Living Center Oregon

Sustainable Living Center Oregon

FREE Clam Clinics … PAID Clam Clinics …. Clamming in Lincoln City, Oregon

Teach a person to Clam rather than give them Clams. “


  1. To DIG CLAMS or CATCH CRABS, each person (12 years or older) MUST HAVE A SHELLFISH LICENSE & own bucket … In-state $10 out of state $28
  2. Dig your Clams
  3. Clean your Clams
  4. Make your bowl of Clam Chowder

Each clinic begins with a brief overview of Oregon’s clam digging or crabbing regulations, identification and harvest methods, and cleaning and cooking details.

Clammers will also need a shovel and gloves, and each clammer MUST have their own clam container (bucket or bag.) No Sharing containers. Clammers should be looking for purple varnish and soft-shell clams, which are easy to prepare and delicious in chowder, pasta, or steamed and dipped in butter.

Rubber boots, hip boots or waders

  • Clamming can be a wet, muddy, sandy activity. A good pair of rubber boots will help keep you dry.
  • Waders will keep you even drier and cleaner.
  • Or, during the warm summer months you can have fun getting wet, muddy and sandy.

Clean your catch

Soak your clams in fresh seawater – Before cleaning your clams, soak them in a bucket of fresh seawater for 30 minutes or so. This will cause the clams to expel any sand they’ve ingested and keep the grit out of your chowder.

Private CLAM Clinics … $80 … you choose date & time (no limit of the number of participants, but the limit of 3 clams digging tools & containers.) Extra shovels & clam containers at $20/each. CLICK HERE for a reservation or call 541-765-2109

CLICK HERE for PAID 24-hour Rental Crap Trap Package of three (3) traps …. Mix or Match

Deposit = Credit or Debit Card
Rent/24 Hours = $50
Three (3) Crab Traps (Mix and Match)
One (1) Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge
Bait, License, or Gloves not provided

Clamming at Siletz Bay

Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for clam diggers. Some of the highest density purple varnish clam beds are easily accessed from. Its proximity to the ocean also makes it a very productive seasonal crabbing area

If you’re looking for an adequate spot for clamming, travel to the southernmost edge of the city to the Siletz Bay a couple of hours after the low tide, this is when most ocean creatures and crustaceans seem the most active and the waters’ currents won’t mess around with your crab trapping equipment.

Clamming is considered a highly sustainable practice because the environmental impacts of farming plankton-filtering species are minimal. Feeds, fertilizers, and chemicals are not used, and effluent and habitat impact.

Clams are a low-fat, high-protein seafood choice with an above-average amount of healthful minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron, and magnesium and B vitamins like niacin.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Everyone 12 years and older needs a license to harvest shellfish. Licenses are available for a day or a full-year and can be purchased at our Siletz River location.

How to Clam with a Clam Gun

Step 1 – Find a clam bed

Purple Varnish and Softshell clams can be found in nearly every estuary of Oregon. At Siletz Bay, see map.

Step 2 – Find the clam’s show

Clams have variable shows. (holes) They are generally round but can also be oblong or rectangular.

Step 3 -Place the Clam Gun just right

dig for clams with a clam gun. Mark your circle per example. Simply push the tube down over the clam dimple with a rocking or circular motion. Block the air vent with a finger or thumb. Pull up the core of sand. Unblock the vent and drop the clam and sand on the beach.

Step 4 … Place the Gun

Place the clam gun so that it is slightly off-center of the show with the extra room on the ocean side.

Drive the gun straight down with a twisting motion.

Place your thumb or finger over the air vent of the clam gun. Using your legs lift the column of sand slowly with a proper lifting technique.

Remove your thumb from the air Vent. Shake out the clam and sand out of the gun with the Clam

Type of Clams at Siletz Bay

Softshell clams are a favorite of many diggers due to the liberal limit and easy availability. Softshell are native to the East Coast and are used in clam bakes; similarly, they are enjoyed as a “steamer” on the West coast. Unlike the other four common species of bay clams, they are found not only in the lower estuary but relatively high up. They tend to be most accessible for this reason.

Daily Limit: 36 (regulations

The purple varnish clam is named for the purple hue found inside the clam and the shiny varnish over the brown color outside the shell. It is oval in shape and is relatively flat with a prominent ligament near the hinge. 

Daily Limit: 72 (regulations)

Warning …. Be sure to check biotoxin safety closures before harvesting these clams by CLICKING HERE or by calling the shellfish harvest hotline 1-800-448-2474. Warning … HEALTH ADVISORIES: Crabbing and clamming occasionally can be closed due to elevated levels of biotoxins or other health issues. ODFW and the Oregon Department of Agriculture monitor shellfish safety regularly to ensure shellfish are safe to eat. Always contact the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture (ODA) at 800-448-2474 or check their website before you go to learn about any current health advisories.

Information Office Hours …. noon – 10pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109 

Hours – 8am – Dark (by Reservation Only)

  • Cooking Location 82 Siletz Highway
  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-765-2109


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