Captain Clameron provided a fantastic crabbing/learning experience for myself and a mom & son in Waldport OR the first weekend of August 2021. He was a park ranger for some years, he's knowledgeable (not only of crabbing, but the Oregon Coast), professional, but fun and friendly--encouraging, patient, gives easy instructions, explanations, and demonstrations for us beginners. He's flexible, and adapts to what you want to do. He's a great guide! He provided the equipment, and I was so encouraged by the lightweight, easy to manage and inexpensive traps he brought, I thought, "This is something I can do!"
Waldeport has a wonderful, accessible crabbing dock with a couple tables to work from. There's also a long dock from which you can toss your traps or lines, and small motor boats you can rent (including equipment)--named after the characters of Gilligan's Island. There's at least a couple places within a block or two that will clean and cook your crab. There are some great eating establishments, public restrooms, boat launch, and a park with picnic tables.
While prime crabbing occurs in months ending in -ber, I was delighted even to see the little guys scurrying from the traps as quick as they could. The 10 year old caught the one keeper in our group. It was an overcast day, so not hot, and the sprizzly rain held off until we were done (the tide headed back out to sea).
Update 2-22-22 New Accessible Kayak Launch! photos courtesy Jan Power, Commissioner, Port of Alsea
"New ADA Accessible Dock And Launch Completed in November 2021
In late November of 2021, work was completed on the installation of an ADA Kayak Dock. While designed specifically for those with disabilities, the dock also provides water access for those who recreate in kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. A loading zone is located next to the gangway for unloading equipment. The gangway to transition down to water level and onto the kayak launch platform is also to ADA standards to provide easy access and includes a ramp to move onto the kayak dock. There are no fees to use the kayak launch although a donation box is nearby for help with maintenance costs."
Captain Clameron rocks!
Captain Clameron is quite a rock collector, and put them on show for us to see what you can find along the beaches--agates to fossils. Of course he has polished the shiny ones.
More Port pictures--Port of Alsea, Waldport OR
Alsea Bay Marina & Robinson Park
Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site
also known as Governor Patterson State Park
I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.