SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES
Clams open all year
Oysters open all year
This beach has been enhanced with oysters.
West Penn Cove (formerly known as North Penn Cove) is located at the base of Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. It is a relatively long beach, consisting of 4,376 feet of public shoreline. Between the access areas most of the uplands are private property. This beach features a variety of substrate types. The west end beach has a wide productive gravel-mud clam band, which narrows at points and widens in embayments. There is good digging for butter clams, native littleneck clams, Manila clams, cockles and horse clams. The area below the north access trail is particularly good digging. The littleneck clams tend to be higher on the beach while the butter and horse clams are lower in the tidal zone.
WDFW has planted oyster seed for enhanced harvest opportunity just below the south access area. Yellow fiberglass posts and signs along the beach mark these areas. When the beach is open, harvest is encouraged within the area marked by these posts.
DIRECTION TO SITE
There are two WDFW access sites for West Penn Cove. The north access is a gravel pullout just off of Hwy. 20. From Oak Harbor, take Hwy. 20 South until you see Penn Cove. The pullout is on the left shoulder, just south of Zylstra Road and just north of Madrona Road. Public tidelands are to the right when you reach the end of a short trail.
To reach the south access site drive another one quarter mile south on HWY 20 and turn left onto Madrona Way. Go about one half mile and look for a small public parking lot on the left.
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There are no facilities provided.
FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION
Beach information last updated: August 03, 2011 @ 10:43am