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Canoe Camp

  • Also Known As: Site 18
  • On Google Maps As: Lewis-Clark Canoe Camp State Park

  • Address: US 12
  • Vicinity: W of Orofino
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

These grounds have been inhabited for thousands of years by the Nez Perce people, but are best known as the place where the Lewis and Clark Corps Of Discovery worked with the Nez Perce to carve the canoes that took them to the Pacific Ocean in 1805.

The Corps was unable to find enough food along the Lolo Trail, so by the time they got here, they were starving. At their first meal with the Nez Perce, they ate so much of the rich salmon and camas root that they were sick for days. Even in their weakened state and slowed by hot weather, they still managed to carve five canoes in twelve days.

As the Corps left for their journey to the Pacific, they cached their saddles and gear and left their horses here in the care of the Nez Perce until their return in the spring. - NPS


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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1805/00/00 William Clark Explore The Corps, help by the Nez Perce, resupply and carve five canoes in twelve days Lewis and Clark Expedition
1805/00/00 Meriwether Lewis Explorer The Corps, help by the Nez Perce, resupply and carve five canoes in twelve days Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Particulars for Canoe Camp:
Owner Federal
Sight Category Site



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 4th January 1974

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Canoe Camp--Site 18
Registry Address: W of Orofino
Registry Number: 74002377
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Federal
Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Nominator Name: National Historical Park
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