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Fort Clatsop

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Inside Fort Clatsop (bobcat)
Candlemaking reenactment, Fort Clatsop (bobcat)


Fort Clatsop served as Lewis and Clark's winter camp from December 1805 to March 1806, almost four months. The Corps of Discovery spent a fairly mundane existence here as they waited out the damp, cold, dark months. There was trade with the local Chinook Indians, repair of equipment and clothing, food gathering and hunting, and a general impulse to reprovision for the long journey home.

There's a visitor center here, short interpretive trails, and a full replica of the fort as described in the two leaders' journals. Fort Clatsop is now part of the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park and the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. During the summer months, reenactors portray the chores of that long, damp winter.

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