Seiku – Clallam Bay
Looking for that special place to slow down, breathe, getaway from it all, and fish to your heart’s content? Sekiu and Clallam Bay maybe just the spot you’re looking for. On the western end of the Olympic Peninsula, Sekiu and Clallam Bay are world renowned for their sport fishing opportunities. Enjoy fresh caught salmon, halibut, oysters, and Dungeness crabon your patio without having to travel far from home. Rugged, pristine beaches surround this hidden gem providing opportunities for beach combing, hiking,kayaking, scuba diving, and surfing all within a few minutes’ drive of your new home. Kick back and watch eagles, puffins, and marbled murrelets, along with otters, seals, and migrating gray and humpback whales from your quiet corner of the world.
The history of Sekiu and Clallam Bay is long—beginning at least 12,000 years ago when its first inhabitants arrived. Several Native Americans tribes lived in the area when explorer Juan de Fuca sailed into the Strait in the late 1500’s. The towns were founded in the 1870’s and 1880’s, Sekiu as a salmon cannery and Clallam Bay as a stop for steamboats. Soon after that, mills, railroads, logging, and fishing dominated the economy. The towns continue to depend on forestry but now include more tourism and businesses geared toward outdoor activities.
Local, hometown shopping await you in Sekiu-Clallam Bay. Strait Shots Espresso will get you going in the morning, then browse the Three Sisters Art Gallery. Top off your day at the Breakwater Restaurant for its ocean view, clam chowder, and meringue pie. In nearby Neah Bay, don’t miss the Makah Museum, an award-winning culture and research center, and stop at Washburn’s General Store to pick up your Makah Recreation Pass along with supplies and gear for your hike to Shi Shi Beach. While you’re there, someone may tell you all about the local basketball tournament or about the fish their grandson caught last week.