Named for the bay, which was listed on British Admiralty Charts in 1846 by Capt. Henry Kellet as Callam, his Anglicized version of the Native American name. The name of the bay, might be Kla-kla-wice; however, Kellet attempted to reproduce the tribal name, which was S’klah-lam or Do-sklal-ob, meaning big, strong nation.
By the 1940s the town featured a hotel, store, a few weathered buildings, and a long dock.
Today, while only remnants of the dock remain, the historic keeper’s residence (1905) for the Slip Point Light Station that guided vessels past Clallam Bay still exists.
West of Clallam Bay the road follows along the Strait. Across the Strait Vancouver Island appears, a blue mist in the distance.