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Fort Clatsop
Part of the New Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

Come to the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop

  • No reservations or advance tickets are needed.
  • Come out for a visit anytime. Hours of operation:
    Peak Season (June 13-September 6)
    Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Off Peak Season (September 7-June 12)
    Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Parking can be limited, particularly during the peak time of the day.
  • Avoid parking problems by riding the Lewis and Clark Explorer Shuttle from Astoria, Warrenton or Fort Stevens Campground.
  • Ride on the shuttle to Fort Clatsop from one of these communities and you'll receive a free ticket for a ride on the Historic Astoria Riverfront Trolley.
  • Admission Prices:
    Peak Season (June 13-September 6)
    17 and older - $5.00 each - Entrance fee good for day of purchase and 3 days of Explorer Shuttle
    16 and younger- $2.50 each- Entrance fee good for day of purchase and 3 days of Explorer Shuttle
    Off Peak Season (September 7-June 12)
    17 and older - $3.00 each - Entrance fee good for 7 days, including date purchased.
    16 and younger - free

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Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park

“…from this point I beheld the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in frount a boundless Ocean…a most romantic appearance.” William Clark

Welcome to one of America’s newest National Parks: the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park. Your new national park stretches along 40 miles of the rugged Pacific Coast. For thousands of years the Chinook and Clatsop Indians have made this region their home. More recently (200 years ago!) Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Northwest Discovery visited during the winter of 1805-06.

The Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park, now comprised of 12 individual areas, rings the mouth of the Columbia River. These areas allow you to walk where first the Native Americans and then Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery walked. These sites embody the stories of hardship and danger, of surprising collaboration and adaptations, and of exploration and discovery. If you are a resident or a visitor to the region, bring your family and friends or form your own expedition and come and explore the new Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park!

What You’ll Find

The new Park tells the many stories of the Corps’ exploration of the lower Columbia River region:

  • Near disaster at Dismal Nitch
  • Joyful arrival and unusual leadership exhibited at Station Camp
  • The exploration of Cape Disappointment and the Long Beach Peninsula
  • The people who call this place home and have for thousands of years.
  • Preparing for the return home while in winter quarters at Fort Clatsop
  • Exploring, hunting and trading. Walking across the landscape on the Fort To Sea Trail
  • Re-supply of a precious commodity at The Salt Works
  • The arduous hike over Tillamook Head, now a part of Ecola State Park.

Getting Started

Start your trip by stopping at one of the park’s two main visitor centers located at Fort Clatsop, near Astoria, Oregon and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Washington.

Friendly and knowledgeable Park Rangers are ready to answer your questions and help plan your trip. You will also find recently expanded stores where you can pick up maps, guide books, journals (Lewis and Clark’s or blank ones to create your own!) and the park’s Junior Ranger Program.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (off-peak); 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (peak)
Fees: $5 adults, $2.50 children under 17 (peak season)
(503) 861-2471

Directions:
Astoria: Head south on Hwy 101 and simply follow the signs to Fort Clatsop and Visitor Center
Seaside: Head north on Hwy 101 and simply follow the signs to Fort Clatsop and Visitor Center

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees: $3 adults, $1 children age 7 – 17, free for children 6 and under
(360) 642-3029

Directions:
From Astoria: Take Hwy 101 north across the Columbia River.
Follow the signs to Ilwaco and Cape Disappointment State Park
Once in Cape Disappointment State Park follow the signs to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

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Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop, on the banks of the Lewis and Clark River, was the winter encampment for The Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. During this time the Clatsop and Chinook Indians, whom Clark described as close bargainers, came to the fort almost daily to visit and trade. Captains Lewis and Clark maintained a strict military routine. A sentinel was constantly posted, and at sundown each day the fort was cleared of visitors and the gates locked for the night.

Due to the rain, the men not consigned to hunting or saltmaking often stayed indoors engaged in variety of tasks, from servicing their weapons and preparing elk hide clothing for the homeward journey to making elk fat candles as light for journal writing. The captains used the winter encampment to bring their journals up to date, making copious notes on the trees, plants, fish and wildlife around Fort Clatsop. Clark, the cartographer of the party, spent most of his time refining and updating maps of the entire country through which they had traveled.

Today you will also find a replica of Fort Clatsop, National Park Service Rangers dressed as re-enactors in the fort, other Ranger lead programs, an exhibit hall and a (new!) orientation film. You will also find the trailheads for the Fort To Sea Trail and Netul River Trail. The Fort To Sea Trail is a 6.5 mile trail that runs from Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach. The Netul River Trail is a 1.5 mile trail that runs from the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop to Netul Landing.

Fort To Sea Trail

Fort Clatsop and Sunset Beach, Oregon
Like the Corps of Discovery, come and explore the land that was the home of the Clatsop Indians. The Fort To Sea Trail is a 6.5 mile trail that runs from Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach on the Pacific Ocean. While wintering over at Fort Clatsop, Captains Lewis and Clark constantly kept parties in the field hunting, gathering food, making salt and trading with the Indians. You too can explore the forests, travel along the coastal rivers and lakes, and traverse the coastal dunes. If you look close, along the way you may see signs of the abundant wildlife like elk, deer, eagle or even bear, bobcat or beaver.

The Fort To Sea Trail starts from the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop. For the summer of 2005 the first 2 miles of trail will be completed. You can hike up a gentle 350 foot climb to the top of Clatsop Ridge, where on a clear day you can see through the trees to the Pacific Ocean. Round trip distance is 4 miles. A short ½ mile loop immediately adjacent to the Visitor Center also starts from the same trailhead.

At Sunset Beach the Fort To Sea Trail parking lot will be open for the summer of 2005 with a gentle 1 mile trail that winds through the dunes and along small lakes.

By the fall of 2005 the entire trail will be complete. Join Oregon Governor Kulongoski, members of the Corps of Discovery, National Park and Oregon State Park Rangers for the Fort To Sea Trail Dedication on Monday, November 14th. Hike with the Corps from Fort Clatsop, leaving at 8 AM, or come to the dedication at Sunset Beach at Noon.

Directions:
To Fort Clatsop: From Astoria head south on Hwy 101. From Seaside head north on Hwy 101. From Hwy 101 follow the signs to Fort Clatsop. The trail starts at the park’s visitor center.
To Sunset Beach: Between milepost 13 and 14 on Hwy 101 (south of Astoria and north of Seaside) turn onto Sunset Beach Lane. Drive to the Sunset Beach/Fort To Sea Trailhead parking lot.

More Information:
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
(503) 861-2471
Fees: none for the trail. $3 per person for the visitor center and Fort Clatsop.

Netul River Trail

Fort Clatsop, Oregon
The Corps of Discovery arrived at the site where they built Fort Clatsop by paddling up the Netul River. By the fall of 2005 you will be able to see the same landmarks as you take a gentle 1.5 mile walk along what is now called the Lewis and Clark River. A new trail will open that will connect the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop with the nearby Netul Landing. Also, at Netul Landing is a kayak/canoe launch that is part of the Lower Columbia River Water Trail. Bring your non-motorized boat or sign up for a guided trip through Columbia River Kayaking at (360) 795-0895 or visit www.columbiariverkayaking.com). Netul Landing also offers views of wildlife like eagles and river otter and you can visit the life sized bronze statue of Sacagawea too!

Directions:
From Astoria head south on Hwy 101. From Seaside head north on Hwy 101.
From Hwy 101 follow the signs to Fort Clatsop. Drive 1.5 miles past the entrance to Fort Clatsop to Netul Landing.

More Information:
Lewis and Clark National Park
(503) 861-2471

Fee: None

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