I'm not sure if this is the best forum for this or not... hopefully so. My wife and I would like to try clamming this Mem. Day weekend. We've never clammed before, so we've been doing some reading on the topic. We have access to all necessary equipment to rent through the Air Force base, but no knowledge/skills on the subject. Looking at the tide tables, it looks like Clam Gulch, et al, will have very good tides for mid-morning clamming on Sunday and Monday. (-4.0 and -4.6 at 10:30am and 11:15am). Of course, this also means that everybody and their brother will probably be out there clamming also, which seems kinda scary to us newbies with 4 kids in tow.
If we go, we'll be going down in our pickup/camper (cab-over bed camper) with a teenager, two younger children (5/7) and a toddler. Clam Gulch and area beaches seem to be the most "family friendly", from our research. We don't have ATVs. We'd be leaving Anchorage after work on Friday evening. We've never been to the area, other than driving past on our way to Homer.
My questions to the community are: where would be a good place to park/camp? We'd need to pop up a tent for the kids next to the truck. Is the potentially extremely-busy weekend going to be overwhelming for us? (I'm imagining "combat fishing" ala Ship Creek - maybe it's not that bad?). Any other advice in general?