Neah Bay Washington

Neah Bay Washington. Here is info about Neah Bay, Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island, restaurants, lodging, camping, and things to do, plus many photos.

Blankets of misty fog shroud the tree covered rocky tip where Neah Bay nestles into the cove protecting the Makah Marina.

Filled with fishing vessels, encircled with homes and businesses, the Makah Marina is the central point in town, as fishing, whaling and canoeing are essential activities in this community.

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Neah Bay is located at the farthest northwestern coastal edge of the state of Washington. Maybe you didn't think about Washington having a north coast? It might be the wildest, most remote location on the map, sitting on the edge where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean, capturing exceedingly wet weather. It's truly a spectacular place.

Dense tree stands cover the land, while sea stacks stand guard amidst the churning waves. Sea birds skim along while orcas and porpoises play in the ocean waters. On a clear day, the view across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north reveals Vancouver Island, Canada. 

This remote village of Neah Bay is considered to be "the beginning of the world," according to "the Cape People," the Makah. The Makah Indians have occupied these parts for longer than anyone can remember. The entire tip of the cape has become a dedicated and much loved reservation.

Makah Days is a time, usually in August, to gather together to celebrate and reunite with returning loved ones to remember the ancient and traditional ways of the Makah people, and to commemorate the anniversary of becoming citizens of the United States. All are welcome, and neighboring tribes from Washington State and Canada join in the festivities. For details follow the link above.

Additional Details about Neah Bay Washington:

  • Neah Bay population as of 2010: 865

  • The town is named for Chief Dee-Ah, pronounced Nee-ah in the Makah tongue

  • Neah Bay Chamber of Commerce represents both tribal and private businesses at the west end of the North Olympic Peninsula. Get a (simple) map of the area here.

  • Highway 112 takes you right into Neah Bay. It turns into the town's main drag, Bay View Avenue.

  • Fishing and tourism support the local economy

  • A visit to the Makah Indian Reservation requires a Visitor's Pass, which remains good for the entire year. Cost is US$10.00.

  • The Coast Guard has a presence in Neah Bay. It also has a cutter, stationed in Cleveland OH, named the Neah Bay  (Wiki on Neah Bay)

  • Average rainfall in Neah Bay is a cool 99.5 inches per year. Yes, we check the weather forecast before trekking out to the end of the world (read Neah Bay), or we come prepared with rain gear.

It may take some effort to get here but it's more than worth the trip.

Neah Bay offers plenty of options for recreation, dining, and lodging.

Things to Do in Neah Bay

A Makah Recreation Pass ($10) is required for most activities and attractions inside the Makah Indian Reservation.

Passes are good for an entire year, and can be obtained at the locations listed here:

Makah Museum/Makah Cultural & Research Center

1880 Bayview Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357

Tripadvisor Reviews of Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay WA - 5*, Certificate of Excellence

You'll see the the Makah Museum on the left just before you roll into Neah Bay proper. It is a must-see, a world-class museum depicting life in a long house, and other aspects of Makah life in the past, such as hunting, fishing, plying the waters of the Pacific in long canoes. A revolving exhibit includes photos, carvings, clothing and baskets. So many things to see!

The Makah Museum is also home to ancient artifacts dating back 500 years, recovered from an archeological site of a Makah village in Ozette, WA. The ethnobotanical garden has been developed containing many native plants and outdoor exhibits.

Of course, they also offer a wonderful gift shop. The facility is open daily 10 - 5; closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas and possibly during inclement weather.

Entrance Fee: Adults $5.00; Senior Citizens (62 and older), Students and Military $4.00; children 5 and under are free.

Cape Flattery Trail

Tripadvisor Reviews of Cape Flattery Trail in Neah Bay WA - 5*
Yelp Reviews of Cape Flattery in Neah Bay - 5*

A Makah Recreation Pass is required to park at the trail head.

The Cape Flattery Trail winds its way 3/4 mile (one way, takes 20 minutes) through quintessential Pacific Northwest rainforest. The hike is moderately easy, passing through various sections of boardwalk, packed earth (read "puddles!") and steps, winding through cedar, fir and fern.

Photos of Cape Flattery Trail

Cape Flattery Trail, Neah Bay WA
Cape Flattery Trail, Neah Bay WA
Cape Flattery Trail, Neah Bay WA

Getting there is half the fun. Boardwalks will take you over stretches of the Cape Flattery Trail that are perennially waterlogged, while other parts of the trail offer either gravel, roots, or round log stepping "stones" to help you avoid the worst of the mud. You even get some hand-rails!

At the far end, you will have arrived at the westernmost point of the lower 48 states. From an elevated platform, you are rewarded with a panoramic view to the west and northwest, taking in the Pacific Ocean and Tatoosh Island.

Additionally, sea lions, seals and even whales can be seen from various railed platforms at the edges of the towering cliffs across which you have just hiked. Dramatic sea-stacks are alive with sea birds and sea gulls clinging to cliff edges. Wild waves below have crashed against these cliffs for millennia, undercutting and eroding their bases creating rocky caves and coves below. Stand still and wait for a moment or two - you'll feel the power of the waves under your feet.

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time pulling myself away from this awe-inspiring place. You'll know it when you see it. 

Tatoosh Island Lighthouse

Tatoosh Island Lighthouse was first constructed in 1857 by the US Coast Guard, who purchased the island from the Makah Nation. Named for a Chief of the Makah Nation, Tatooche, the island was used as a summer base for hunting whales and salmon fishing. The lighthouse is now automated and the Island was returned to the Makah Nation, who now maintain the grounds that once, and still is, considered to be highly sacred.

Check these pages for more information on the area:

Neah Bay Restaurants

Several restaurants in Neah Bay Washington offer a variety of food options: Steaks and seafood, Indian tacos, ice cream, sandwiches, pizza, coffees and other hot drinks. There's also a variety store and grocery store if you're staying in a cabin and need to do some shopping.

Linda's Wood Fired Kitchen

1110 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357

Tripadvisor Reviews of Linda's Wood Fired Kitchen in Neah Bay WA - 4.5*

Linda's Wood Fired Kitchen serves Italian, American, pizza, soups, salads.

Pat's Place

1111 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
(No phone )

Tripadvisor Reviews of Pat's Place in Neah Bay WA - 4.5*  

Pat's Place serves Indian fry bread tacos along with other Mexican and American cuisine. You may even get pie for dessert.

Warmhouse Restaurant, Neah Bay Washington

The Warm House

1431 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357

Tripadvisor Reviews of The Warm House in Neah Bay WA - 3.5*

The Warm House offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including seafood, steaks, burgers.

Neah Bay Lodging

There are numerous options for camping with a tent or RV - in the woods or along the coast; lodging - cabins, motels, some with kitchens; moorage at the Makah Marina. The Neah Bay website offers lots of information here.

Here are a couple very nice options.

Hobuck Beach Resort

2726 Makah Passage, Makah Indian Reservation, Neah Bay, WA 98357

Tripadvisor Reviews of Hobuck Beach Resort in Neah Bay WA - 4*, Certificate of Excellence.

Hobuck Beach Resort is located just south of Neah Bay along Hobuck Beach, with easy beach access and spectacular views. You'll find tent camping, full hook-up RV sites and a variety of fully supplied cabins, plus free showers, picnic tables and wireless internet. Go hiking, beach combing, bird, whale and wildlife watching. Go surfing or cycling, or simply chill at the sight of a stellar sunset. You might even get to do some storm watching.

The resort is close enough to town for shopping, restaurants and visiting.

  • RV Sites: $5 - $40/night
  • Cabins: $110 - $200/night

Cape Motel and RV Park

Cape Motel and RV Park
1510 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357

Tripadvisor Reviews of Cape Motel and RV Park in Neah Bay WA - 4*

Cape Motel and RV Park is located close to everything in downtown Neah Bay. It overlooks Makah Marina, and is a scant 15 minute drive to Pacific Ocean beaches and other sites.

You'll find fully-supplied cabins, tent camping sites, and full-hookup RV camping. Two bunkhouses are available, sleeping 8, though bring your own supplies and bedding. They provide fire rings, propane, and wireless internet, as well as coin-operated showers and laundry.

  • Cabins: $95-$115/night, seasonally
  • Bunkhouses: $50/night/2 people; $5.00/night/for each extra person
  • RV Sites: $40/night with hook-ups; $25/night without hook-ups
  • Tent Sites: $25.00/night
  • Boat Trailer Parking: $5/day
  • Pet Fee: $25/per stay/non-refundable

FYI about marijuana use on the Makah Reservation (including Neah Bay)

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