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President Thomas Jefferson appointed Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2LT William Clark to find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. And 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.

Some local Lewis and Clark sites include:

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.

Granite Lake Park
Granite Lake Park is a six acre park that is located in the Clarkston Port District and maintained by the Port. It is landscaped with many plants that...
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Kiwanis Park
Kiwanis Park a perennial favorite park in the valley is located along the Snake River and has something for everyone. State of the art playground equi...
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Lewis & Clark Discovery Center, Hells Gate State P...
The Lewis & Clark Discovery Center was completed in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of th...
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Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
There is a historical marker for the October 10, 1805 campsite of the Lewis & Clark Expedit...
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Lewis & Clark Timeline
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Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum
The Nez Perce County Historical Society opened a museum in what is now called the Heritage House at ...
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