Alaska Clam Digging

Alaska razor clam half open at Alaska Fishing

Alaska Clam Digging

When you book an Alaska Fishing trip with MGFAlaska, you will experience the adventure of a lifetime. When you’re not out on the Kenai River reeling in a once-in-a-lifetime trophy catch, you’ll have time to partake in another amazing Alaska pastime: Alaska clam digging. Razor clams are plentiful on the beaches of the eastern shores of Cook Inlet. Clam Gulch and Deep Creek are the most popular beaches for digging. Those who have 4 wheel drive vehicles can drive down the beach and dig clams in less crowded areas. However, the clams are very plentiful and easy to find once you learn what to look for.

Alaska Razor Clams


Cook Inlet Razor Clams

Alaska clam digging is best done during negative low tides. You can check our tide table to find the best days for clamming while you’re here. To find Cook Inlet razor clams, simply walk along the wet sand and look for a dimple. The dimple is created by the siphon of a clam. Dig next to the dimple and carefully reach in with your hand until you feel the shell of the clam. Pinch the top of the shell until the foot of the clam releases from the bedrock below. Then, pull the clam out and add him to your bucket. Often, you will find several clams in one hole.

When you are out on an Alaska clam digging hunt, make sure to take caution. Cook Inlet razor clams got their name for a reason. The shells are very brittle and break easily, and when they break, they can be very sharp. So, reach into the sand carefully and when you dig, do so a few inches away from the dimple and not on top of it.

When you’re ready for an Alaska clam digging adventure, we will provide guests with buckets, boots, and shovels for your clam dig. Be sure to obtain a tide book and shellfish harvest permit (free). Give clamming a try during your Alaska Fishing visit.

Driving Directions: From the intersection of Sterling Highway and Redoubt Avenue, proceed west on Sterling Highway, over the Kenai River bridge. Continue south on Sterling Highway toward Homer. Clam Gulch is on the way to Deep Creek, which is located at mile point 137. Plan to be on the beach at least 1 hour before low tide.

Kachemak Bay Steamer Clams


Fresh steamer clams from Kachemak Bay.

Kachemak Bay steamer clams can be found on any number of the rocky beaches across from Homer, in Kachemak Bay. Jakaloff bay is a great location for any Alaska clam digging trip. Getting to the steamer clam beaches across from Homer requires the services of a water taxi. Your captain can usually recommend a favorite beach for your clam dig and they’ll drop you off at low tide then return a few hours later to pick you up with your catch. Alaska clam digging in Kachemak Bay can be strenuous but is also very rewarding. You’ll typically find very nicely sized clams about 3-4 inches below the surface. Oftentimes, these clams can be found in groups of two or three. When it comes to catching the clams, a three-prong rake is the best tool to use. You are allowed far more than you really need and a five-gallon bucket half full is typically enough for even the heartiest of clam lovers. Just boil in your favorite broth and serve.

When you’re ready to take the adventure of a lifetime, check out our Alaska Fishing and Lodging Packages and book your trip today!