Clam Gulch State Recreation Area

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Clam Gulch State Recreation Area


(907) 262-5581

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Things To Do


Clam Gulch, as the name implies, is famous for the hundreds of thousands of razor clams harvested annually from the sandy beaches adjacent to the State Recreation Area. Situated on the bluffs overlooking scenic Cook Inlet, the recreation area offers visitors a panoramic view of the Aleutian Mountain Range and its three tallest peaks - Mount Iliamna, Mount Redoubt and Mount Spurr. Wildlife in the area includes moose, bald eagles, gulls and many small birds and mammals. A wide variety of wild flowers may also be found within the recreation area, including the lupine, Jacob's ladder, wild geranium and the prickly rose.

Map of Clam Gulch State Rec. Area (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 60.238874, -151.395550



  • Camping

    Camping stays are limited to 15 days.

  • Fishing

    Clams may be dug during any low tide, but a tide of minus two feet or lower is recommended for best results. Consult a tide book for times of minus tides.

    To locate razor clams look for small round dimples or holes on the surface of the sand. Once a dimple has been located use a clam shovel to dig a small hole about six inches from the dimple and search through the sand until you find the clam. Be careful when handling the clams as they are "razor" sharp. State law requires that all clams dug be kept regardless of size and condition. Anyone 16 years or older must have a valid Alaska sport fishing license to dig clams. Contact the Department of Fish and Game for the daily limit of clams per person.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    All off-road-vehicles are restricted to the campground loop road, the beach access road and the saltwater beach. Please observe all traffic rules. Use of ATV's in the campground and on the road to the beach is limited to direct travel from your campsite to the beach and back again. ATV's are prohibited on Clam Gulch Road from the Sterling Highway to the intersection of the campground loop road and the beach access road. The speed limit on all recreation area roads is five miles per hour. All drivers and passengers under age 18 must wear helmets. Children under age 14 must be directly supervised by a parent or other person over age 21, when driving ATV's.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available in the area.

  • RVing

    Motor vehicles are restricted to roads, parking areas or saltwater beaches.


Open year-round.



21 miles southwest of Soldotna, at milepost 117 on Sterling Highway.

Phone Numbers


(907) 262-5581