What you'll do
Oregon has 360 miles of coastline - that’s 360 miles of crabbing and clamming opportunity! Digging for Purple Varnish Bay clams is a simple and affordable activity that can include the whole family. You will be guided by Randy & Kathy at low tide (time varies each day) to the clam beds of Siletz Bay where we will show you how to dig and gather your limit of Purple Varnish Clams. (The limit is 72 per person per day) This normally takes between 1-2 hours, and is easy to do for all age levels. The walk to the clam bed is easy to access. We will show you where to go and how to recognize where to dig, how deep to dig, and sizes to keep for tasty dishes! Upon completion, if returning home (if you are here for just a day trip) you will have access to our YouTube Channel where you will find instructions on cleaning, cooking and recipes. For guests at the Vitamin Sea Cottage, you will have the hands on opportunity to be shown how to clean your clams in our outdoor kitchen, preparing them for the freezer for later use when you return home. All tools will be provided on loan, or you can bring your own: shovels & buckets. You will need an Oregon Shellfish License if over 12 years old.
Randy & Kathy
We are avid hunter-gatherers and both have Oregon Outfitter Guide Licenses. In 2010 we followed our Dream and relocated to the Oregon Coast from Colorado. We live our life by the tides & plan activities around the low and high tides nearly every day! Clamming is our specialty! We love sharing our knowledge and experience with others, passing onto the next generation how to gather & enjoy the abundance this area has to offer! A story on Clamming with our family in action, with photographs of us on Siletz Bay was featured in the LA Times in Sept. 2018! We also host at the Vitamin Sea Cottage for your stay: AirBNB.com/rooms/6376543
Clamming shovels & Buckets or nets to hold your clams in that you gather. Gloves to protect your hands.
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Where you'll be
Siletz Bay in front of the Bay House Restaurant, (on the South side of the bay). This area is called "Cutler City" and is a quiet residential neighborhood. Our beach is used primarily by locals. We are also Air BNB Hosts for our Cottage by Siletz Bay called the Vitamin Sea Cottage. If you need a place to stay, we would love to Host you during your Experience! Book here: AirBNB.com/rooms/6376543
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Keep these in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 15 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
We will be walking to the clam beds from the Bay House Restaurant Parking lot. This is approximately 1.5 miles round trip on wet sand. Must be stable on your feet as sometimes the beach can be slippery and uneven. This activity can be done year round. Prepare to get wet AND sandy!
Purple Varnish Clamming w/ a Local Guide
$28 / person
$28 / person