Coquille Estuary – Bandon

Bandon Family clamming
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Bandon, Oregon

Oregon is known for its world class golf courses, and is also home to the Coquille River Estuary. Bandon offers really great beach access for clamming, crabbing, and fishing. There are a number of clam species here, which make recreational clamming a lot of family fun. However; populations of purple varnish, butter, gapers, and cockles are low, but there is a good population of softshell clams.

For soft-shell clamming, go to the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The tidal flats north of the Observation Deck is the best spot for clamming. On low tides there are razor clams south of Coquille Jetty County Park on the ocean beaches. For crabbing; anywhere from the river inlet, to a few miles in to the Bandon Hwy 101 Bridge, is good.


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Information provided is a result of personal experience clamming at each bay location, and local residences providing input and advice; as well as ongoing information from past Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife surveys. Information will change as incoming seas have a tendency to shift and move sand bar. The hope of this information is for people new to clamming to have a successful first time experience, but is not responsible for the accuracy of this data, and the outcome, or results of your personal efforts.