Digging for clams one of Alaska’s most popular outdoor activities. At Alaska Discount Vacations we offer shovels, clam guns and buckets for our guests free of charge for a fun activity that is perfect for family groups.
Digging for clams is fun and free!
So you want to spend some time at the beach, digging around in the sand for tasty treasure, but you don’t want to lug all of the equipment to Alaska. No problem! We will provide the shovels, clam guns, and five gallon buckets for our guests at no charge.
Razor clams are the most common clams on the Kenai. Razor clams are a thin-shelled clam that can cause nicks and cuts if handled inappropriately. Red Clams are also available on the Kenai, though they are not as plentiful.
Best locations for clamming:
The best areas for clamming are between the Kasilof River on the North and the Anchor river to the south. This is approximately a 50 mile area.
What to Bring:
Be aware, sudden changes in the weather can occur even in the summer. Rain, cold winds off the bay all can turn clam digging into cold wet chore. We suggest bringing rain gear and warm clothes. You may also want to bring a plastic bag with you to put waders and boots in after your dig, and gloves to keep your fingers safe when digging for Razor clams.
Razor Clam digging is legal year round, but the times for “Table Quality” razor clams is generally considered best in early summer, just prior to the July through August Spawn.Tides of -2.0 or lower are suggested for the best results. Tides must be progressively lower on the southern beaches due to the steeper grade. Tides should be -3.0 or lower in the Ninilchik and Deep Creek areas with -4.0 feet or lower recommended for Whiskey Gulch. Digging is best an hour before or two hours after low tide.
The Southern Beaches are limited to access by high bluffs, and they have a steeper grade than do the Northern Beaches. This limits the time available to a digger.
The best razor clam digging at Deep Creek starts about a mile south of where the creek joins the bay. There is public parking, here and in the Ninilchik area as well. A four-wheel drive vehicle is almost a must for this activity in some areas. The beaches are accessible but can become quite hard to navigate without the extra drive. Walking is an option in most places but others are a long mile or two walk and after a day of digging clams, that mile or so walk seems a lot longer.