Short Sands Beach

Short Sands Beach
  • Legal Razor Clamming.
  • Close to Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Tolovona, Manzanita, Nehamlem Bay.
  • Popular Surfing Spot.
  • Walk Through Beautiful Old Grow Forest to Beach Oasis.
Short Sands Beach

Short Sands – Beautiful Place

Short Sands Beach, also known as Shorty’s by locals, has become one of Oregon’s most popular surfing and boogie boarding destinations.  This beach remains protected from heavy weather which helps razor clam larvae bury into the sand and multiply. Old timers have told me this beach was a secret razor clamming spot from 1930 to 1958 when it became better known as Oswald West State Park.

Old Growth Forest Trail to Beach

There is no close beach access. So, you need to be prepared for a little hike through the forest. Consequently, plan accordingly because even though its only a 10 minute brisk walk, its hard to do while enjoying the beauty of it all. The forest trail is filled with old grow tress of numerous variety. The Sitka tress are especially impressive!

Popular Beach

Short Sands can become very crowed during popular summer months. Thankfully, many good clamming tides are in early spring mornings when its not so crowded. Weekdays are even better for those that seek solitude while clamming.


Information provided is a result of personal experience at each bay or beach location. In addition, local residences providing input and advice, and ongoing information from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife websites.  Information will change as incoming seas tend to shift and move sand, after that it makes it harder for clams to reproduce. So, always check for current beach closures and advisories related to biotoxins, pollution or other human health concerns the same day you plan to harvest. is not responsible for the accuracy of this data and the outcome or results of your personal efforts, or safe consumption of shellfish.

Shellfish Safety Hotline
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 800-448-2474
Alt Phone: 503-986-4728