The tiny town of Clam Gulch is just a few miles south of Kenai and an absolute must for clamming. Alaska might be known for some of the best fishing in the world, but if you want a unique, local experience that doesn’t require a tackle box, head to “clam town.” Here, thousands of razor clams can be found along the sandy beaches, and the spring season is the perfect time to get your fill. The weather is starting to warm up, but it’s not quite tourist season in April. You might just have the beach to yourself!

If you’ve never clammed before, don’t worry. It’s a breeze to pick up. You do need a license, but they can be purchased on site from nearly any shop in the area. Ask the front desk for help with getting your license, or check with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for up to date regulations (i.e. the 60-clam limit—though most people don’t harvest that many).

Don’t Clam Up

Summer is peak season for clamming, but that’s just because of the weather. Any time of year, you’re guaranteed to snag some high-quality clams. However, low tides (called “minus tides” in Alaska) gives you the best shot at picking up clams. The town also offers great views of Mount Iliamna, Mount Spur, and Mount Redoubt.

Beachcombers also love this little nook of a town, and there’s some great wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for bald eagles and moose as well as a variety of sea- and air-loving animals.