Spend the day on Hobuck beach, breathing in some of the world's freshest air. You will find yourself staying until the sun sets. You can find camp sites at Hobuck Beach Campgrounds. Walking along the water’s edge you can lose yourself in the rhythmic crashing of the waves. Hobuck is a popular spot for ocean-kayakers, longboard, or surfing. The breeze blowing in off the ocean is perfect for setting a kite to flying.
The trail head is northwest of Neah Bay. Follow the double-yellow line from the Museum right to the trailhead! The trail will lead you through lush forests of old-growth trees 200+ years old. Boardwalks cover marshy areas of the trail. After a short hike the trail ends with platforms for viewing the magnificent rocky cliffs and a wide variety of birds. View caves, sea birds, sea-lions on the off-shore rocks, whales following their migratory route and see where the Pacific Ocean and the entrance of the Straits of Juan de Fuca meet. From this very northwestern tip of the continental United States is a platform for viewing Tatoosh Island. It may feel like you’ve reached the end of the road, but turn around and look – it is just the beginning! Stay a short while and change your perspective.
The Makah National Fish Hatchery is located south of Hobuck and Tsoo-yas beaches and the route is clearly marked with signs. You’ll pass the trail head to Shi-shi Beach and Olympic National Park just before arriving at the Hatchery entrance. Chinook and Coho salmon are raised, along with steelhead. These are released into the tsoo-yas and wa-atch Rivers, which flow through the reservation, into the Pacific Ocean. The fish spend between one and four years at sea before returning. Visitors can watch the fish climb the hatchery's fish ladder into the holding ponds.
Makah National Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 730 | Neah Bay, WA 98357 | www.fws.gov/Makahnfh/
Hatchery Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Best time to visit: October thru November, during the primary spawning months.
The Makah people have a centuries-long association with the sea and fishing. This tradition continues with the Makah Marina, which provides protected moorage for commercial fishing boats, fishing charters and sports fishermen. A tug waits in the harbor to come to the rescue of ships in distress, thus helping avoid disasters.
The Makah people have lived in the area of Neah Bay for thousands of years. There are four other main, winter villages and numerous summer village sites, but Neah Bay is the center of life in modern times. Makahs graciously share a portion of their heritage at the Museum at the Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC).
The artifacts recovered from the Makah village of Ozette are housed in this world-class museum. Tours can be arranged to accompany visitors through the displays and to explain the significance of the recovered objects to the Makah culture. Exhibits are rotated periodically so visit us often.