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Digging for Dinner


Forgo the frozen seafood aisle for fresh-caught fare with a side of adventure by harvesting clams and oysters from Washington’s beaches. Grab your galoshes, a shovel and a shellfish license, and head to these sweet spots. 

Long Beach

Aptly named, the 11 miles of shore along Washington’s southeastern coast is a razor clam mecca. With everything from quaint bed-and-breakfasts to beach camping, accommodations are abundant for those willing to make the drive for fresh shellfish fare. For more information, visit

Penrose Point State Park

The harvest season is short, from March 1 through May 15, but the clams and oysters are plentiful at this South Puget Sound well-known locale. After a hard day of digging, visit the nearby Lakebay Marina Resort and Café for dinner and beer tasting. For more information, visit

Fort Flagler State Park

Forage for fresh shellfish while experiencing history and spectacular views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains at Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island. The sweet spot for butter clams, littleneck clams and oysters is on the north side of the spit, facing Port Townsend. Season opens May 15, 2016. Extend your visit by staying in an officer’s house or camping next to the beach. For more information, visit

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