Fort Stevens, Oregon Coast

If you’ve never been clamming and you want to rent everything you need  (see “clamming garb” on this site), the local KOA  rents everything you need and is located at  

Fort Stevens

. Some say the clamming here is the best along the 18 mile stretch of beach from Seaside to the Columbia River, and they could very well be correct. 
Shipwreck Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens
Fort Stevens Shipwreck Peter Iredale
The thing is access can be a little tricky, so consequently it just might be better because fewer clammers frequent here.

From Fort Stevens State Park just follow Peter Iredale Road to the end where the Peter Iredale shipwreck sits on the edge of the beach. Driving on the beach here is open all year round going south; but, keep in mind, going north from here to the Columbia River is closed May through September from 12:00pm to midnight. There are four parking lots that do give access for clammers all year, but not for driving on the beach. I have listed them below on the Fort Stevens Map. Parking Area C however is not listed since it is better for viewing the Jetty, and not so good for clammers.


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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.