Umpqua River – Winchester Bay

Umpqua River

and Winchester Bay are just south of Florence, Oregon. There you will find three towns in very close proximity; Winchester Bay, Reedsport and Gardiner.
Umpqua River
Winchester Bay, Umpqua River Mouth
This is the third largest bay in Oregon and well known for great fishing, crabbing and clamming. In fact, the softshell clam population here is among the highest in the state. The area also hosts a number of events all year long and is touted as “The Chainsaw Carving Capital of Oregon”.

It is also home of Winchester Bay RV Resort and Salmon Harbor and Marina, one of Oregon’s largest recreational facilities. There is really something to do here for everyone! From fireworks over the bay, art, food, wine, to whale watching and much more. You’ll find events going on almost every month of the year.

This is a great place to find large softshell clams, probably larger here then any other bays in Oregon. If you have a boat there are a number of areas with an abundance of softshell clams. If you don’t, there is easy walk on access near Bolon Island just under the 101 Bridge or a little further north at Gardiner City.


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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.