Free Fishing, Clamming, Crabbing, Parking and Tenting Day on Oregon Coast

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Free fishing, clam, crabbing, park and camping day on the Oregon Coast

Posted 5/31/22 at 8:45pm PST
By employees of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Oregon Coast) – Something’s deliciously fishy this week along the Oregon coast and across the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hosting a free fishing day this first weekend in June, Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. On these two days nobody needs a license for fishing, shelling or crab fishing. It’s free, there’s no charge – but you still have to stick to catch limits. (Above: Fishing Rock near Depoe Bay, Oregon Coast Beach Connection photo)

There’s also free camping and state park parking on one of these days: on June 4th, you don’t have to pay for either.

Open to Oregon residents only, the free fishing day means no fishing/shellfish licenses or badges (including a combined fishing badge or Columbia River Basin endorsement or two-rod validation) are required.

Along the Oregon coast, some of the region’s most popular activities will be open longer than usual. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) offers free camping and parking for Oregon State Parks Day. About 26 of Oregon’s 100+ state parks charge parking fees, and all of them are waived. These parks include Cape Lookout, Shore Acres near Coos Bay, Fort Stevens near Astoria, and Nehalem Bay State Park, among others.

State Parks Day brings free RV and tent camping and special events to the Oregon Coast. A full list of parking fee parks can be found here.

This Oregon-grown holiday has been a tradition since 1998 to thank Oregonians for their decades of support of the state park system.

“State parks are here because Oregonians know our state parks are special. You’ve invested in her, helped take care of her and kept her open to everyone. Thank you,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “This year’s State Parks Day is even more meaningful as we celebrate our centenary. We hope you’ll come out and wish Oregon State Parks a Happy 100th Anniversary.”

Special events include one at Cape Blanco State Park near Port Orford on Oregon’s southern coast. There, the Cape Blanco Heritage Society will host a celebration of the state park’s centenary and the 150th anniversary of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The event, held on the grounds of the lighthouse, will feature live music, raffles, a lighthouse diorama presentation, food from the Rotary Club of Port Orford, and a 2:00pm coastguard parade


Fishing in Coos Bay, courtesy of Oregon’s Adventure Coast

On June 4th and 5th, crabs and clams get a significant boost along these shores. At the moment crab hunting is open in coves, beaches, estuaries, tide pools, piers and docks along the entire Oregon coast and in the ocean offshore.

Summer is ideal for shelling because of the low tide that hits the beaches and coves in the late morning and early afternoon. See MyODFW.com for even more.

However, there is a razor blade closure from Cape Blanco to the California border at this time due to domoic acid toxin levels in the mussels.

For those heading to the Oregon Coast, ODFW recommends fishing for surfbass from the bank, bottomfish or halibut if the area you are fishing in is open. Surfperch can be particularly scenic as you do this from shore or from a rocky area.

For fishing regulations and any closures, see the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, which also includes bag restrictions and size restrictions (which still apply). See all the shell closures

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Photo courtesy of Seaside Aquarium


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