Nestucca Bay – Pacific City

Nestucca Bay is located on the southern edge of

Pacific City

. Pacific City is known for it’s beautiful beach with a quite small town resort like atmosphere. What most people don’t know is — this sleepy little town has some great clamming!
Clamming and Crabbing in Pacific City, Oregon
Beautiful Beach at Pacific City
  The Pacific City website boasts,

“Harvesting clams is so easy, the only easier way to get clams is to go to the grochery store!”

Beach access is obtained from Brooten Rd., approximately 1 mile south of Pacific City. You’ll find softshells near the west shore of the bar entrance and the sand dune at Pacific Avenue. There is also a population of Purple Varnish Clams on the west shore near the bar entrance, I’m told there are gapers as well. A shovel and clam-gun will work well, and in a few areas a rake may be needed.


best place for crabbing

is past the bar to 1/4 mile inlet, and requires a boat. However, there is also dock, and shore crabbing.


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Throughout the site items highlighted in green indicate a preferred spot. Once you identity which beach you want to try, go back to the menu to get a more specific map of that location.

Information provided is a result of personal experience clamming at each bay location over a period of fifty-years, 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 bars. 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.