to the Makah Reservation
The Makah Tribe has called the spectacular Neah Bay, Washington area home since time immemorial. The name Makah was attributed to the Tribe by the neighboring tribes, meaning “people generous with food” in the Salish language. The meaning still applies today, as we invite you to visit our community to enjoy the natural beauty and learn about our culture and history. As you plan your trip to the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Washington, please note the following when preparing for your visit:
baɫu•ɫ ʔiyax̌aqeysa• Di•ya, ʔuʔɫtʔiq ʔukti•p kʷiči•ye•ʔiq ʔiš waɫa•yuʔu•c Qʷidiččaʔa•tx̌iq — ʔa•ba•qƛ̓iɫtʔiq ƛ̓a•yi•cuxʷadi•.
Welcome while you are in Neah Bay, the beginning of the world and the home of the Makah — the Cape People.
Recreation Permit Required:
Don’t forget to purchase a recreation permit. Permits are required for recreational activities such as camping or when visiting trails or beaches. Currently, the pass is $20 per vehicle and is valid for the calendar year. More info:
Please respect the culture of the Makah Tribe and limit your activities to designated visitor facilities and tribal regulations. Visit our Legal Notices page for more info.
Neah Bay History of the Makah
In the 70’s, our southernmost village was discovered, and artifacts from our ancestors from 300 to 500 years ago were recovered. Approximately 1% of the artifacts are on display at our nationally renowned Museum at the Makah Cultural and Research Center.
After a tour of the museum, enjoy the beaches, the rainforest or the ocean by surfing, hiking or fishing. We invite you to stay with us in a variety of accommodations we host here on the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Washington on the most northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula.