Looking for something to do after Turkey Day?
Why not head to the coast and go razor clam digging at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks on Friday, Nov. 25; and Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks on Saturday, Nov. 26.
No digging will be allowed either day before noon.
For best results, hit the beach an hour or two before the evening low tide. On Nov. 25, an evening low tide of -1.9 feet will occur at 6:27 p.m. The evening low tide Nov. 26 will be -1.8 feet at 7:14 p.m.
Under state law, diggers 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.
Because Copalis Beach will not be open for digging Nov. 26, diggers need to observe the boundary between Mocrocks Beach and Copalis Beach, which are adjacent to one another north of Grays Harbor.
Mocrocks Beach, which will be open to digging both days, lies north of the Copalis River and includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Copalis Beach lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis.
Those who ventured out during the last digs found ideal digging conditions at the three beaches open on Friday, Nov. 11, but by Saturday, Nov. 12 a nasty storm brewing off the coast turned things for the worst.
At Twin Harbors diggers averaged 14.0 clams per person on Nov. 11, and 8.4 on Nov. 12; at Long Beach it was 14.0 and 3.8; and at Mocrocks 12.0 and 10.8.
Clam size averaged 4.4 inches at Long Beach, 3.4 at Twin Harbors and 4.3 at Mocrocks.
About 3,400 diggers turned out Nov. 11, and a similar size crowd dug on Nov. 12.
Other digs are scheduled for:
Dec. 10, low tide is minus-0.5 feet at 6:30 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 22, -0.9 at 4:40 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Dec. 23, -1.4 at 5:29 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.
More digs are also planned later in January as well as more during spring time. Some of those specific dates should be announced by early January.
(Photos by Ryan Nakata)