Free Family Fishing in the LC Valley

If the inevitable infection of Spring Fever among kids of all ages is threatening to break out in your home, we suggest getting to the LC Valley for a little outdoor recreation.  A road trip and fishing might be just what the doctor ordered.

What’s that?  You have no fishing equipment?  You don’t really know what you’re doing?  No worries! Getting the family outside to enjoy spring fishing in the LC Valley just got a lot less stressful and a lot more fun in 2013, thanks to Idaho Fish & Game’s Take Me Fishing Trailer.

The Take Me Fishing Trailer is fully stocked with fishing equipment that can be checked out for free, on a first-come, first-served basis and has friendly, knowledgeable IDFG staff who can get you started in no time.

Everyone, of any age is welcome to use the equipment.  While anglers 13 and under are always able to fish Idaho waters for free, anglers 14 and older will will be granted a permit to fish without a license.  You can get information on Idaho Resident and Non-resident licensing here.

From March through June, the trailer is making eight visits to Lewiston, Idaho, at two ponds this year.  Here’s a Google Map of Lewiston Take Me Fishing locations, so you can find the ponds easily.

  • March 30 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • April 6 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • April 7 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • April 14 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • April 20 at Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area, from 10am-1pm
  • April 28 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • May 4 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • May 5 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • May 26 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • June 1 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • June 23 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm

What happens if your family gets hooked?  Come on back and fish again – maybe take a full-fledged fishing trip with one of the LC Valley’s fantastic guides.

If you come, check the weather and dress appropriately, bring something to drink and don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see your catch and you can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page.

Public Art in the LC Valley

Image Courtesy NWPassageScenicByway.orgFrom Lewis and Clark to wildlife and architecture to water, Lewiston Idaho’s history is commemorated with over twenty installations of public art. Pieces from as far back as 1902 and as new as 2011 are tucked into everyday places and not so common spaces throughout the town. Each one waiting for you to discover and explore a slice of Lewiston’s personality.

Artists including J. Shirly Bothum, Nancy N. Dreher, David Govedare and Keith Powell, Doug Hyde and Sharon Taylor-Hall have several pieces of artwork, ranging from 1911 to 2003, that pay tribute to the LC Valley’s ties to Native American culture and the Corps of Discovery’s journey through our area.

Turn of the century life in Lewiston is found in the more fanciful pieces around the valley. Fish-like cherubs in fountains, seahorse entry posts, grotesques and gargoyles invite today’s touch and provide a preserved bridge over 100 years of Lewiston’s past.

Contemporary people and life are also reflected in several sculptures like David G. Sears’ The Dance, Rip Caswell’s Cougar Beaver Otter Fish and Christopher Fennell’s Canoe Wave.

It’s an amazing thing to be able to touch a piece of art … to feel the textures under your fingertips and to understand with your hands the form your eyes see. The LC Valley’s public art not only allows this, it asks for personal attention.

Other public displays in or near the LC Valley include the Winter Spirit lights at Locomotive Park, the Lewiston Sesquicentennial Historic Kiosk Series and Maya Lin’s Confluence Project installation at Chief Timothy Park in Clarkston, Washington.

To help you get to know Lewiston through it’s public art, we’ve created the Google Map of Public Art in the LC Valley. On your tour, take a picture with your favorite piece and share it with us on Facebook – we’d love to see what you love most!

~image courtesy NWPassageScenicByway.org

A Taste, A Glass, A Bottle and More …. Wine in the LC Valley

Wine by ~TankPhotographySome people will tell you that the best time to visit a new place is on a weekend.
Some people are wrong.
Each week (not weekend, mind you), restaurants in the Lewis-Clark Valley host a number of tailored events that cater to fun-loving, adventurous wine lovers, their search for a taste of the region and something new in a stemmed glass.
Mid-week starts with Wine Down Wednesday at Tomato Bros. where you can get 40% off the purchase of any bottle of wine all day.  Any wine … and there are some great labels on their wine list.  Pair your bottle with a 1/2 price appetizer during Happy Hour from 4 to 6pm and you’re set for nice how-do-you-do.
Wednesday also means Women Who Wine, from 5 to 7pm, at Quality Inn & Suites.  Not just for women – men are also welcome to enjoy complimentary tastes of featured wines along with 40% off all bottle purchases and glass pours of the featured wines.  Add a half price appetizer and it’s a complete night out with a river view.
Wine O’clock Thursdays, from 6-8pm, The Exchange in Red Lion Hotel brings something a little different to the table.  With the purchase of your choice of 3 different flights, ranging from $5 to $15, you’ll receive 10% off the purchase of any bottle of wine.  Each flight brings 5 tastes of wine and for those of you choosing to make a night of it, pair your flight and bottle purchase with dinner and receive 20% off the entire bill.
The Basalt Cellars Tasting Room, in Clarkston, Washington, is open Monday through Saturday from 12-5:30pm.  Be sure to taste the triple-award winning 2007 Merlot, when you go.
Regular tasting hours for Clearwater Canyon Cellars are on Saturdays from 1 to 5pm, May thru Christmas.  The Renaissance Red and Lochsa are local favorites and, if you’re lucky, there’ll still be some Carmenere.

image courtesy ~TankPhotography

Make the Holidays Festive in the Lewis Clark Valley

There are tons of things to do in Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA this holiday season.

The Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3 at 4:30 pm in downtown Clarkston. This years’ theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season with marching bands, businesses and many more showing their true Christmas spirit.

Locomotive Park, at 2012 Main Street, comes to life with thousands of Christmas lights, music and the sound of laughter from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to New Years’ Eve. It’s the perfect winter wonderland outing for the entire family. It’s Winter Spirit at it’s best.

Twenty three downtown Lewiston businesses are participating in the month-long Shop Downtown campaign. Do your shopping in downtown Lewiston and visit those businesses to pick up your “passport” for a chance to win the $1,000 Downtown Shopping Spree!

Skaters Welcome In Lewiston Idaho

Mtn. Dew Skate Park in Lewiston IdahoWho knew?

In a small North Central Idaho town in Idaho, there lies a little known, brand new, concrete mecca for skaters.  One of only three Idaho skateparks professionally designed and built by Grindline, the Mtn. Dew Skatepark is now open in Lewiston, Idaho.

I’m not a skater nor do I play one on TV but I do spend a lot of time walking my dog, Harvey (named for the Rabbit) on the Lewiston Levee by Kiwanis Park where the skatepark is located.  I have to tell you, it’s nothing short of amazing.

First, it’s HUGE!  As a parent, I’ve always been skiddish of the rocket-speeds and congestion that seem to gather in skateparks but there’s room for everyone in those bowls.  Second, it’s open and well-lit so riding doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.  Third, it’s pretty to look at and fun to watch – I see parents watching young beginners in the upper bowl while the beginners watch more experienced skaters down below.  The smiles on everyone’s face says it all . . . “this place is great!”

Pack up the decks and come to Lewiston, Idaho – skaters are welcome here!

A Walk On The Wild Side

Nestled up in the Orchards of Lewiston, Idaho, is one of my most favorite spaces in the entire Lewis-Clark Valley – the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat.

There are five-acres of paved trails winding through a variety of trees, grasses and meadows that support wildlife I didn’t even know I could see here.   Canaries, hawks, deer, rabbits, tadpoles . . . and that was just on a Tuesday!   At each entrance, boxes are stocked with birding checklists and brochures for the 15-station, self-guided tour of habitat eco-systems and wildlife viewing at spots like the rock fountain and the Aspen colony.

Every season, the habitat offers something to enjoy – from underwater viewing of fish and frogs in the stream to birdwatching in the enclosed blind and rabbit watching in the meadow. Whatever the season, most of my time is spent at the pond. In the spring and summer, I love to sit on the small dock and watch the dragonflies in the cattails and the turtle on the lilypads. It’s where – in the dead of winter – my boyfriend proposed to me with snow falling on the barren, frozen water.  If there’s magic anywhere, it’s here.

There are other preserved nature areas in Lewiston, like the Ruth Modi Park Conservancy, but the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat has something special that draws me back for a walk on the wild side time and time again. Do yourself the favor and stop in – you can thank me later!

Ride Of Your Life Winners!

We sure appreciate your patience with this announcement – we’ve now contacted each winner and confirmed their ability to take the Ride Of Their Life Adventure.  So, without further ado . . . congratulations to:

  • Tyler Barkstrom of Spokane, WA, will enjoy the Ultimate Extreme Adventure Tour
  • Mary Kukowski of Missoula, MT, will enjoy the Historical Adventure Tour
  • Wendi Haught of Hayden, ID, will enjoy the Culinary Adventure Tour
  • Melissa Gephardt of Mountain Home, ID, will enjoy the Family Adventure Tour

If you weren’t one of the lucky four – you can still follow in their footsteps. Just head on over to Everlater and find the adventure itinerary of our choice. Happy adventuring!!

Back At Your Service

Lisa D. JenkinsDid you miss me?  I sure missed you and that’s what makes this announcement so exciting.  Today I, Lisa D. Jenkins, return as your online tour guide for all of the Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA valley at the north entrance to Hells Canyon.  I’m here to help you find and enjoy all things in, near and around the LC Valley!

  • Fountains to play in?  I dip my toes in regularly.
  • Directions?  I’ll get you there.
  • Excursions and diversions?  My specialty.
  • Can’t remember the name of that restaurant you loved but really want to eat there again?  I’ve got you covered.

Before, during and after your stay, I’m ready to help.  You can find me on Facebook (HellsCanyonVisitorBureau) and Twitter (@HellsCanyon), even here in the Comments.

Now, lets get started – what can I help you with?

Welcome, Michelle!

Good afternoon, everyone!  February is closing and that means my time here managing the online communities for Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau is at an end.   It’s a little sad for me, but it’s also very exciting to watch the team at HCVB move into the Tour Guide Seat with you, their online  friends and fans!

Beginning tomorrow, March 1, you’ll be getting all your Hells Canyon/LC Valley news and event information straight from HCVB Director Michelle Peters.  Michelle has been heading the HCVB for over 10 years.  A lover of all things outdoors and an accomplished fisherwoman, she can often be found by following her cries of “Fish on!” up and down the Snake, Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers.  If you’ve got a question about visiting the LC Valley region, she can definitely answer it.  So rest easy, come see us soon, and say hello to Michelle :)

P.S. I’ll still be running amok on Twitter @LisaDJenkins and over onLisaDJenkins.com; drop in and say hello 🙂