During the first week of the new year, I took my daughters for an overnight trip to the Kitsap Peninsula just to get away for a couple of days. Every so often, it’s nice for them to spend some time together without their brother. We had some good weather and favorable tides during our trip so we crossed the Hood Canal Bridge to do our first clam dig of the year.
Wolfe Property State Park is a small but fertile beach where you’ll find some decent populations of Manila and other clams. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeds the Manila clam population on this beach which explains their abundance.
The clams on this beach tend to be somewhat smaller than at other Puget Sound beaches but we easily got our limits that day. Using a hand trowel, we found our clams within an inch or two of the surface in the tidal zone where the sand and small gravel mix.
Besides the good shellfish harvesting, Wolfe Property State Park is also a nice kids’ beach for running around. And with an awesome view of Mt. Baker in the distance, it’s a scenic, quiet place for adults too. When we got back home, we rewarded our efforts with a big pot of steamed clams with garlic butter sauce.