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Fort Clatsop National Memorial. How to get by car to the Fort Clatsop National Memorial. How to book a room and its price in the Fort Clatsop National Memorial

 

Fort Clatsop National Memorial

In northwestern Oregon, near Astoria

 

After their epic journey across the West, the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-06 at Fort Clatsop. In 1955 local citizens built a replica of the explorers' fort in a lush spruce and hemlock forest that is the focal point of the memorial. The Salt Works site in nearby Seaside commemorates where the explorers set up a camp to boil seawater to produce salt for use at the fort and on the return trip. The memorial was authorized on May 29, 1958.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Touring fort replica, canoe landing, and saltworks, walking trails, picnicking. Facilities: Visitor center, trails, trailside interpretive panels, replica of stone oven (Seaside). Bookstore, covered picnic tables. Programs & Events: Audiovisual programs. Interactive living-history programs (mid-June-Labor Day). Newfoundland Dog Day (July), National Park Service Founders Day (Aug. 25), Explorers' Christmas at Fort Clatsop (Dec. 26-Jan. 1). Numerous special events commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition are in thr works for November 2005-March 2006. Tips & Hints: Fort replica floors are slippery and uneven. Go in winter for more authentic expedition weather, in Sept. and Oct. for good weather and few visitors. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

& Camping: None in park. In Hammond: Fort Stevens State Park (100 Peter Iredale Rd., tel. 503/861-1671 park; 800/452-5687 reservations; 519 sites; $17-$21; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). SI Hotels: None in park. In Astoria: Astoria Dunes (288 W. Marine Dr., tel. 503/325-7111 or 800/441-3319; 58 rooms; $55-$110), Red Lion Inn (400 Industry St., tel. 503/325-7373; 124 rooms; $99-$119). X Restaurants: None in park. In Astoria: Columbian Cafe (1114 Marine Dr., tel. 503/325-2233; $5-$10; no dinner Sun.-Tues.), Pig 'N' Pancake (146 W. Bond St., tel. 503/325-3144; $4-$10), Ship Inn (1 2nd St., tel. 503/325-0033; $7-$15). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Warrenton: Fred Meyer (695 S. U.S. 101, tel. 503/861-3000).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Entrance fee: $3 adults, free ages 16 and under, $5 per car. No hunting or fishing. No bikes on trails. No skateboards. No pets in fort rooms or visitor center. Leashed pets elsewhere. Park and visitor center open Labor Day-mid-June, daily 9-5; mid-June-Labor Day, daily 8-6.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

6 mi southwest of Astoria, off U.S. 101. Closest airport: Portland (100 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Fort Clatsop National Memorial (92343 Fort Clatsop Rd., Astoria, OR 97103, tel. 503/861-2471, fax 503/861-2585). Asto-ria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce (111 W. Marine Dr., Astoria, OR 97103, tel. 503/325-6311). Seaside Chamber of Commerce (7 N. Roosevelt Dr., Seaside, OR 97138, tel. 503/738-6391).

 

Fort Clatsop National Memorial. How to get by car to the Fort Clatsop National Memorial. How to book a room and its price in the Fort Clatsop National Memorial