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Butter, Steamer and Gaper Clam Dig

August 12 @ 7:25 am - 10:55 am

Netarts Bay, Oregon.

$30 – $50 sliding scale, children pay their age, see details.
Learn how to find, dig, transport, clean, and prepare butter, steamer, and gaper clams during one of the lowest tides this year. Learn gathering regulations and limits. Learn how Native Americans gathered these same clams. The times we meet are dictated by when the tides are low enough to for us to reach the clams. End time is just an estimate.

What to Bring

Each person should bring a 2018 Oregon Recreational Shellfish License – Read about licenses below. A license is mandatory for anyone 12 or older! If you have one, bring either a clam gun or a SMALL NARROW garden spade (NOT a huge farmer’s manure spade; your goal is to make a quick deep narrow precise hole not move huge amounts of earth). If you have neither of those, bring a regular shovel (the narrowest blade that you can find – see below). Bring whatever is handy. Do not go out and buy a special clamming shovel. While you could use one to dig for these clams, the square and flat-bladed spade shovel I’m recommending is better. Borrow from a friend if you can. A standard garden shovel is the third best option and works better than what the stores call a “clamming shovel” really meant for razor clams, not what we are digging for.

Clam Gun and Shovels

  • A current Oregon Shellfish Collecting License
  • A clam gun or shovel.
  • 3 or 5 gallon pail
  • Old wettable tennis shoes
  • Warm layered wool clothing – you may get wet
  • Towel
  • A change of cloths
  • Backpack
  • Water
  • A sac lunch
  • Snacks
Note: Shovels can be dangerous to carry around groups, so please pack and handle them with care! Prepare for variable coastal weather! While we hope to go through water at only foot level, depending on Mother Nature, you may have to wade through thigh high water, slog through muck up to your ankles, and climb over hillsides. It is all in a day’s adventure!

Recreational Shellfish Licenses

Recreational Shellfish Licenses are now required for anyone 12 and over to collect shellfish in Oregon. In-state licenses are $10/year, Out of state licenses are $19 for 3 days or $28/year. 3-Day licenses must specify the days you intend to do the collecting. You must carry the License with you during the workshop or you will only be allowed to watch. If shellfish are found in your possession on the beach and you do not have a license, the fine is $80 and up. Licenses should be purchased “PRIOR” to our events at any Oregon Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, and other sporting goods stores.

If you have any questions call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6000. There is an informational page at here. Licenses can be ordered by mail but the process takes about a month. DO NOT wait until the last minute!

Note: that a license does not allow us the ability to collect shellfish if there is a marine toxin advisory from the Department of Fish & Wildlife, The Department of Health, or the USDA.

Meet us in Tillamook

Meet us in Tillamook at the NW corner of the Safeway Parking lot adjacent to Stillwell Ave and 3rd street: Be there by 7:25am and wait patiently – see map. The Safeway typically opens by 5am, so go into their bathroom and empty your bladder prior to our arrival (force yourself – it’s the last chance you will have for almost 3 hours). Don’t park in the surrounding streets. Wait patiently in the parking lot in case we get delayed, get to know the other participants, read a book, change into your beach cloths and shoes. We’ll swing by soon to pick you up and proceed on to the workshop site. You must be there when we arrive or you will miss us. Make sure we have your cell phone number if you have one (in case of an emergency)! But note that cell phone service in the coast range is almost non-existent so anyone, including the instructor, cannot be reached while traveling there. Low tide is estimated to be around 8:45am for this location.

Carpooling from Portland

If you need a ride to the coast, or prefer carpooling or caravanning, give us a call. If carpooling is arranged will meet at the:

Beaverton Arco AM/PM Gas Station at the intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (Hwy 10) and SW 110th Ave, one block East of I – 217, adjacent to the Home Depot – see map.

No one will be at this carpooling site unless you arrange with me ahead of time. The time to meet will be given once we arrange to meet there. If you carpool and are not the driver, bring $5 to give to the driver to help pay for fuel.

Pricing Details

Sliding Scale Economics
Due to hard economic times for some, sliding scales are offered to support individual financial circumstances.  We ask participants to pay what they feel they can afford within the range offered for each workshop.  You decide what to pay using an honest assessment of your individual circumstances.  We do not ask anyone to explain their very personal decision.  The high end is a very reasonable price for these quality workshops for those who are doing well in this economy. Groups must contact us for circumstance-specific rates.
$3 Discounts are available on our Registration Form for adult family members that attend together, Native Americans, full time college students and scout leaders. Children (17 and under) must be accompanied by their parent(s). Children under 7 are free. Children 7 and above pay their age. Classrooms and teachers with students are not eligible for these discounts and must contact us for circumstance-specific rates.
Refund & Transfer Policies
If you cannot attend a workshop you registered for, and you contact us immediately, or at the latest, the last weekday before the event, you are entitled to a refund minus the following administrative handling fees: switching to another workshop = $3; sending you a refund check = $5. If you do not show up for a workshop you registered for, you forfeit the full amount paid.

Enrollment Limited! – Advanced registration reserves you a place in the workshop. Walk-ons may be turned away if our size limit is reached.

Download the REGISTRATION and WAIVER Forms. Print and fill out these forms and mail them with payment to: Wild Food Adventures, 422 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97215. If there is space and your are a walk-on, bring the forms and payment with you. While you can register many times throughout the year, only a single waiver form is required per person per year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) for all our day events. Multi-day Rendezvous require an additional waiver.


August 12
7:25 am - 10:55 am
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Tillamook Safeway Parking Lot
Safeway, 1815 4th St.
Tillamook, OR 97141 United States
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