Sound Water Stewards
Digging 4 Dinner Fact Sheet 2021
Clam digging classes in the times of a pandemic…
We are optimistically planning classes this year with the hopes that Island County will remain in Phase 3 which allows for an outdoor social gathering size maximum of 50. Should Island County drop back to Phase 2 we will likely not be able to host classes. In any case we will encourage standard and typical face covering/social distancing/hand sanitizing precautions. Please review Health Check Guidelines attached below and everything in blue is a hyperlink you can click.
How much are the classes?
Suggested donation of $10+ per person
When: June 13, 25, 27 and July 10, 23, 25 limited to 50 participants per class, sign up now!
Where are the classes?
All classes will be at Double Bluff this year.
Directions: Double Bluff Beach - S Double Bluff Rd, Freeland, WA 98249
From the south: From the Mukilteo ferry terminal drive north on Hwy 525 for 8.3 miles. Turn left on Double Bluff Road and follow to the end.
From the north: Take Hwy 20 south through Oak Harbor and continue on Hwy 525
through Freeland. Turn right onto Double Bluff Road and follow to the end.
Park in the public parking area. Busy days at the beach will likely require parking along the road rather than in the small lot adjacent to the beach.
Site with links to most critical info
Safety: WA Dept of Health Shellfish Safety Info. Checking beach status is a convenient, and critical aspect of healthy, safe shellfish harvest: fortress.wa.gov/doh/biotoxin/biotoxin.html
WA Dept. of Health: Shellfish Harvest Planner (includes links to safety, licensing, regulations, identification, harvest, handling/storing/cooking):
Shellfish ID and Shellfish & Seaweed Rules
Do I need a license for each member of my group?
If you plan to go clamming at times other than the class, you can buy licenses at many retail establishments or online at wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/fishing.
If you are only clamming this one-day, we will have a group license for the class.
Always check before you dig! WA Department of Health Shellfish Safety Information map
What should I bring? It can be very hot and sunny!
Can I bring the kids?
Yes indeed – this is fun for the whole family
How long is the event?
Allow 45 minutes for an orientation and 2 hours digging. You also will be walking across the beach about ¼ mile
What if I don’t have boots?
Shellfish have….shells,…and shovels require you to push with your feet, so its helpful to protect your feet and have a hard soled shoe to work in. If you don’t have boots, improvise with sneakers, or sandals that can stand up to wet, sandy, muddy conditions.
What if the weather is bad?
The clamming is good, even in the rain (clams are used to being wet) so… dress for the weather and dig-in!
What kind of clams will we be digging?
It depends on the place and the season, and your luck – wait and see. You will receive
information about types of clams when you come to the class.
Will we collect any clams ourselves?
Yes you will! The information you receive will include some yummy recipes.
If I would like to make a donation, who benefits from it?
Sound Water Stewards are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, community outreach, stewardship, and citizen science.
Your generous gift will help us in our continuing efforts to improve, maintain and protect a thriving Puget Sound ecosystem. We stretch every dollar, thanks to the leveraging power of our dedicated volunteers who over the past 10 years have volunteered an average of 20 thousand hours annually.
If you would like to help sustain this program you can make a donation in advance in Signup Genius when you register for the class, or simply give your cash donation or a check written to Sound Water Stewards to one of the instructors. Your support will help us educate future clammers, visitors and residents alike about quality (delicious) shellfish in Island County, stewardship of our precious natural beach resources, and important things we can each do on the land to assure water quality for swimmable beaches and harvestable seafood.
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Best Clam Digging Tide Chart Chart
NOAA Tide website (Bush Point selected) tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov
Double Bluff Info: wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/shellfish-beaches/260110
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.
LIABILITY AND PHOTO RELEASE FORM is required for participation. Please fill out the day of event, each particpant needs one! Thank you!
Any questions? Contact Lead Instructor: Leigh at [email protected] for more information.
Any issues with signing up;
contact Staff Support: Tabitha [email protected].
Double Bluff Beach and Off Leash Area
6378 S Double Bluff Rd, Freeland, WA 98249
|| Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico