Each year beginning in early summer and concluding in the fall, the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau sponsors a series of free clam digging and crabbing clinics. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. We thank the Driftwood Library and the City of Lincoln City for giving us the opportunity to share the wonderful bounty that Siletz Bay has to offer.

2015 Clamming Clinics


Bucket and Shovel for clamming on the Oregon CoastClam digging clinics begin with a brief lecture at the Driftwood Public Library located at 801 SW Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. The lecture covers Oregon’s clam digging regulations, clam identification, harvest methods, as well as cleaning and cooking methods. Lectures last approximately 45 minutes before adjourning to dig clams.

Following the clam digging lecture, participants will meet at the gravel pullout just north of the Bay House Restaurant located on the west side of Hwy 101. To get there, travel south on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City through the traffic signal at SW 51st St in the Historic Taft District. Cross over Schooner Creek and go past the asphalt paved Schooner Creek wayside parking area. Park at the next gravel pullout just south of the Schooner Creek wayside.


Each clam digger 14 years of age or over will need:

  • Shellfish license (available at locations listed below)
  • Clam bag*
  • Shovel*
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Pair of gloves to protect your fingers

*NOTE: Shovels and clam bags will be available for purchase on site the day of the clinic. Payment must be made by cash or check only. We suggest bringing some bottled water for hydration, a hand towel and a first aid kit containing bandages and hydrogen peroxide to treat and dress any cuts.


    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 12:00pm
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 @ 11:30am
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 5:30pm
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 10:15am
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 @ 11:00am
    Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 10:15am
    Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 4:00pm
    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 2:00pm
    Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 10:15am

2015 Crabbing Clinics


Dungeness Crab on the ORegon Coast in Lincoln CityPrior to crabbing, participants will meet at the pavilion located at the end of SW 51st St in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City for a brief orientation. The orientation will familiarize participants with Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, identification, and cleaning and cooking techniques. Parking is available between Mo’s Restaurant and the pavilion.


Each crabber 14 years of age or over will need:

  • Shellfish license (available at locations listed below)
  • Crab traps*
  • Crab gauge*
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Large package of chicken legs for bait
  • Pair of rubber gloves to protect your fingers

Each crabber is allowed to crab with up to 3 devices. Crab pots, crab rings and the small triangular crab traps are inefficient for use while crabbing from shore. Crabs snares used with fishing poles work well but not nearly as well as folding crab traps.

*NOTE: Crab Max folding crab traps with hand lines will be available for purchase on site the day of the clinic. Payment must be made by cash or check only. If you plan to buy equipment at the clinic please arrive 30 minutes early.


    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 1:30pm
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 @ 10:30am
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 9:30am
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @ 8:30am
    Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 9:00am

Cooking Your Catch

After you’ve caught your limit, you’ll need to decide on how to best cook it up! Our Culinary Center has a few ideas for you. Visit the recipes page for some great dishes!

Helpful Information

For More Information:

VCB 800-452-2151 or Bill Lackner 541-265-5847

Where to buy a license:

• Bi-Mart — 1030 SE OAR Ave, 541-994-6284
• Eleanor’s Undertow — 869 SW 51st St. Open at 11am, Thursday-Monday. For more info call 541-996-3800.
• Siletz Moorage — 82 Siletz Hwy. 7:30am-6pm Monday-Sunday.

Where to buy Equipment:

• On-site at all clinics from instructor Bill Lackner
• Bi-Mart — 1030 SE OAR Ave, 541-994-6284
• Mills Ace Hardware — 4910 SE Hwy 101, 541-996-2131
• RQ Mills Ace Hardware — 2047 NE 22nd St, 541-996-3334


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