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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

 

Description

This site celebrates the 1805-06 winter encampment of the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition. A 1955 community-built replica of the explorers' 50'x50' Fort Clatsop is the focus of this 125-acre park. The fort, historic canoe landing, and spring are nestled in the coastal forests and wetlands of the Coast Range as it merges with the Columbia River Estuary. The Salt Works unit commemorates the expedition's salt-making activities. Salt obtained from seawater was essential to the explorers' winter at Fort Clatsop and their journey back to the United States in 1806.

 

Memorial Information

Hours/Seasons:  Daily, summer: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Daily, winter: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed December 25.

Entrance Fees:  
Person - $3 - 7 Days

Park Facilities

Canoe Landing
Open All Year
Open From 06/17/2000 To 09/04/2000 8:00am-6:00pm
Open From 09/04/2000 To 06/17/2000 8:00am-5:00pm

Location - 300 yards from Visitor Center.
Closures -
Closed Christmas Day.
Exhibits -
Replica dug-out canoes. Boardwalk overlooking the Lewis and Clark river.


Fort Replica
Open All Year
Open From 06/17/2000 To 09/04/2000 8:00am-6:00pm
Open From 09/04/2000 To 06/17/2000 8:00am-6:00pm

Location - 100 yards from visitor center.
Closures -
Closed Christmas Day.
Special Programs -
educational and historical program schedules available upon request.
Exhibits -
Reconstruction of Fort Clatsop, which was built through the efforts of many citizens and organizations in Clatsop County in 1955 on the occasion of the Lewis and Clark Sesquicentennial celebration. In reconstructiong the fort, the floor plan dimensions drawn by Clark on the elkhide cover of his fieldbook were faithfully followed. In 1958 the Oregon Historical Society donated the site of the fort to the Federal Goverment, and it became part of the National Park System.


Picnic Area
Open All Year

Location - West end of parking area.
Closures -
Closed Christmas Day.
Available Facilities -
Picnic area with covered and uncovered seating.


Salt Works
Open All Year

Location - Seaside, Oregon.
Exhibits -
This exibit marks the location where members of the Expedition set up a camp and boiled seawater to obtain salt for use at the Fort and on the return journey.
Available Facilities -
Outdoor exibit. Open Year Round.


Visitor Centers
Visitor Center
Open From 06/17/2000 To 09/04/2000 8:00am - 6:00pm
Open From 09/04/2000 To 06/17/2000 8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone - 503-861-2471 ext. 214
Location -
NE end of main parking lot.
Closures -
Closed Christmas Day.
Exhibits -
Exhibit Hall, Laser Disk Demonstrations, Theatres (Movie & Slide Show), Bookstore.
Available Facilities -
Information Desk, Restrooms, Pay Phone, Drinking Fountain.

 

 

For Additional Information Contact:

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Rd
Astoria, OR 97103-9197
(503) 861-2471ext.214

 

For more information visit the National Park Service website