Siuslaw Estuary – Florence

Florence Three River Casino
Three Rivers Casino – Florance, Oregon
Siuslaw River Estuary is located near

Florence, Oregon.

Florence, Oregon’s economy of logging and fishing has been moving towards tourism as of late, especially with the opening of the Three Rivers Casino. Which has a nice affordable hotel as well. The best reason to calm at Siuslaw Estuary is the size of the soft-shell clams. Soft-shell clams can be found on large tidal flats on both sides of the river just east of the Hwy 101 Bridge in Florence. The north side has easy road access, as for the south side, you’ll need a boat (but the clams are huge). If you take Hwy 126 east, off Hwy 101 you’ll find easy access to the tidal flats.
Florence Oregon Bridge
Florence, Oregon Bridge
Or you can find some cockles and gapers at the north end of the river just inland from the south jetty, just off the Jetty Road. Make sure you have a rake for this area.

Crabbing here can be a bit challenging. The river is narrow so the salt in the river can be pushed out to sea quickly by river currents. Since Dungeness crab like salty water and winter months can be very challenging as the rain and snow melt, washes into the river. No matter what month you go the water is generally saltier near the mouth, so you might have more luck there.


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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, weather changes, and sand bars move. 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.