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Hi-Tide Resort One Million Visitors

By Wm. May
Published: 11/01/21 Topics: Fishing, HI Tide Resort, Ocean Shores WA Comments: 1

Photo credit: Dan Ayres/WDFW

For decades, tens of thousands of people have enjoyed staying at Hi-Tide Resort on Moclips Beach on the Coast of Washington State.

They come from everywhere around the Northwest, from across the United States, and even from foreign countries.

Visitors love the clean, crisp air, the natural dunes, the river that wraps around the property, and walking the beach for mile after mile.

Families return year after year, settling into their favorite condo where they can watch the sunset, cook on the resort grills, play horseshoes, jump in the surf, and even cast a line to catch perch and other delicacies.

Little do people know that millions of other visitors seem to find the destination just as intriguing. They are native to the area and seem to be flourishing because, well, they are frisky, shall we say.

If you have never eaten one, know this - Razor clams are an eating delicacy that grows only in certain places in the world, and they are especially prolific there.

Razors live in intertidal and subtidal zones and are filter feeders with short siphons, so they live just beneath the surface to feed, like right here, just below the surface of Moclips Beach.

When low tides expose the bottom, the clams dig and burrow deeper into the sand with their strong muscular feet.

The clams are plentiful because females have 6-10 million eggs, of which less than 5% will survive. When ocean temperature reaches 55+ degrees, the clams release their sperm and eggs into the water.

Larvae that develop from the eggs are free-floating and called "veligers," carried by the current.

Over the course of 5-16 weeks (depending on water temperature), they develop a shell and settle to the seafloor as juveniles, but of those, 95% die of natural causes.

Razor Clams that survive burrow deeper and become harvestable when they reach 3.5 inches in one year and 4.5 inches in two. They can then begin to reproduce.

Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, says reports on Monday show more than 9,256 differs in the Moclips area took 160,896 clams, with 10,193 Copalis area diggers taking 193,327 clams.

On Long Beach alone, diggers went home with 428,861 clams. That means that together, over one million of our favorite bi-vales went home with visitors to be fried, canned, dumped into chowder, or made into sushi.

But don’t worry about diminishing the population. Razor clams propagate at an astonishing rate.

Shellfish harvest licenses are required in order to dig clams. These are available at any sporting goods store.

Law requires that clammers keep the first clams they dig (no putting back small clams). In most years, the limit is 15 clams, but through the end of 2021, it was increased to 20 when recent surveys who healthy populations.

Razor clams are very fragile and easily broken: each year thousands of clams are wasted when diggers return small or damaged clams to the sand.

The next time you are sitting on our condo deck at Hi-Tide Resort gazing out over the sand and sea, think of those millions of razor clams enjoying the ocean just as much as you are.

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Author: Wm. May – Clam Lover, Hi Tide Resort
Blog #: 0828 – 11/01/21

Hi-Tide Guests Say the Nicest Things

By Chris Butcher
Published: 08/31/21 Topics: Comments: 0

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T'was he Night Before 4th of July

By Wm. May
Published: 07/03/21 Topics: Goldener Inns, HI Tide Resort, Holidays, Ocean Shores WA Comments: 0

It is late night July 3rd and all through the area, not a creature is stirring. Every pillow at Hi-Tide Resort has a head on it.

Children do not have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. They are dreaming of the shells they collected, the waves they jumped and the games they played today.

At dinner, every picnic table was filled with families devouring hamburgers and hot dogs hot from the barbecue, dollops of potato salad, and later followed by ‘s'mores stuffed with chocolate and mashed melted marsh mellows.

For moms and dads, grandparents and friends, beer was preferred. For some, it was fine wine. Cocktails for others. Children gulped fresh-squeezed lemonade as their libation of choice.

Kids and adults alike stayed up late ‘round the campfire spinning yarns and trying jokes. Campfire songs were sung, although no one knew all the words laughter erupted for no good reason. Smiles were everywhere.

Now it is late and every person here is dreaming of another dreamy day on Moclips Beach, or wading through the Moclips River, or playing horseshoes or just strolling through the dunes.

We can’t claim that jolly old Saint Nicholas will soon be here, but maybe Robert Gray, the namesake for our area, will appear for just a moment to proclaim "And to all a good night."

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Author: Wm. May, Hi Tide Resort
Blog #: 0819 – 07/03/21

104 Degrees at Moclips Beach

By Jerry Tuerk
Published: 06/26/21 Topics: Comments: 0

Hi Tide Resort Moclilps Washington USA 104 Degrees

Summer weather on the North Beaches of Washington State is always great, but the TV news tonight says it will be 104 degrees tomorrow Sunday. Yikes.

A little more sleuthing shows they mean 105 in Aberdeen, which is just 25 miles away and about 10 miles from the ocean. So we will probably see a nice tidy 84 degrees at Hi-Tide Resort on Moclips Beach.

Even if that is a bit too toasty for you, never fear, the cool crisp Pacific Ocean is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Or cool off where the Moclips river merges with the ocean just feet from our north building. You can't get any closer to nature than right here.

With luck, we'll have a little onshore breeze and the most stunning sunset ever. With luck, we'll even glimpse that last-minute green flash when the blazing sun slips right into the seas.

We wish you were here. But better yet, come soon.

P.S. It is midnight as I write and still 81 degrees. Lovely.

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Author: Jerry Tuerk – General Manager, Hi Tide Resort
Blog #: 0818 – 06/26/21

All Travel is a Local Beehive

By William May
Published: 03/01/20 Topics: Fishing, Marketing, Restaurants Comments: 0

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Ocean Shores Publishing launches Hidden Coast Scenic Byway website

By Simon Berman
Published: 11/18/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Ocean Shores Publishing, publishers of OceanShores.com, is pleased to announce the launch of hiddencoastscenicbyway.com, a website celebrating the beauty of Washington State’s coastal byway, State Route 109.

The 41 miles of the Hidden Coast Byway traverses the coastal hills and long, sometimes foggy, beaches of the Pacific coast at the western edge of the Olympic Peninsula. Access to state and national parks abound, as do opportunities to observe pristine wilderness and the unique wildlife of the maritime Pacific Northwest.

Ocean Shores Publishing saw a need to better promote this beautiful region to potential visitors and took up the challenge to build and launch a website in celebration. From the newly launched hiddencoastsscenicbyway.com visitors can learn more about the byway’s route, the towns through which it passes, and opportunities for leisure and lodging.

A robust events calendar and blog supplement this information, helping inform the public of local happenings, festivals, and more. Whether visitors are looking for a quiet beach weekend, or a place from which to explore the stunning wilderness of the Copalis Ghost Forest, Olympic National Park, and Grays Harbor National Wildlife refuge, this new site will keep them well informed.

Ocean Shores Publishing is a leading advocate for tourism on Washington’s Pacific Coast. They are the creators and operators of OceanShores.com, the premiere website for information about this popular tourist town and it’s surrounding environs.

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Author: Simon Berman
Blog #: 0711 – 11/18/19

Float your way eerily down the way to the Copalis Ghost Forest

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/28/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Float your way eerily down the way to the Copalis Ghost Forest. It's just two miles from Copalis Beach on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. Read more Leave comments

Hunting for haunted spots along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/21/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Hunting for haunted spots along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway and beyond. Read more Leave comments

Glide along the Ocean Shores canals

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/14/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Scenic ride along the canals in Ocean Shores via boat. Read more Leave comments

Hoquiam's Historic 7th Street Theatre

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/30/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Hoquiam's Historic 7th Street Theatre one of few remaining atmospheric-style theatres on the West Coast. Read more Leave comments

The caboose is home in Moclips

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/23/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Museum of the North Beach moves the caboose onto the property for the new museum site. Read more Leave comments

Journey along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/16/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Journey along the Hidden Coast Scenic byway from Hoquiam to Taholah along the Washington state coast. Read more Leave comments

Songs were center stage with Ginny Simms

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/09/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Ginny Simms Inn was part of the history of Ocean Shores. Read more Leave comments

Let's take Fido to the beach

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/02/19 Topics: Comments: 0

It's a get-away to the beach with Fido. Read more Leave comments

Kelpers Festival highlights events on Hidden Coast Scenic Byway

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 08/29/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Labor Day Weekend finds a variety of events and activities to enjoy along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. Read more Leave comments

4K for Cancer Team Seattle bicycles into Moclips

By Jenifer Antonelli
Published: 08/02/19 Topics: Comments: 0

For the fifth year, Chapel by the Sea hosts Ulman 4K for Cancer Team Seattle. In 2019, there are 28 bicyclists who travel over 4,000 miles supporting young people with cancer. Read more Leave comments

Hog Wild roars into Ocean Shores

By Diane Solem
Published: 07/23/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Motorcycles hit the streets of Ocean Shores for Hog Wild weekend. Read more Leave comments

UFO Summit lands at Quinault Resort and Casino

By Johnny Manson
Published: 02/28/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Washington State's Premier UFO/Paranormal Conference Read more Leave comments

Gore at the Shore Returns To Ocean Shores

By Sherrie Vineyard
Published: 01/14/19 Topics: Comments: 0

Urban Unglued brings the second annual Gore at the Shore to Ocean Shores. Read more Leave comments

Tune into the Sound of the Shores

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/18/18 Topics: Ocean Shores WA, Radio Comments: 0

KOSW is the only city-owned radio station in Washington state. Tune into 91.3 FM 24 hours a day or online at KOSWradio.com. All-volunteer radio station, it's your way to connect on the radio in Ocean Shores. Read more Leave comments

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