Local Seattleites Favorite Spring Family Activity: Clamming!
Do you know what one of the best things about living in Seattle is? Living near Puget Sound! Not only does it mean temperate climates, gorgeous views, a vibrant shipping industry, and a nearby beach in the summertime, but best of all, come Spring, families can go down to the shore and dig for clams in one of the most celebrated all-ages outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest!
Sound complicated? It isn’t! All you need is a pair of rubber boots, a shovel, a bucket, and a some waterproof clothing. Some of the best clamming is done while it’s raining! And we promise, you won’t even notice that you’re getting a little wet, as you’ll be far too busy chasing down shellfish.
What Can You Get?
There are many types of clams in the Puget Sound beaches, including littleneck, horse, and butter clams, geoducks, and razor clams. You’ll need to purchase a license from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (a 1-Day license is only $11.35 for residents!) and you’ll be able to harvest up to 40 clams (but not to exceed 10 lbs.), seven horse clams, and three geoducks. And if you’re willing to let your kids have all the fun, you don’t need a license at all–kids under 14 can clam for free!
Where to Go?
You can find guides to public clam and oyster beaches on the King County Fishing & Shellfishing page. As you can see, there are numerous clamming beaches all over the Puget Sound. If you want a healthy, fun, outdoor activity that will help your kids engage with both the natural world and their own food sources, we couldn’t recommend clamming more! It’s one of the best things about growing up in Seattle.