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LEWIS AND CLARK STATE PARK
LEWIS AND CLARK STATE PARK
Lewis and Clark State Park is a historical site that offers visitors an immersive experience into the journey of explorers Lewis and Clark. The park spans over 54 acres with lush greenery along the Columbia River where it meets Multnomah Channel. It features picnic spots surrounded by cottonwood trees as well as opportunities for boating or fishing on its calm waters. Visitors can also explore various hiking trails offering scenic views of wildlife habitats including beavers' dens and bird-watching sites while learning about local history through interpretive signs scattered throughout the park.

History of the Area
Located in Multnomah County, Oregon, this natural reserve is named after the famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The park's history dates back to their expedition of 1804-06 when they journeyed through the area.

The land was initially inhabited by Native American tribes such as Chinook and Clatsop before European settlers arrived. It became a popular spot for fishing due to its location at the confluence of Sandy River and Beaver Creek with Columbia River.

In 1922, it officially opened as one among several parks along Historic Columbia River Highway under Samuel H Boardman's leadership who served as Superintendent from 1929 until his retirement in 1950. He played an instrumental role in expanding Oregon's state park system during that period which included our subject site too.

Over time various improvements were made including picnic facilities (1937), restrooms (1966) & parking lot expansion(1975). In addition to these amenities today visitors can enjoy bird watching or explore nature trails amidst old-growth forests offering scenic views.

It continues being managed by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department ensuring preservation while providing recreational opportunities making it a favorite destination amongst locals & tourists alike reflecting upon historical significance associated with Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Camping
Lewis and Clark State Park in Oregon is a day-use park, meaning there are no camping facilities within the park itself. However, there are several nearby campgrounds where you can stay overnight:

1. Ainsworth State Park: Located just 10 miles from Lewis & Clark state park with full hook-up sites.

2. Viento State Park Campground: About 15 minutes away by car offering both tent and RV campsites.

3. Beacon Rock State Park (Washington): Across Columbia River about half an hour drive offers standard campsites as well as cabins for rent.

4. Eagle Creek Overlook Group Campground: This campground accommodates larger groups of up to 45 people at once but it's only open between May-September.

5. Memaloose State Park: Located around thirty-five-minute drive east along I-84 has over forty full-hookup sites available year-round.



Trails
1. Warrior Point Trail: A 6.5-mile round trip trail that offers stunning views of the Columbia River and Sauvie Island, with a historic lighthouse at its endpoint.

2. Sacagawea Heritage Trail: This is an easy-to-moderate difficulty level loop trail spanning about 3 miles through lush forests and meadows offering glimpses into local wildlife.

3. Netul Landing to Fort Clatsop Loop: An approximately five-mile long hike featuring beautiful wildflowers in springtime, this path takes you along the Lewis & Clark river before looping back around towards Fort Clatsop.

4. South Slough Estuary Trails: These trails offer various lengths from one mile up to four miles for hikers who want to explore wetlands teeming with birdlife as well as forested areas rich in flora diversity.

5. Fort To Sea Trail: It's a moderate-level hiking route stretching over six-and-a-half miles connecting historical sites like Sunset Beach State Recreation Site and Fort Clatsop National Memorial while passing through dense woods, open fields, creeks etc.,.

6. Kwis Kwis Interpretive Hiking Pathway: Named after Chinook word meaning "deer", it's roughly two:mile-long pathway winding amidst Sitka spruce trees providing opportunities for spotting deer or other woodland creatures if lucky enough!

7. Alder Creek Loop: Approximately three-quarter-of-a- mile walk suitable even for beginners; features include Alder creek itself plus surrounding marshland habitats attracting diverse species of birds especially during migration seasons.

8. Lewis And Clark Explorer Route: Roughly eight:kilometer stretch following old railroad tracks alongside Youngs Bay then crossing Astoria-Megler Bridge finally ending near Station Camp where explorers camped once upon time!

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Directions
1. Start by getting on I:5 N from SW Main St.
2. Continue driving on I:5 N for approximately 7 miles.
3. Take exit 302B to merge onto US:30 W toward St Helens/Ocean Beaches.
4. Stay on US:30 W for about 25 miles until you reach Rainier City Center.
5. In Rainier City Center, turn left onto A St E/US Hwy 30W (signs for Clatskanie).
6. Continue straight through town as it becomes OR:433 S/S Vernonia Rd., following signs towards Westport/Cathlamet/Astoria Bridge.
7. After around a mile or so take slight right at Old Pacific Highway South /Westside HWY which will lead you over Lewis & Clark bridge into Washington state.
8. Once across bridge continue northbound approx .75 mi then make sharp U:turn back south bound, now heading eastward again.
9. Take first Right after u:turn off highway down hill leading directly into entrance of Lewis &Clark SP.

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