Clam Species and Identification

I have provided a few of my clamming photographs - both before and after cleaning. I do the majority of my clamming just outside of Coos Bay Oregon in the small harbor town of Charleston, Oregon. The clam pictures below should help you identify the type of clam, and if you take special notice you can also see the best place to find the larger clams such as the Gaper. There are many ways to cook the clams: they can be steamed, baked, broiled, deep fried and even smoked. All make wonderful clam chowders.

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Oregon Clam Species



Little Neck Clams - They have two sets of rings that cross each other.

Butter Clam - One set of rings that go in one direction around the center.

Cockle - Deep ridges like a Potato Chip.

Razor - Brown Oblong Shell.

Empire, Horseneck, Gaper - Large Round Shell, Dark browns and Whites.

Learn about cleaning clams here.