Description - This site celebrates the 1805-06 winter encampment of the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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Fort Clatsop National Memorial
- A reconstruction of Fort Clatsop, the shelter used by the Lewis and Clark expedition team, is the focus of this 125-acre park. The replica measures 50'x50' and was built in 1955 by a community effort. Within the park is the Salt Works unit, which commemorates the expedition's salt-making activities. Salt obtained from sea water was essential to the explorers' winter at Fort Clatsop and their journey back to the United States in 1806. Also at this site is the historic canoe landing of the expedition team, which lies along the Lewis and Clark River a short distance from the fort.
In addition to the replicated structures and the canoe landing, Fort Clatsop National Memorial includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and audiovisual programs. During the summer months an interpretive program includes activities performed in the everyday lives of the expedition team. A short trail leads from the visitor center to the Lewis and Clark River.
Recreation - A good place to begin a visit to Fort Clatsop is to stop by the Visitor Center to gather some information about Fort Clatsop, its use and reconstruction. Visitors can walk around and through the fort asking questions of costumed interpreters. The visitor center and most of the park is accessible to individuals using wheelchairs. In some areas assistance may be needed.
Climate - Winter brings lots of clouds and rain and occasional high winds. Temperatures are generally mild year-round. Comfortable shoes and rain gear are recommended.
The fort, historic canoe landing and spring are nestled in the coastal forests and wetlands of the Coast Range in northwestern Oregon as it merges with the Columbia River Estuary.