Orofino in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Canoe Building Site
I set out early with the Chief and 2 young men to hunt Some trees Calculated to build Canoes, as we had previously determined to proceed on by water.
William Clark Journal, September 25, 1805
Lewis and Clark built four large canoes and one small one to accommodate the 34 members of the expedition. The large canoes were about 50 to 55 feet long and could carry a minimum of seven men and 800 to 1,000 pounds of gear.
The Corps of Discovery departed after 10 days, having made five canoes. Canoe Camp was an important turning point. Here the expedition made the transition from arduous overland travel to travel by water -- onward toward the Pacific.
Erected by Historical Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 30.056′ N, 116° 19.777′ Touch for map. Marker is in Lewis & Clark Canoe Camp State Park, on the north side of the highway, between the highway and the Clearwater River. Marker is in this post office area: Orofino ID 83544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ahsakha Village Site (within shouting distance of this marker); 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); Pit House Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orofino: A Fine Place (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Canoe Camp (about 400 feet away); Canoe Camp (about 500 feet away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 6.7 miles away); Gold Rush Ferry (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orofino.
Also see . . .
1. The Dugout Canoe.
Generally the dugouts were about thirty feet long and up to three feet wide, with a capacity of between two and three tons, including four to six men, who probably knelt in order to keep the center of gravity low and prevent tipping. Empty, each canoe may have weighed as much as a ton. (Submitted on November 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Dugout Canoes: Historic facts about an ancient means of transportation.
Dugout (Submitted on November 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
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