The Kenai Peninsula offers great clamming opportunities. Some of the best road-accessible areas include the beaches near Ninilchik, Anchor River, Clam Gulch and Deep Creek. All of these areas offer opportunities to camp, and some have portable restroom facilities. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can drive onto the beach areas, but you must use extreme caution to avoid soft sand spots, and mud extrusions that sometimes squeeze up through the sand. These look like rocks from a distance, giving the impression of stable driving, but the opposite is true. Drive there, and risk burying your rig. Most people park on the hard-packed sand just below the high water mark, and ensure that they are out of there before the tide rises. These are popular clamming areas where you can essentially follow the crowd to the best areas.
Check out our writeup: Razor Clamming Alaska's Cook Inlet by Mari Reeves
Remote, boat-accessible clamming opportunities exist across Kachemak Bay. Check out Halibut Cove, Sadie Cove, Jackalof Bay and others listed below.
CAUTION: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) has caused several deaths in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game regularly tests and certifies certain beaches as PSP-free. Limit your clamming to these beaches to avoid the risk of PSP. The ONLY certified beaches in the state of Alaska are all in the Lower Cook Inlet / Kachemak Bay area, as follows: Polly Creek, Crescent River, Chugachik Island, Halibut Cove, Sadie Cove, Tutka Bay, Jackalof Bay and Kasitsna Bay (McDonald Spit).
The above map shows the details of the locations of PSP-free beaches in Kachemak Bay. Note that in most cases the ideal clamming locations are at the head of the bays, where mud flats are exposed at low tide.
Are you new to clamming in Alaska? You're in for a great time! Whether you're flying solo or taking the kids out for a weekend, clamming is a great way to enjoy the Alaska outdoors, and to harvest some delicious seafood at the same time. The tools needed are actually very simple. Here's a list:
Cleaning clams is time-consuming, but the rewards are great.
If you plan to fish anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula, you need a copy of Dave Atcheson's "Fishing the Kenai Peninsula" in your rig. If you're new to the area, a copy of The Milepost will help you plan your trip, providing maps and detailed information on the locations of campgrounds, cabins, places to eat, fuel stops and much more. While you're in the bookstore, you might also check out our maps of Kachemak Bay State Park, Kenai River (includes only the middle and lower sections of the river, from Skilak Lake to the mouth), and the Northwestern Kenai Peninsula map, which includes only the areas around Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof, and Nikiski. These are road maps, but they also show campgrounds, fishing areas and available species. Finally, check out Scott Haugen's excellent book, "Bank Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon" for excellent tips that will work on the Kenai River, Deep Creek and other places on the Kenai Peninsula.
Click on the following links to review angling opportunities in the various areas of the Kenai Peninsula.
Kenai Peninsula Fishing Intro | Upper Kenai Peninsula Fishing | Central Kenai Peninsula Fishing | Lower Kenai Peninsula Fishing | Kenai Peninsula Marine Fishery | Kenai Peninsula Clamming | Seward Saltwater Fishing | Seldovia Fishing