DescriptionClarkston was the final in a series of name changes for this town in Washington's southwestern corner. Residents of neighboring Lewiston, Idaho, named their town for Clark's partner Meriwether Lewis. The noted explorers, assisted by the Nez Perce Indians, spent time at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers. Petroglyphs dating back some 6,000 years can be seen along Snake River Road, which follows the river south of town; directions are available at the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce, 502 Bridge St.; phone (509) 758-7712 or (800) 933-2128.
The presence of the Snake River guarantees a variety of recreational opportunities, including boating, camping, fishing and swimming. Hikers and bikers take advantage of the Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail, a paved stretch that runs along 19 miles of river shoreline in the Clarkston-Lewiston area.
Kiwi Air offers scenic helicopter flights that show off the region's spectacular landscape of valleys, canyons, upland prairies and mountains. Flights depart from the Kiwi Air helipad on Port Drive (at 9th Street). For information and reservations phone (509) 751-9000.
Local tour companies offer 1- and 2-day jet boat excursions and 3- and 5-day river float trips through Hells Canyon. Reservation information is available from the Visit Lewis Clark Valley visitor center.
The Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley features events throughout the month of April, including an art festival, a dog show, a car show, foot races and a family fun fair; phone (208) 792-2447.
Visitor InfoVisit Lewis Clark Valley 847 Port Way CLARKSTON, WA 99403. Phone:(509)758-7489 or (877)774-7248
Things to SeeBeamers Hells Canyon Tours