Posted on August 26, 2010
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
Perched on a cliff 200 feet above the mouth of the Columbia River, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center tells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s journey, focusing particularly on their Pacific Coast stay. It’s a wonderful stop for families, with interactive exhibits that let children try to pack a canoe without tipping it, follow a treasure hunt and check out what the Corps had for its inaugural meal (hint: it was served on china) to what it ate during the rainy winter at Fort Clatsop (roots and sometimes dog figured into the menu.)
During winter and spring, trained volunteers come to the center to help visitors spot passing Gray whales on their migration. You can also learn about the nearby North Head and Cape Disappointment Lighthouses. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The lighthouses both function to protect mariners from the rough and ever-changing Columbia River Bar in the treacherous area known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.
Hours & Fees
The Park is open year round for camping and day use, 6:30 am to dusk. Winter hours (Dec. 1st-Feb.28th) open from 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Summer hours (March 1st-Nov. 31st) open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Admission into the center is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child ages 7 to 17. Children ages 6 and under enter for free.
Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and
New Year’s day.
More Information: 360.642.3029. The Discover Pass is required to park at the Interpretive Center ($10/Day, $30/year).