Siletz Bay
Southwest Zone

Where to crab & clam in Siletz Bay

Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for beach-goers and clam diggers. Some of the highest density purple varnish clam beds are easily accessed here. Its proximity to the ocean also makes it a very productive seasonal crabbing area

These charts depict popular, productive shellfishing areas. Many other areas have these species but may be less popular to access. Additionally, many other species of shellfish, some popular for harvest (e.g. bait shrimp, razor clams, etc.) may be present, but not represented here.

An aerial photo of the mouth of the Siletz Bay with colored overlay and icons denoting areas for crabbing, clamming, and boat ramps.

North of Schooner Creek (NC)

A group of people dig for clams on the beach at the Siletz River.
Digging clams in Siletz Bay

Beds of purple varnish clams can be found here.

Siletz Bay bed (SZ)

Beds of purple varnish clams can be found here, softshell clams may be interspersed.

Boat launches

The boat launch in Siletz Bay is located off Hwy 229 (Siletz Hwy), just east of Hwy 101 at Kernville.

Information provided is a result of ODFW creel and population surveys, spot checks, and input from local residents. The purpose of this map is to provide the user with information and locations of recreational shellfish areas where the most likelihood of success may be found by species. Clam species identified within a particular area represent the most abundant found; other species may be present or may exist in areas not identified on the map. This is to be used as a reference as sandbars, clam beds, and species composition can shift over time. Always use caution when boating/crabbing in the lower bay as swift currents during tidal exchanges can occur, and result in loss of gear or cause boat to be pulled out to sea if mechanical problems arise. Developed 2014.

Header image by Peter Persall, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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