Races, Runs and Fun in the Lewis-Clark Valley | Summer and Fall 2013

5K Fun Runs, Half Marathons, Marathons, Duathlons, Triathlons …. why do you race? Is it to keep in shape? Maybe it’s a social thing you do with friends? How about the great t-shirts? (Ahem, the author raises her hand for this last choice.)

Really, it doesn’t matter why you race. What matters is that you do race and that we have some great events on the run calendar.  The Lewis-Clark Valley provides a beautiful scenic backdrop for a number of races each year – here’s a few of our favorites:

  • 35th Annual Seaport River Run in April
    Part of the Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley, this 2.9 mile or 10K Fun Run course follows the banks of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.
  • Run For the Hill of It in May
    An 8 mile course that climbs a 2000′ elevation up the famed Old Spiral Highway on the Lewiston Hill.
  • Mt. Misery Mania Relay & Solo Run in July
    This a serious 57 mile run through the Umatilla Forest. Starting at Asotin Creek Canyon, the course ascends to an elevatin of 6194 feet between Mt. Misery and Mt. Horrible, descends to the Grande Ronde River and Grouse Flats then plunges down the Wenaha River to Troy.
  • 16th Annual LC Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Doc Sears 5K in October
    All three runs start at Chief Looking Glass Park in Asotin and follow the Greenbelt Trail along the Snake River in Washington with the full Marathon course continuing into Idaho along the Clearwater River.


Part of the fun of running is a good carb-load. If you’re hunting for pasta, look no further than Tomato Bros. for Spaghetti Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfreda or Spaghetti Marinara – all available as gluten free entrees, too!

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, Campgrounds, Hotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

7 Awesome Things To Do Without Leaving Hells Gate State Park

When is a park not just a park? When it’s Hells Gate State Park! Read on to learn about the unexpected adventures that await you during a stay beside the Snake River in the LC Valley …

Camp out
Breakout the JiffyPop, S’mores and dutch ovens for a stay at any one of the 104 spots available within the tree covered slice of heaven that is Hells Gate State Park Campground. Wether you love RV, tent or cabin camping, Hells Gate has you covered!

Big Game Expedition
Come face to face with 65 mounted game heads from around the world and learn about one of North America’s most successful outdoor writers and hunting enthusiasts, Jack O’Connor, at The Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center.

Pedal Away the Day
Don a helmet, check the air in your tires and head out for a ride through the park. There are three camp loops to explore and any number of paved or dirt trails that wind all over the public green spaces on the grounds – guaranteed smiles for miles.

Explore the Corps
Grab a compass and head into the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center to meet Weetxuwiis and the Nez Perce, just like Lewis & Clark did over 150 years ago. Everyone can wander through 2 acres of outdoor exhibits at their own speed and the live stream with hidden animal sculptures and footprints is a great scavenger hunt.

Become a Jr. Ranger
Kids and families can suit up and become a resident expert on raptors, bees, flowers, bugs, birdwatching and a whole lot more during the totally free and totally fun 3-hour Jr. Ranger Programs inside the park. Learn more about the Jr. Ranger Program on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Events Tab on our Facebook Page.

Swim, Splash and Snorkle
Slap on the sunscreen and paddle around in the shallows or venture out into the deep end of the swimming area at the north end of the park.

Drop a Line
Kids 13 and younger don’t even need a license, so find a spot on the bank, bait your hook and you might just catch dinner!

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see what adventures you had in the park and you can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page.

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.

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!