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Crab pots sit in the parking lot at the Charleston Marina Complex in Charleston.

The Umpqua River is one of Oregon’s largest estuaries; however, high freshwater influence makes the bay seasonal for crabbing.

Softshell clam populations in the Umpqua River are among the highest in the state, and they are large clams.

Razor clams can be dug at the North Jetty of the Umpqua, though its a long drive down Sparrow Park Road (just north of Gardiner), then south along the beach around eight miles. Two boat ramps are available in Winchester Bay.

If you are interested in learning more about crabbing and clamming such as refining shellfish identification or have questions about nearby shellfish areas, there is a free seminar that will be held Sept. 7 at the Port Orford Library at 5 p.m., with a clam dig on Sept. 8 at 7 a.m. Call 541-888-5515 for more information and possible additional locations/dates for clamming/crabbing seminars.

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