a clamming expert in no time. 

Dimples are the most common but are extremely small and subtle. When agitated, the dimples can collapse and form the more noticeable keyholes which look like a small dot in the sand. Doughnuts are dimples or keyholes but with a raised mound of sand around them resembling a doughnut. Sometimes, the tide can wash over any deviations in the sand, so just because there’s no signs doesn’t mean there isn’t a juicy clam underneath. 

“The best digger I’ve seen yet was a vegan grandmother who adamantly refused to eat or clean the clams. But almost like a magician she could wave her hand over the sand and sure enough there was always a clam underneath,” recalled Buck. “It just goes to show you that anyone can have a blast clamming.”

Cleaning Your Clams

Digging for clams is just the beginning of the fun. Cleaning the clams and separating the meat takes a little bit of knowledge and handwork, but after a couple of clams you’ll surely get the hang of it. 

Blanching is the best way to open and remove the sharp razor clam shell. A quick dunk in boiling water followed by an ice bath reveal the clam while halting any cooking of the meat. 

Buck recommends a good pair of kitchen scissors and a paring knife to clean your meat. You can find step by step instructions with pictures on Buck’s Northwest.

Did you know that Seabrook has a clam cleaning station outside of our Front Street Market? Bring your harvest and clean away!



A question we hear often is ‘What’s the best way to eat these?’ but that’s all up to personal preference. We’ve seen them served up every way imaginable. Battered and deep fried until crispy, sliced up and slow simmered in chowder, atop a pizza, baked into a fritter, grilled with butter and garlic, or raw with salt and lemon. There’s no wrong way to eat them.

Buck’s favorite way to enjoy clams is a classic chowder with bacon. It takes him back to his very first dig. On a rainy day, nothing sounds better. But if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, try making a clamburger.

“It’s a spin on the classic crab cake,” explains Buck, “You roughly chop your razor clams, mix with some aromatics and breadcrumbs, and form a patty. After a quick fry in butter you serve it on a toasted bun with mayo, lettuce, and a slice of tomato. It’s quite dank.”


No matter how you serve it, you’ll surely end up with clean-licked plates and more than a few stories to share. Snuggle up on a misty afternoon with a bowl of chowder, grill up a few at your next BBQ, or make a clamburger part of your Seabrook tradition.  

Clamming is a family-friendly, dog-friendly activity that just about anyone can do. If you can build a sand castle, you can dig for clams. Come to Seabrook and set out for a day of adventure. You can bring your own gear and permits or pick up all of the supplies you’ll ever need at Buck’s Northwest. You can also sign up for a guided tour with Buck that includes all the gear and permitting plus insider knowledge of the area.


Fall Clam Digging Season in Seabrook Opens

Can You Dig It?

The first razor clam dig of the fall season will get underway Oct. 11 – Oct. 13, as various beaches, including Seabrook beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFD) has approved the dig on evening tides at Mocrocks, Copalis, and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed that clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging is allowed on any beach before noon.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:

  • October 11, Thursday, 8:58 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbor
  • October 12, Friday, 9:41 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbor
  • October 13, Saturday, 10:26 p.m.; +0.1 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbor

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.

Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly in the fall when the best low tides come after dark, he added.

“Digging after dark brings with it the spectacle of thousands of small lights representing individual razor clam diggers working their way up and down the beach,” said Ayres.

Where to dig

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at and from license vendors around the state.

Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Where to Dig

Seabrook’s beaches are ideal for digging clams. The actual name for the beach located directly in front of Seabrook is Mocrocks, and Copalis is south of that.

Mocrocks: Extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Seabrook, Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach, and Moclips.

Copalis: Extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

How to Dig Razor Clams

First look for a “clam show”. What is a clam show? That’s where a clam has withdrawn its neck or started to dig leaving a hole or dimple in the sand. There are three major kinds of “shows” to look for:

  • dimple: a depression in the sand
  • doughnut: which has raised sides
  • keyhole: which is usually in drier sand areas and is shaped like an “hour-glass” or is a hole with very distinct sides.

Always look for the larger sized hole as this is a good indication that the clam will be larger, but not always.

Clams will also show at the edge of the surf line when you pound the beach with a shovel handle or your foot. They may squirt sand and water out of the hole where they are located. You need to be quick when digging in the surf as razor clams dig really fast in the soft fluid sand.

Everything You Need To Know about WA Clam Tides

While visiting Seabrook, Washington, partake in one of the most popular local activities—clam digging! There’s no experience quite like finding, preparing, and cooking your own delicious seafood dinner. As you plan your day of clam digging, you’ll need to find out more about the WA clam tides. Read on to learn everything you’ll think to know about when, where, and how to go clamming on Washington beaches. A family trip to Seabrook is sure to be an unforgettable vacation. If you’ve never experienced the Pacific Northwest before, you’re in for a treat! Surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains and beaches, you’ll never run out of outdoor activities. Check the WA clam tides and try digging up your own. Before your trip, look at our Things Do page for local insight on other activities as well as restaurants and local events.

Razor Clam Dig Seabrook Washington Coast Sunset

Your Guide to WA Clam Tides

How to Locate Clams

One of the most important factors when clam digging in Washington state is the state of the ocean tide. Be sure to check the conditions of the WA clam tides before hitting the beaches.  The best time to go is low tide because you’ll have more space to look for clams. Many people suggest arriving an hour or two before peak low tide. To find the clams, you must look for “clam shows.” These are areas in the sand where clams have left a trace of their presence. Scan the sand for three types of shows: keyhole (a hole about the size of a dime), donut (a small hole surrounding by raised sand), and depression (a small dent in the sand). Sometimes you’ll have to hit the sand with a shovel, clam tube, or your foot to get these shows to appear.

What You’ll Need to Dig

Once you’ve located a clam, you can either use a shovel or a clam tube to pull the shellfish up. If this if your first time clamming, it’s easiest to use the clam tube. Place the tube over the clam show, angled slightly towards the water. If you feel the tube hit the clam, readjust. Then, push the tub down into the sand, lift it out and remove the sand by shaking the tube. Congrats! Your newly found clam should fall out along with the sand. Throw your clams into a bucket as soon as possible because they can dig very quickly, and may end up back in the sand before you know it. If you want to give the shovel method a try, use the same techniques to locate a show. Then, begin to dig about six inches from the show, closer to the water. Keep your back to the surf and shovel away from the ocean. When it feels as though you’ve just barely touched the clam, reach with a gloved hand and grab the shellfish from the ocean side, where its hinge is, and pull it from the ground. Be warned, it is easier to break clams using this method. You will likely get wet while digging, so wear high boots and bring an extra set of clothing to change into. If you don’t mind getting your feet wet, you can wear sneakers, but we suggest bringing a second pair of shoes with you.

When to Dig for Clams

One of the most common questions people ask is, “when can you dig for clams in Washington state?” Clamming season greatly depends on the type of clam you’re digging for. Razor clams usually appear on the beaches from October through May. Other species like geoducks and butters can be dug year-round. Be sure to check the state harvesting rules before hitting the beach.  

Relax in a Seabrook Cottage Rental 

After checking the WA clam tides and reaping in some fresh, tasty shellfish, head home to a Seabrook Cottage Rental! Prep and fry up the day’s catch in one of our properties large, modern kitchens. Book a few nights in our pet-friendly Anchor Down home. While staying at this beachfront property, you and your family can carry your haul of clams directly from the sand to your door!

Browse our full catalog of properties, and stay planning your getaway to Seabrook today!

Discover The Washington Coast

The Washington Coast is full of natural wonders to explore, quaint beach town shops and dining to experience, and outdoor activities available. With northbound day trips to Ocean Shores, Seabrook, Pacific Beach, Moclips, and dozens of other potential stops along the way, the Washington coast is a beautiful and rewarding destination to visit every season of the year.

Start any trip off right with a stay in a vacation rental at the charming beach town of Seabrook, WA, the perfect launching point for coastal exploration. Whether your crew is into birdwatching, whale watching, fishing, surfing, mountain biking, beachcombing, kite flying, or simply dining out in between leisurely shopping ventures, Seabrook puts you in close proximity to the best local destinations while offering plentiful activities and comfortable, spacious vacation rentals.

Ocean Shores, WA Must-Do Outdoor Activities

Spending a day choosing fun things to do in Ocean Shores is a great way to step outside of fast-paced living and into activities that are meant to be enjoyed as your own pace. Family-friendly activities are awaiting at every turn, take a look at a few of visitors and locals favorite things to do in the bustling beach town and surrounding beaches.

Walk The Beach At The North Jetty

Don’t miss out on a stop at the North Jetty, about a 10-minute drive once you enter Ocean Shores. This scenic beach is one of the smaller ones in the area, though it more than makes up for the size with the sweeping ocean views and beachcombing opportunities.

Beachcomb At Damon Point

A 15-minute drive once you get into Ocean Shores, Damon Point offers a 360-degree water vista with views of the North Bay and out into the ocean. The flat beach is full of beachcombing treasures and offers miles of shoreline to meander through with birdwatching opportunities you don’t want to miss. Make sure you’re noting the Ocean Shores tides as the shoreline lessens significantly during cooler months.

Have A Picnic At Ocean City State Park

Tucked away about 3-minutes outside of Ocean Shores is Ocean City State Park. Park your rig in the gravel parking lot and expect about a 5-minute walk through a trail surrounded by beautiful dune grass, trees, and a stream before opening onto the beach. Picnic tables are out seasonally within the park, though bringing along a blanket and having a picnic on the beach is a great way to spend an afternoon.

See What’s Happening At The Ocean Shores Convention Center

The Ocean Shores Convention center, about a 5-minute drive into Ocean Shores has fun and family-friendly festival throughout the year. Crowd-favorite events are the Sand & Sawdust Festival in June, Go Hog Wild in July, Body & Soul Festival & Gem Show in August, and other music, art, and craft festivals.

Drive North & See The Hidden Gems Of The North Beach

Taking a drive north along the coast is full of quick (or long) stops and new places to explore.

Visit Griffiths-Priday State Park

Just an 13-minute drive from Ocean Shores is Griffiths-Priday State Park. A typically more calm area of the shore brings about all kinds of wildlife to see, from bald eagles to otter and deer, there’s plenty of serene scenery to take in and explore.

Enjoy The Drive-On Beach Access At Roosevelt Beach

A quick 20-minute drive from Ocean Shores is the easily accessible, drive-on beach access of Roosevelt Beach. This especially scenic beach access has miles of shoreline to explore, visible sea stacks, colorful clay cliffsides to see, and wildlife. It’s also a popular beach for seasonal clam digging.

Explore Seabrook And Its Resort-Style Amenities, Beach Access, & Trail Network

A convenient 25-minute drive from Ocean Shores, Seabrook has endless activities for the whole family. With shops, restaurants, walk-on beach access, bike and water sport rentals, hiking and biking trails, pickleball courts, a playground, and much more, it’s the ideal location for a day trip or vacation stay.

Spend An Afternoon In The Quaint Town Of Pacific Beach

A 40-minute drive from Ocean Shores, Pacific Beach is home to the Pacific Beach State Park that has great walk-on beach access and picnicking areas. The town offers a small number of great eateries and shops, along with a drive-on beach access at Analyde Gap.

Learn About Local History In Moclips

A 45-minute drive from Ocean Shores is the small town of Moclips. Home to the Museum of the North Beach, Moclips is a great stop to learn about the area’s fascinating history along with a trip the drive-on beach access at the north end of the town.

Play & Relax In Seabrook Afterwards

If your crew likes to sprawl out and is leaning towards a stay in a vacation rental versus an Ocean Shores hotel, Seabrook Hospitality offers more than 270 rentals year-round! With private amenities like hot tubs, dog-friendly homes, private fire pits, barbecues, oceanfront homes, cabins, and full access to the onsite pools, fitness center, and sports courts, it is sure to make the whole crew happy and is a convenient 25-minute drive from Ocean Shores.

Big Houses For Big Weekends At The Beach

When it comes to the best vacation rentals for large groups, Seabrook has you covered! From hot tubs, dog-friendly homes, bunk rooms, fire pits, wraparound decks, board games, and much more, big houses for big weekends come together effortlessly in Washington’s Beach Town.

The Best Accommodations For Group Stays

Whether your party is planning a reunion, retreat, or friends getaway, booking a big home for the ultimate weekend with your crew is sure to leave everyone relaxed and refreshed.

Homes Designed For Togetherness

Many of Seabrook’s large homes have an open-concept layout with gorgeous kitchens (meant for those all-out dinners) that segway seamlessly into the dining room and living areas so everyone stays connected no matter what the activity.

Easy Cleanup After Outdoor Adventures

For those groups that head to the coast to take in all of the outdoor adventurings, check out the large homes that have sizable mudrooms or outdoor showers so the whole crew can clean up easily after clam digging, mountain biking, surfing, swimming, or hiking.

Feel Luxurious With In-Home Accommodations

Every getaway needs plenty of downtime to unwind and many of the large homes offer luxuriously designed bathrooms with everything from soaking tubs to walk-in showers, often with private ensuite bathrooms on each floor.

Elevate A Stay With Private Amenities

If your party is adults-only, consider filtering by ‘no bunk beds’ to easily find spacious homes with bedrooms that have their own ensuite bathrooms. Make the most of each evening during your stay by choosing a home with a private hot tub, private fire pit, wraparound porch, or an indoor fireplace.

Splitting The Tab Is Easier Than Ever

Splitting the tab with your friends or family? It’s easy for everyone to pitch in when you stay in Seabrook. Seabrook Hospitality has its own guest portal called MySeabrook where you can invite as many guests as you’d like to use the app to view the details of your stay, such as multiple payment options, check-in time, or town events and activities.

The Most Kid-Friendly Vacation Rentals

For those traveling with children, you can rest easy at your beach house of choice where kid-friendly accommodations and activities are thoughtfully integrated throughout the home. Many large homes come equipped with extra media rooms, bunk rooms, gaming devices, board games, streaming services, fenced yards, beach toys, and spacious floor plans designed for everyone to have plenty of space to come together.

A favorite accommodation in Seabrook for parents is vacation rentals that come with a carriage house! These one-bedroom homes on the same property are often requested by those with infants who need a quiet space for naps and bedtime.

Choosing the best neighborhood for your crew is all part of the fun, too. For frequent beach-goers, try choosing an oceanfront home right by the beach accesses. For those with kids who can’t get enough outdoor play, consider staying in the Alderwood, Greenway, or South of Market neighborhood to be steps away from play throughout your stay. There are many more neighborhoods and town amenities to explore, take a look at the town map to see which one your party likes most: Seabrook Town Map.

Let Onsite Services In Seabrook Do The Vacation Prep For You

It can be overwhelming to plan a getaway for a large group of people but it doesn’t have to be when planning a stay in a Seabrook vacation rental.

Concierge Services offers assistance with grocery delivery, childcare services, outdoor activities and lessons, and much more so you spend less time on planning.

Seabrook Hospitality also offers high chair and crib rentals, along with baby gates so those traveling with young children can pack light. Give the reservation specialists a call at (866)-677-6235 to add these items to your stay.

The Belfry at Seabrook now offers a variety of affordable in-house catering packages. You’re on vacation! Let them cook for you and your crew. The Belfry’s in-house catering services include pick up, drop off, in-house, and more. Reach out today to discuss your food needs as well as park rentals, chair and table rentals, and even cocktails to go! 

Easily Work Remotely During Your Group Getaway

The rise in remote work is easier than ever when you stay in Seabrook with new website filters to sort by remote-friendly homes or homes that have home offices. No matter the size of your crew, having a designated space to work with high-speed internet available makes any workcation all the sweeter as you close the laptop and are just a short walk to the beach. If you want to make your weekend getaway last a little longer, take a look at the Away From The Every Day special with 6 nights for the price of 4 through June 17, 2023.

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The History And Future Of Seabrook’s Forest

The land Seabrook currently encompasses has a deep history, from the natural resources used by indigenous people to the repeated clear-cutting of the forests prior to Seabrook’s establishment. Following the logging of these lands, what was left behind was an unhealthy and unmanaged forest landscape that would take many years to correct and regenerate.

Through careful planning involving teams of experts, Seabrook is dedicated to protecting and revitalizing these inherited forests by implementing a long-term forest stewardship plan with the goal of returning the forests to their original health and vitality, more reminiscent of the forests that existed prior to the logging industry boom of the past century.

Inheriting Unhealthy, Post-Lumbered Land

“Many people, when they look at the woodlands in and around Seabrook, often think that these forests are untouched, and that’s simply not the case,” says Stephen Poulakos, Director of Town Planning & Design. “Our work with expert foresters, ecologists, and other landscape architects have indicated that most of the property has been lumbered at least two times, and in some areas, three times.”

Repeated lumbering over the course of many years has resulted in lasting damage to the forest ecosystem and related habitats. As a result, very thick and dense forest stands have been left behind that do not allow for adequate sunlight to nourish the important undergrowth typically found on the forest floors of true old-growth climax forests. Walks through Seabrook’s preserve areas reveal a series of forest habitats that are choked with the remnants of fallen trees, stumps, and other left behind logging debris. This has reduced biodiversity and has made it more difficult for wildlife and diverse plant life to exist and thrive.

“All of the different forest areas are in different degrees of regeneration,” says Stephen. “Unfortunately, many of these forest stands were lumbered during times when forestry practices were not as carefully scrutinized.”

Today, wetlands, creeks, and other conservation areas are much better protected. Seabrook has fully embraced these protections and has been proactive in finding the best ways to help nurture the unhealthy forest stands, having not been well managed for decades.

“We take this responsibility of being stewards of this land very seriously,” says Stephen. “We’ve been analyzing it and studying it with experts in the field to help us come up with a forest stewardship plan for the future.”

The town planning of Seabrook takes into account many factors, always with conscious decisions being made to create and sustain a healthy forest and town.

“One of our most significant challenges is how to seamlessly integrate the town plan into the natural environment,” Stephen says. “Oftentimes, this means that specific forest areas, usually the most unhealthy of forest stands, are required to be cleared to make way for new homes and neighborhoods. This is always done in a way that encourages context-sensitive design by concentrating a denser town footprint on a smaller segment of land, in turn allowing for the creation of more walkable and bikeable places as opposed to the stark alternative of large lot suburban development that we are all too often familiar with today. This is how we seamlessly intertwine the town into the coastal landscape while protecting the forest stands that are worthy of protection for regeneration as future greenways and parks that will be gladly handed down to generations to come.”

Remembering The Land’s History To Build A Lasting Legacy

All of the coastal land prior to the timber industry’s arrival was used throughout the year for sustenance by Native Americans, dating back centuries. The land was incredibly fruitful and used for everything from camping, fishing, clam digging, foraging, and utilizing trees and plants for many different purposes.

According to consultations with Quinault tribal members, the cedar tree is perhaps the most important tree of the Quinault Indian people. Historically, they used everything from the bark and wood for cedar planks for long houses, canoes, basket weaving, clothing, and much more.

While the fact of the logging history of the land cannot be changed, remembering all of the land’s history is built into the forest stewardship plan. The timber industry in Washington helped shape the Pacific Northwest into what it is today. It was not only a leading source of timber products globally, it also boosted the local economies, population, and overall development throughout all of the Pacific Northwest. There are eventual plans to build more trails with museum-style signage that will display the Quinault Indian Nation history, logging history, and ecology history of the forest to help trail-goers understand the complex history these forestlands hold.

With the help of expert advisors at the Watershed Company, Seabrook has created  short-term, middle-term, and long-term plans to bring back sustainable growth to the forest. Part of these plans include a concept known as forest thinning, where the incremental removal of specific trees is advised to bring more light and nutrients to the healthier growing trees, their understories, and the native shrubs and plants that grow upon the forest floor.  

In the future, more of the indigenous native plants will have space to flourish, including plants like varying fern species, salmonberry, salal, huckleberry, elderberry bushes, and many more.

There are several locations throughout Seabrook where passersby can observe the land’s history. Take a look at these historical locations around town:

Northwest Glen’s Coastal Preserve Area – While town planning development would have permitted the creation of 16 oceanfront lots in the Northwest Glen neighborhood lowlands, Seabrook’s design team advised against it, instead, creating a coastal preserve in lieu of building additional oceanfront homes. It’s fondly referred to as Town Founders, Casey and Laura Roloff’s, gift to this neighborhood, the town of Seabrook, and the North Beach area. The concept of founder’s gifts comes from the town of Seaside, Florida, which has been an inspiration to Seabrook’s town plan. With every new neighborhood, Seaside’s founders would give a gift of art, amenities, or common areas to that neighborhood and the community. Though Northwest Glen’s Coastal Preserve is much more than a gift from the founders, it did set the tone for the town’s commitment to preserving the natural beauty and making its beauty more accessible.

The Old Cedar Stump – The stump is located in the Mill District. Take a look at the large notches on the stump’s outside perimeter. These notches were where loggers would place wooden longboard planks in order to stand and fell the tree with sizeable 2-person metal hand saws known as “misery whips.” To protect this historic stump, Seabrook designed a roof over it to shed water and allow it to exist much longer into the future as an important relic of the old-growth forests that once stood on these lands prior to being lumbered near the turn of the last century.

The Dorothy Anderson Cabin – Take a look at the original (now restored) cabin built back in the early 1900s by Dorothy Anderson, a rugged Scandinavian woman who moved to the coast after visiting and falling in love with its beauty. Once moving to the area, she built this cabin in Ocean City along with seven additional cabins (none remaining today) so that others could share in her love for the coast. According to the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips, WA, it was one of the first resorts of its kind on the Washington coast.

The Woodland Promenade – The pedestrian promenade located west of Meriweather Square was left as untouched as possible, with the original town plan being altered to conserve the space. Take note of the nursing trees inside of the promenade for a glimpse into the area’s history, specifically on the east end of the promenade, where the “Octopus” cedar tree grows out of a leftover stump from the earlier logging days.

The Gnome Trail – The magical trail located in the Mill District is actually one of the old skid log roads that loggers used to harvest timber. At the base of the trail, hikers can see a large log with a flat top where logged trees were skidded across to what was formerly known as “Santa Claus Corner” due to the logger who directed the removal of the logs’ resemblance of Santa Claus.

The Old Highway – Many people do not know that the original coastal highway before the current Hidden Coast Scenic Byway (Hwy 109) ran straight through the Pacific Glen and Northwest Glen Neighborhoods. There was even a bridge that once connected the two peninsulas! Instead of building oceanfront homes right to the coastal edge, Seabrook’s town planners wisely chose to preserve the old asphalt roadway by incorporating it into the town plan and creating a publicly accessible pedestrian esplanade that still exists in both neighborhoods to this day.  The actual pavement from the old highway still exists under the recycled crushed oyster shell esplanade that runs along the coastal bluff’s edge.

The Heritage Tree – Visit the large tree located at the southern end of the Elk Creek neighborhood. This Sitka spruce (Picea Sitchensis) tree is 130 feet tall, has a trunk diameter of 80 inches and is more than 200 years old.

Helping To Keep The Water Clean With Sustainability Efforts

“Seabrook is actually named for the brooks, streams, and waterways that go out to the ocean,” Stephen says. “It’s vitally important to make sure that they run clean and clear and that they are carefully managed so that by the time runoff water makes it to the ocean, development does not negatively impact the shore and shoreline.”

Seabrook is built upon new urbanism principles that leave behind a smaller footprint and focus on various ways to promote sustainable development. Here are just a few ways Seabrook contributes to cleaner water:

  • Limiting the use of impervious surfaces, such as concrete and asphalt
  • Narrow roads to encourage walking and biking, resulting in less motor vehicle pollution
  • Smaller, intimate neighborhoods
  • Shared community spaces versus individual lawns
  • Crushed oyster shell pathways
  • Open swales to slow water down
  • Rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff
  • Organic-based pesticides
  • Organic-based fertilizers

More than 40% of Seabrook is retained in open space, meaning that all of that land is purposely left undeveloped to provide important greenways with varying topography. This permits Seabrook to build miles of woodland hiking and biking trails that connect Seabrook’s various neighborhoods. This also ensures that the health of these green spaces is allowed to thrive once again.

As the town grows, so will the forests. With continual efforts of Seabrook and community partners, this will result in not only a thriving community but a thriving coastal landscape to enjoy for many generations to come. 

What You Can Do To Help

Join Seabrook’s team in their stewardship efforts by leaving the nature trails and beaches free of trash and debris, using natural materials only on the Gnome Trail, recycling, and walking instead of using gas-powered vehicles while visiting.

10 Must Try Foods In Seabrook This Spring

Spring has sprung with warmer, longer days to take in the best of adventure-seeking on the Washington coast. After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring your favorite outdoor activities, stop by Seabrook’s eateries and try these 10 must-have menu items.

Bite Into The Sweet Life’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

Satisfy your sweet craving at The Sweet Life! Huge, tasty fresh baked cookies made by Vista Bakeshop are paired with a variety of flavors (like chocolate chip or sugar cookie) and one of the unique local ice creams from Olympic Mountain Ice Cream offered with a rotating selection of enticing flavors, some of our favorite standout combinations include the sugar cookie with spumoni ice cream, chocolate cookies with strawberry ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies with chocolate ice cream — yum!

Take Your Pup In For A Spring Treat At The Salty Dog

Bring your four-legged friends into The Salty Dog and choose from a drool-worthy lineup of treats your dog is sure to love! From all-natural pet treats to bully sticks and a wide range of flavorful snacks for pets, your pup is will have the best vacation ever at the beach. 

Savor The Flavors Of The Poblano-Cashew Enchiladas With Prawns At Koko’s

The poblano-cashew enchiladas that you can order with prawns at Koko’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar is a fresh and bright dish packed full of savory, sweet, and tangy flavors that will have you ready to order another serving. Enjoy the sweetly glazed prawns smothered in cheese inside tortillas topped with fresh poblano sauce, pickled onions, sour cream, and corn for a burst of flavor in each bite. This delectable dish also has a vegetarian option!

Spring For The Zesty And Sweet Salads At Rising Tide

Salad lovers might just find a new favorite at Rising Tide with their variety of fresh, tasty, and filling salad options. For the ultimate taste of spring, try the arugula salad topped with tangy apple slices, tender and salty prosciutto, and tossed in a brightly flavored lemon vinaigrette. Another spring favorite is the kale salad topped with subtly sweet sunflower seeds, quinoa, and sweet dried apricots complemented by the richness of feta cheese and the apple cider vinaigrette that is both flavorful and refreshing. Don’t miss out on additional signature salad offerings including chicken Caesar, steak, and chicken bacon ranch salad.

Refresh At Blue With A Sunshine Acai Bowl

Blue is a must-stop during any Seabrook getaway. Their grab and go menu features a wide assortment of salads, fresh-pressed juices, bowls, and melts. A perfect pairing for spring day is the Sunshine Bowl with a tart and smooth acai base, topped with fresh banana, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, granola, coconut flakes and agave for a blissful balance between sweet and sour!

Create Your Own Spring Dish With Seafood From Fresh Foods Market

Stop by Fresh Foods every weekend for delicious, fresh seafood options to create your own favorite spring dishes. Choose from a selection of Dungeness crab, Atlantic scallops, bay shrimp, large prawns, oysters in the shell, steamer clams, and Korean sesame seaweed salad. You can also keep an eye out for these items that will be stocked whenever they’re available: fresh local salmon, rockfish, pacific true cod, and lobster tail. Fresh Foods Market is opening their new 13,000 square foot grocery in the center of town this June!

Pick Up Loaves Of Freshly Baked Bread At Vista Bakeshop

Vista Bakeshop has reopened with an expanded space and updated menu! Don’t miss out on the rich, full flavor of sourdough bread, aromatic and savory focaccia bread, classic baguettes, sandwich loaves, and mouth-watering dinner rolls. You can also look forward to tasty sandwiches for the first time at the bakeshop! From a breakfast sandwich to a chicken pesto sandwich and grilled cheese, there are menu options for everyone in your party to enjoy.

Eat The Perfect Slice Of The Prosciutto Di Parma Pizza At Frontager’s

The perfect balance of savory flavors and the unbeatable freshness of Frontager’s Pizza Co. pizza comes together on the prosciutto di parma pizza topped with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and arugula all complemented by a tangy and subtly sweet balsamic reduction and olive oil.

Pair A Malbec With The Manager’s Special Sandwich At The Stowaway

The Stowaway Wine Bar not only has a superb selection of wines and charcuterie, it also features small bites that taste amazing on their own or paired with wine. Try the fan-favorite sandwich, Manager’s Special, on your next visit. It’s a perfect combination of prosciutto, manchego, goat cheese, and tomato all complemented by a balsamic glaze and fresh basil and a glass of Malbec wine.

Satisfy With A Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast At The Belfry Café

Head to The Belfry Café on Saturdays and Sundays for a tasty, filling breakfast before heading out for all of the springtime fun! Enjoy the classic sweetness of cinnamon French toast with a side of scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage to complete your meal.

Try Menu Highlights In One Evening On Seabrook’s Spring Food Tour

Perfect for small groups, girls getaways, couples, and more, join Seabrook Hospitality Concierge Services on a spring food tour around town. The experience lasts about two hours (with the option to hang out and relax at the final restaurant as long as you’d like) and combines a dish and signature alcoholic beverage or mocktail at each restaurant. Limited spots are available from April 20th through May 18th, get your tickets today for the ultimate evening out!

Haven’t booked your spring stay yet? Take a look at the available vacation rentals!

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Spend a Day at the Beach in Ocean Shores, WA

A stay in one of our charming Seabrook vacation rentals would only be complete with an Ocean Shores beach trip! Less than 20 minutes south of Seabrook, the quaint town of Ocean Shores is best known for its serene views of the Pacific Ocean and an abundance of freshwater inlets. Try exploring all four beaches on our list. Or you could just pick one to lounge at for the entire afternoon. 

The Ocean Shores, WA, beaches are perfect for many exciting outdoor activities. Dig for clams during the on-season, wander down the sand on a morning horseback ride, or fly your kite in the salty winds. While planning your trip to Seabrook, check out our Events Page and Things Do Page to help you choose which activities will best suit your heart’s desire.

Views of the Olympic Mountains from Damon Point

The 4 Best Places for a Day at the Beach in Ocean Shores

1. Ocean City State Park

Enjoy the beautiful Ocean City State Park with beach access and walking trails through the Ocean Shores wilderness. Two trails feature outdoor courts to play badminton, volleyball, and croquet. Do as the locals do and try clam digging during the on-season. Because this stretch of beach is technically considered part of the state highway, cars can roll right up on the park sand.

2. Damon Point

Rock and shell collectors will love exploring Damon Point, an ideal spot to find agate gemstones, jasper gemstones, and occasionally sea glass. Surrounded by the Pacific on three sides, Damon Point is also an excellent beach in Ocean Shores for bird viewing. This stretch of sand is home to several nesting birds. This location is your best bet to spot some rare fowls. One of our favorite birds to watch for in the winter is the rare snowy plover. You’ll also encounter varieties of shorebirds, bald eagles, and possibly even harbor seals relaxing on the rocks!

3. Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area

Near Damon Point is another coveted spot for avid bird watchers at Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area. Named a part of the Great Washington State Birding Trail by the Audubon Society, Oyhut is home to blue herons, pelicans, and more. Walk along the shore and take in the beauty of the surrounding wetlands and sand dunes. On a clear day, look across the ocean to witness a perfect view of Mount Rainier in the distance. Though there are no official trails here, this 683-acre beach park offers plenty of opportunities to discover Ocean Shores’ unique wildlife. Because cars aren’t permitted on this beach, you can expect a quieter, calmer atmosphere.

4. North Jetty

Though the ocean current makes it too dangerous to swim here, North Jetty is a beautiful beach in Ocean Shores. If you’re traveling with young children, a trip to North Jetty may be too dangerous as there are many rocks and the landscape is a bit wild. However, you’ll have an unparalleled ocean view from this stretch of undeveloped land dotted with driftwood.

Things To Do at the Beach in Ocean Shores, WA

  • Bird watching
  • Flying Kites
  • Clamming
  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Campfire on the beach

Relax in Seabrook After Your Beach Day

A beach day in Ocean Shores, WA can be exciting but exhausting. Come back to one of our cozy vacation rentals and unwind in Seabrook, WA. Opt for an oceanfront property and marvel at a West Coast sunset over the water in the evening. Or, check out our pet-friendly properties if you have a furry family member you want to bring along. Check our availability today! We can’t wait to make your Seabrook getaway a memorable one!

Calling All Outdoor Adventurers

Spring is on the way and you’ll never run out of things to do during this beautiful time of year in Washington state, from the mountains to the coast! A favorite adventure hub for explorers of all ages is starting or ending the journey in Seabrook, where all sorts of outdoor fun is right at your fingertips.

Stay and explore the growing beach town itself this spring break with endless things to do or plan day-trips to nearby coastal destinations and activities and the splendor found in the Olympic National Park!

Family-friendly Outdoor Activities In Town

Seabrook is a town built for walkability and that’s just what you’ll want to do with the family with something fun to do all throughout town! Check out some of the best outdoor fun and games all accessible right within Seabrook.

The Dugout — You don’t need to worry about packing outdoor game equipment or games! Seabrook Hospitality guests are able to check out all kinds of complimentary equipment and games during their stay.

Pickleball & Tennis — Head to Kucera Park for pickleball with an ocean view or to the tennis and converted pickleball courts near Horseshoe Park in the Farm District.

Playground — Try out the zipline, swings, or slides at the playground right before the grand arbor entrance into the Farm District! Pop over to Kucera Park for smaller slides and climbing obstacles where little ones love to play! 

The Gnome Trail — After playing in the Old Stump in the Mill District, meander down the Gnome Trail and check out the gnome homes or build a new one yourself with all-natural materials found throughout the woods.

Miniature Golf — Pick up mini golf clubs and golf balls from The Dugout and head to Kucera Park for a quick game of miniature golf.

Bocce Ball — Meander towards South Alder Park for a game or two of bocce ball.

Shuffleboard & Horseshoes —  Head to the north end of Crescent Park for a game of shuffleboard or horseshoes. For a game of horseshoes in the Farm District, head toward the oyster shell path on the west side of Windgate Barn.

Basketball — Shoot and swish the day away on the basketball courts located right next to the playground near the grand arbor entrance to the Farm District.

Crescent Park & Horseshoe Park — Want to play a game or soccer, volleyball, or football? The wide open spaces of Crescent Park and Horseshoe Park offer the perfect place for outdoor games.

Sunrise Park — Play a game of catch in Sunrise Park in the South Farm neighborhood or relax on the dual swings at sunset.

Fire Pits — Unwind after a day of adventuring by one of the many community fire pits all throughout town! Wood is complimentary and maintenance is able to help start a fire if you need it. Just bring along the fixings for s’mores and come ready with your favorite campfire songs!

Outdoor Adventures Steps Away From Town Center

It’s easy to spend a week or more taking in all of the activities in and around Seabrook with its ideal location on the ocean and direct access to mountain biking and hiking trails. Kickstart days of fun in and on the water or in the expansive trail network with some of these sports and activities.

Beach & Water Fun — Enjoy the ocean air with beachcombing, kite flying, surfing, clam digging, paddleboarding, skimboarding, biking, kayaking, beach bonfires, and more! Stop by Buck’s Northwest on Front Street for any of your equipment rental needs such as wet suits, surf boards, skim boards, etc. or Brooklet’s Toys on Market Street for kites!

Trail Fun — Walk, hike, or bike throughout town where you are always near the growing trail network system within and around Seabrook. With trails suitable for all skill levels, you can spend a few minutes or a few hours enjoying the natural forest surroundings.

Make A Day Of It

There’s so much to explore along the Washington coast, planning a day trip is one of the easiest ways to get the most out of springtime. Whether it’s a day of sightseeing combined with memorable destinations, visiting historical sites, or a day of fishing, there’s no shortage of beautiful destinations that make a perfect day trip from Seabrook. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Spend A Day Catching Dinner — Fishing fans are in for a treat come springtime! Connect with Seabrook Hospitality’s Concierge Services to help you book a day full of fishing fun with highly recommended local fishing guides!

Experience Lake Quinault — The Lake Quinault area is only a 45-minute drive from Seabrook and is also the entrance in the Olympic National Park. It’s easy and so refreshing to spend an entire day hiking the various trails, having a picnic, and exploring the shoreline of the beautiful Lake Quinault.

Roam The Coastal Beaches — Going north or going south from Seabrook, you’re in for beautiful coastal sights of the Pacific Ocean. Spend a day at Damon Point in Ocean Shores about a 35-minute drive south from Seabrook and experience everything from shorebirds to sea life among the jetty rocks at low tide. This is a popular beach for agate beachcombing, too! Take a drive north and spend the day at the stunning Ruby Beach access with sea stacks for miles, tide pools, and breathtaking sunsets.

Enjoy Some Maritime History — Coastal towns all have rich histories to enjoy learning about and taking a day trip to Westport, a little over an hour from Seabrook, offers several fun and informative insights into maritime history. Stop by the International Mermaid Museum for an inside look on everything mermaid-related from around the world! Don’t miss a visit to the historical Grays Harbor Lighthouse and the Westport Maritime Museum, too. 

Cozy Up In A Vacation Rental That’s Perfect For You

After a day of your favorite outdoor activities, rest easy in a vacation rental that perfectly suits the needs of your party. From private hot tubs to fire pits, to large or small accommodations, you’ll find what you’re looking for in a stay at Seabrook.

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