Razor Clam Digs Start Thursday

A trio of clam diggers keep their eyes on the sand during an evening razor clam dig early last December, as they scour Twin Harbors beaches looking for the tell-tale dimple in the sand to “show” the clams beneath. Another weekend of digging starts this Thursday on the coast. (Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle)
A trio of clam diggers keep their eyes on the sand during an evening razor clam dig early last December, as they scour Twin Harbors beaches looking for the tell-tale dimple in the sand to “show” the clams beneath. Another weekend of digging starts this Thursday on the coast. (Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle)

By The Chronicle
Another razor clam dig on the coast runs this Thursday through Saturday.
On Thursday Twin Harbors opens for digging, followed by four other ocean beaches — Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Kalaloch — opening the next two days. Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife report that Twin Harbors has the highest number of clams available for harvest.
No digging will be allowed before noon. Dan Ayres, the coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, said to get the biggest clams, diggers should arrive at the beach about one hour before low tide.
Evening low tides during the upcoming dig will be at 5:53 p.m. (-0.9 feet) Thursday, 6:33 p.m. (-0.9 feet) Friday, and 7:13 p.m. (-0.5 feet) Saturday.
Areas opening for digging those days are defined as follows:
• Long Beach which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
• Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
• Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
• Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
• Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park.