Before heading out to the shoreline to toss a line, meet our local expert for an overview of Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, identification, cleaning, and cooking techniques. Then you'll hit the sand and try it for yourself.
Each crabber is allowed to crab with up to three devices. We recommend a folding crab trap for Siletz Bay crabbing, which can be done right from the shore. Crabbing Exploriences last approximately one to two hours. This program is free and registration is not required.
Meet our guide at the pavilion at the end of SW 51st Street in the historic Taft neighborhood of Lincoln City. Parking can be found between Mo’s Restaurant and the pavilion, with flat access to the bay.
Essential Crabbing Gear
For crabbers 12 years or older, bring:
- Crab trap
- Bait (chicken legs work well)
- Shellfish license
- Rubber gloves
- Crab measuring gauge
*NOTE: Materials and licenses should be purchased prior to attending the Explorience.
2023 Crabbing Exploriences Dates
Saturday, June 3, 2023 @ 11 AM
Saturday, June 17. 2023 @ 12 PM
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, August 13, 2023 @ 11:00 AM
Monday, August 21, 2023 @ 2 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 12 PM
Where to Buy a License
Where to Buy Equipment
Please be mindful as you crab and practice beach safety. Always face the ocean, be wary of beach logs and debris, protect wildlife habitat, and keep small children and animals near you at all times. For more beach safety tips, visit the Oregon Parks and Recreation website.
Lincoln City Exploriences
Discover Lincoln City's Exploriences program, a series of free, hands-on learning events led by local experts. Not only will you enjoy a richer experience during your visit, you'll also be eligible to get some "members only" benefits. Check out all of our Exploriences.
Abigail DeYoung is a native Oregonian and has a genuine love for the natural world. She jumps at the chance to take people out walking and hiking in the gorgeous coastline she calls home. Abigail has a general biology degree and finished her degree at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. While a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretive Guides, Abigail has enjoyed working in our woods and shores.
Contact our local expert, who would be happy to answer any questions you might have in regard to crabbing on the Oregon Coast.
Northwest EcoTours & Guide Service