Throughout the season, you may notice clusters of people digging on the ocean beaches. They’re not digging for gold, but something much tastier - clams!
At Seabrook, digging for clams is a popular leisure activity for families, groups of friends, and visitors to the region.
Because it’s fun, and it’s cheap! You just get out here and do it.
Everyone who tries it loves it. And for many, it quickly becomes a family tradition.
Clam digging at Seabrook is a family tradition.
Once you've got your license, you'll need gear. The gear for razor clam digging is relatively cheap. In fact, most people have the essentials stored away in the garage already. (If you don't, you can always rent gear from Buck's Bikes.)
A clam digging tube is ideal, but clam digging shovels work well, too. You're also going to want a bucket or mesh net to carry your catch in. Additionally, rubber dishwashing gloves are a must. They call them razor clams for a reason. Razor clam shells are sharp and can cut your fingers. Don't forget to wear rubber knee boots to comfortably manage the sandy and wet beaches. Finally, because many of the digs happen at night, you're going to want to have a headlamp so you can see where you're digging.
How to Dig for Clams
Digging is pretty simple, especially if you have a clam digging tube. You press the tube over the sand where the clam is showing, cover the hole with your finger, pull the tube up, and let the sand out.
Here's a quick video tutorial:
Tips for Digging
For the best result, it's recommended that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide. Head to the edge of the water and look for dimple-sized indentations in the sand. Be sure to dig quickly. Razor clams will burrow down if disturbed.
Keep in mind, all diggers 15-year-old and upward are required, by law, to have a fishing license. Each digger is limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig.
Cooking with Razor Clams
If you’re looking to enjoy the bounty already prepared for you, try the chowder at the Mill 109.
But if you want to create your own dish with these tasty Northwest delicacies, then make sure to clean your clams as soon as possible. Seabrook has clam cleaning stations at the Front Street Market next to cottage rentals.
You clean razor clams by first removing them from their shells by scraping the shells away from their bodies with a knife and then cleaning the clams over the sink. The most common way to prepare razor clams is to lightly bread and pan-fry them. Delicious!
Clam digging is a time-honored tradition on the coast. If you haven't tried yet, this fall's digs are a great opportunity and true Seabrook-experience.
Let Seabrook Be Your Base Camp
This year is shaping up to be one of the busiest clam digging seasons in recent memory. Plan your trip to the Washington coast and see what the clam digging-hype is all about.