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Urban Adventure - Copalis Beach

Razor Clamming at Copalis Beach. Hike out with the receding tide and dig for clams with shovels or clam guns.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 2.0 nm

Meet at 1:30 at Olympic National Forest HQ on Black Lake Blvd to carpool or caravan to ocean.  We will plan to arrive at beach no later than 4pm to take the short walk and begin clamming.  Low tide is at 5:58 and clamming begins 2 hours before low tide.  We will stick together and learn how to dig and gather these giant and delicious clams. Plan on leaving the beach by 6:30 and if weather allows we can clean and cook some of the clams and have a tail-gater!  If the weather is bad or we don't get any clams, plan on a social dinner on the way home.

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Adults all need a license to dig clams but children do not.  Your leaders will have licenses so that we can dig and instruct the kids.

Bring a snack and a side dish and plates for a tail-gater clam fry if you want.

Hot beverages will be provided.

The beach in the winter is cold and windy.  The water is always extremely cold.  Everyone will need to dress in total rain gear, tops/bottoms/hats. 

Clams hide if the weather is very bad, so we will reschedule this trip if it is too rainy.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Everyone will need to dress in total rain gear, tops/bottoms/hats.  Gloves are tricky while clamming but bring waterproof gloves if available and other gloves for warming up.  Waders work great if anyone has them but otherwise big black boots with warm socks are optimal. Waterproof hiking boots are the third choice as we need to be able to walk in the shallow surf.  All kids will be required to wear life jackets and adults may as well if desired, just in case a rogue wave comes in.

Bring a clam gun or a garden shovel (trowels are not good enough) and a mesh bag or medium bucket for each person to hold their clams in.  We will share the clam guns and shovels with others so don't worry if you don't have any.

Bring a headlamp, spare clothing, sunglasses (we hope!), water, snack, WA map, first aid kit.

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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