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Field Notes: Six days of clam digs approved on Washington beaches

Dates are March 26-31

By Columbian news services
Published: March 23, 2024, 6:00am

Razor clam diggers can look forward to more digging opportunities on coastal beaches beginning March 26, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed earlier this week.

“We’ll be sending off March with six days of razor clam digging,” said Bryce Blumenthal, a WDFW coastal shellfish biologist. “Morning tides usually bring new participants and larger crowds, so we want to remind beachgoers to respect the 25 mph speed limit and only drive on the hard-packed sand near the high tide line to keep diggers safe and avoid crushing clam beds.”

Not all coastal beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out. Optimal digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide.

The following March 26-31 digs will proceed as scheduled, after marine toxin results from the Washington State Department of Health showed razor clams are safe to eat:

  • March 26, Tuesday, 7:54 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Copalis.
  • March 27, Wednesday, 8:26 a.m.; 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks.
  • March 28, Thursday, 9:01 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.
  • March 29, Friday, 9:39 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.
  • March 30, Saturday, 10:23 a.m.; 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (digging extended until 1 p.m.).
  • March 31, Sunday, 11:16 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging extended until 1 p.m.).

Carson City to Canada hike could net you $5,000

People will soon be able to trek from the steps of the Nevada state Capitol in Carson City through the Sierra at Lake Tahoe and on to the Pacific Crest Trail, where they can complete the 1,600-mile journey to the Canadian border.

Oh, and two participants will earn $5,000 each for doing so.

There is a caveat for this money-making journey: The pair will be making a travelogue as they tramp along.

The Carson City to Canada Quest, which is taking applications until May 31, is intended for experienced hikers only. Finalists will be contacted in late July.

The start date for the quest will be in summer 2025.

The quest was sparked by the July 2023 opening of the Capital to Tahoe Trail, which was completed after eight years. It’s the first single-track connection from Carson City to Lake Tahoe.

The trail is about 9.8 miles and crosses Nevada State Parks, U.S. Forest Service and private lands.

The new trail boasts rugged, forested landscape, steep rocks, and beautiful views of Carson City and neighboring Washoe Valley. Mountain biking, hiking, running and horseback riding are all allowed on the trail.

The Tahoe portion of the trail is currently buried under layers of snow; parts of the trail near Carson City are also covered in snow, according to Beck. The trail is expected to open around July, when more of the snow has melted.