History & Culture

Lewis & Clark

Home / History & Culture / Lewis & Clark

President Thomas Jefferson appointed Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2LT William Clark to find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. In May 1804, The Corps of Discovery Expedition set out to complete the mission they were given. In October 1805, the explorers camped overnight on an island close to the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. This is near where Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington, can be found today.

Local Lewis and Clark Sites

Confluence Center: located along the levee in Lewiston, Idaho, near the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers. 
This is a historical marker for the October 10, 1805, campsite of the expedition. Nearby are several open-air interpretive displays, including a dugout canoe. Located at the site, Nez Perce lore is conveyed in Nancy Dreher’s Tsceminicum sculpture. Parking is available at the west end of D Street and there is a pedestrian bridge above the Levee Bypass for safe passage to the center.

Lewis and Clark Timeline: Located at Hells Canyon Resort Marina in Clarkston, Washington. 
View beautiful sidewalk etchings depicting the adventures of the expedition. And find yourself transported back in time as you look over their journey west.

Lewis & Clark Discovery Center
The Lewis & Clark Discovery Center was completed in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The center is locate...
Learn more
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
There is a historical marker for the October 10, 1805 campsite of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Nea...
Learn more
Lewis & Clark Timeline
Learn more
Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum
The Nez Perce County Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation and disseminati...
Learn more

Newsletter Sign Up

Get your monthly guide to Lewis Clark Valley events, attractions and discounts.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.