Near Orofino in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Navigating the Clearwater
Under the direction of a Nez Perce headman, Twisted Hair, the explorers were fed and given information about the river ahead. Maps and canoes were made in preparation for the river travel to come.
On October 7, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery began their journey down the Clearwater River in five newly built dugout canoes. Twisted Hair and another Nimiipuu guide, Tetoharsky, joined the Corps on the river the next day.
After overcoming may challenges, from dangerous rapids to battered canoes and water-drenched cargo, the travelers safely reached the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers near present-day Lewiston, Idaho, on October 10, 1805. Recalling the events of the day, Captain Clark wrote: "...we arrived at the head of a verry bad riffle at which place we landed...after view'g this riffle two Canoes were taken over verry well; the third Struck on a rock which took us
From the alpine North Fork near the Montana border to the Snake River confluence in Lewiston, Idaho, the Clearwater River flows through changing landscapes that Lewis described as "rocky Mountains and descending once more to a level and fertile country,"
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 46° 30.198′ N, 116° 20.918′ W. Marker is near Orofino, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 12 near Bobbit Bench Grade, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located at the Pink House Recreation Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4815 US Highway 12, Orofino ID 83544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clearwater River Log Drives (here, next to this marker); Canoe Camp (approx. 0.8 miles away); Welcome to Canoe Camp (approx. 0.8 miles away); Orofino: A Fine Place (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pit House Village (approx. 0.9 miles away); 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ahsakha Village Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canoe Building Site (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orofino.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.