Mouth of the Umpqua
Southwest Zone

Where to crab & clam in the Umpqua River estuary

Umpqua River is one of Oregon's largest estuaries; however, high freshwater influence makes the bay seasonal for crabbing. Softshell clam populations in the Umpqua river are among the highest in the state, and they are large clams. Razor clams can be dug at the North Jetty of the Umpqua, though its a long drive down Sparrow Park Rd. (just north of Gardiner), then South along the beach around 8 miles.


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 Umpqua River with overlayed coloration to denote specific areas


Northwest Umpqua (NU)

Hard to access, but an excellent bed of softshell clams.

"The Point" (TP)

Hard to access, but an excellent bed of softshell clams..

Gardiner (GR)

An aerial photo of the Umpqua River.
Umpqua River

Access these beds from the town of Gardiner.

Steamboat Island (SI)

Hard to access, but an excellent bed of softshell clams..

Bolon Island (BI)

Easily accessed from turnout on Hwy 101, many softshell clams in some years.

Boat launches

Two boat ramps are available in Winchester Bay

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 photo by Alex Derr, Flickr

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