Questions about this circuit should be directed to:
Lu Anne Frost
This circuit will take you across the western portion of the United States, on the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery. This circuit will begin at the beginning, near St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, and pass through the Continental Divide to reach the Pacific coast at Astoria, Oregon. Along the way you will visit many museums and historic sites dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There will be many opportunities for kayaking, bicycling and hiking. The scenery and photographic moments will be endless. And then you will arrive at Fort Clatsop, in Astoria, Oregon, which was constructed for shelter and protection and to officially establish the American presence in that region with an American flag flying over the fort. Tom Voyles, one of the long time WINers, has suggested reading the book “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose. This circuit will take you over the miles the Corps of Discovery covered from St. Louis, Missouri to Astoria, Oregon.
Visit Camp River Dubois at Lewis and Clark Illinois State Historic Site at Hartford, IL, and take the ferry across the Missouri River. Visit St Charles, MO. Hike or bike the Katy Trail along the Missouri River (The Katy Bike and walking trail starts along the Missouri at St Charles and follows the river to Boonville, MO). Visit Weldon Springs Conservation area to hike, bike and on to wine country for lunch in Augusta at brewery by Katy Trail and stop by Defiance, MO to see Daniel Boone Home and other 19th century buildings on return. Visit the Gateway to the West. Take a ride up in the Arch and look out over the city. Many attractions are FREE, including Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch, St Louis Zoo, History, Science and Art Centers, Cahokia Indian Mounds State Historic Site and tours of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Grant’s Farm.
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, 800 Guy Park Drive, Wildwood, MO 63005; 636-458-3813;
From Wildwood, MO go north on Hwy 109. Turn left on Babler Park Dr. Turn left into Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.
$23/elec, $13/basic; dump station and water; no arrival before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday
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Gwendolyn Toney, 707-477- 3429
We will visit quaint Rocheport, a wine garden high atop the bluffs, and hike or bike the Katy trail where it winds between the mighty Missouri River and towering bluffs and through a RR tunnel (Bike Rentals available here). Visit Boone’s Lick and follow a wooded trail that leads to salt springs where Boone’s sons manufactured salt. Van Meter SP has “old fort” trails and boardwalk trail through a wetland area. Visit Boonville riverfront area, Katy Depot, and Arrow Rock State Historic Site. Visit Jefferson City Landing and Clark’s Hill at Norton State Historic Site and take short hike to view area.
Elks Lodge #513, 901 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City (573) 636-9533, $10/night donation.
From US-50 W take the Eastland Drive exit, turn left onto Eastland Dr for 2.3 miles. There is only one electrical hookup, but they have plenty of area for dry camping, upper and lower lots. Thursday evening when you arrive, the Elks will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner for $8. They also have a very nice Friday night menu that is reasonably priced - and DANCING on Saturday evening from 4-7 with a live band. If possible, the coordinator or host of this site should call the Club Manager, Barb at (573) 636-9533, the day before arrival, with an approximate number of campers and an approximate number for the fried chicken dinner.
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This is a city of many fountains, sculptures and is famous for Kansas City Barbecue and Steak. Visit Fort Osage a Trading Post built in 1808, the River Market Area, the Arabia Steamboat Museum (a ship found in a corn field), and Independence, MO home of Harry Truman and the National Frontier Trails Museum. There is an American Jazz Museum and Harley Davidson Tour. Visit Lewis and Clark State Park, Weston Bend, Independence Creek, and Atchison, KS birthplace of Amelia Earhart (trolley tour and museum here).
Dry camp at AMERISTAR CASINO located at I-435 and Hwy 210 on Missouri River, 3200 N. Ameristar Drive, Kansas City MO. (816) 414-7000
Possible RV Dump Site near I-435 and Front Street.
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Elaine Grabin, phone (970) 817-3763
This is where the West started getting wild. The Pony Express started here to the Pacific and Jesse James ended here. Glore Psychiatric (most unusual) Museum is here, visit Riverfront Park to hike and bike and the Stetson Hat Factory Outlet. Visit Big Lake St Park, and Oxbow Lake, Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge and take auto tour and hike. Some kayaking possible on the Missouri River or Big Lake.
Dry camp at ST JO FRONTIER CASINO, 777 Winners Circle, Saint Joseph, MO. (816) 279-5514
From I-29 N take I-229 N exit to Highland Ave exit 7. Turn left on Highland. Turn right on McArthur to RV and Truck parking in NE corner of lot. RV Dump Site at Love’s Truck Stop off I-29 at exit 44 and US 169 NW corner.
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Elaine Grabin, phone (970) 817-3763
Explore Nebraska: Brownville—Auburn – Nebraska City: Indian Cave State Park, Brownville State Recreation Area. Take the Spirit of Brownville boat ride. Visit the Missouri River Rat Hall of Fame, and the Arbor Lodge. Go antiquing, have an Indian dinner, and catch the latest production at the Brownville Village Theater.
Dry camp at Meriwether Lewis Dredge and Missouri River History Museum Recreation Area. (402) 825-3341
In MO, take the I-229 N/US-59 N to the I-29 N to US-136 W in Rock Port. Take exit 110 from I-29 N and follow US-136 W to E Allen St in Brownville to 164 E Allen St. Park in the large lot west of the boat.
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The Lewis & Clark Landing is a 23-acre site that provides a variety of options to relax and enjoy the Missouri River, outdoor concerts and festivals. See Lewis & Clark interpretive exhibits, the Omaha Firefighter’s Memorial Monument and the second largest labor monument in the United States; take the circular stairway or ramp to the river-level plaza with umbrella tables and chairs and marina; use the riverfront walk to visit the National Park Service Regional Headquarters and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Also visit Council Bluffs, Ft. Atkinson, Ft. Calhoun, the Lewis and Clark State Park, and the keelboat replica, Henry Dorley Zoo, Joslyn Art Museum, Ak-Sar-Ben horse racing, Mormon winter headquarters, Rails West RR Museum, Wabash Trace Nature Trail.
Camp at N.P. Dodge Park, 11001 John J. Pershing Drive, Omaha, NE. Electricity and dump, but no water. Electric sites are $17/night, non-electric $12/night. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Sites 1-21 and 45-51 are first come, first served. Sites 22-44 can be reserved online only at webtrac.cityofomaha.org. (402) 444-5920
From the Brownville/Auburn, NE area, take Hwy 75 north into Omaha, passing across I-480. Continue north on Hwy 75 and exit right on McKinley Street (Hwy 36). Take McKinley east and then turn left on John J. Pershing Rd. Take Pershing Rd. north to Dodge Park Road. Turn right on Dodge Park Rd. which leads into the park.
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Walk or bike across the Missouri River on the Meridian Highway Bridge. Visit the Gavin’s Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, and hike the 1.2 mile trail winding through woods, across meadows and past scenic overlooks. Visit the Walnut Tavern aka The Dead Animal Bar. Riverside Park is a great location for early morning photos, only a block from downtown and is well laid out for walking. Another downtown business to visit is The Icehouse, where you smash your beer bottles – but make sure you break it or you may be buying the round! Visit the Dakota Territorial Museum to learn the history of Yankton, which was the original capital of the Dakota Territory. There is also a replica of the capitol building. Take a tour of the Cramer-Kenyon Home, a well preserved Victorian era house. Play laser tag at the Laser Barn. Visit the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center and hike the .7 mile nature trail, as well as many other trails in the Yankton area. Fantle Memorial Park is 18.5 acres with walking trails and a public pool. Ride your bike on the Highway 52 Trail, 3.14 miles between Yankton and Lewis & Clark Lake. Kayak Lake Yankton, Lewis & Clark Lake and the Missouri National Recreational River (a National Park).
Camp at Cottonwood Campground at Gavin’s Point Project COE park. $16/night; $8/night with Golden Age Pass. Sites on the water are $2 higher. (402) 667-2546 First come, first served.
Take NE Hwy 81 north to Yankton, SD. Go 4 miles west of Yankton on SD Hwy 52, then south on Dam Toe Road and follow signs to Cottonwood campground. We will try to camp in sites 46-76 area.
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Visit the state capitol and take a self-guided tour. Tour the Cultural Heritage Center, a museum built into the side of a hill. Feed the geese and fish at the Flaming Fountain, a memorial dedicated to military personnel. Take the tour of the Oahe Dam, and enjoy the views of the dam and surrounding waters. Visit the Fighting Stallions Memorial to a former South Dakota governor, and the Trail of Governors with 19 life size bronze statues of the former governors of South Dakota. Take a nature walk, bike ride, or bird watch on La Framboise Island. Other museums to visit are the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum and the South Dakota National Guard Museum. Walk along the Missouri River at Grifin Park. Sample local fare at the St. Charles Lounge, the Bill of Rights Brewery and the Long Branch.
Griffin Park 222 E Dakota Ave, Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 773-7445
After crossing the bridge into Pierre on Hwys 14/83, turn right on Crow and left on Dakota. Griffin Park will be on your right along the Missouri River. Limited hookups $16 and boondocking free. Dump station on-site. Overflow parking in nearby city lot.
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Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park built in 1895, home to the On-A-Slant Indian Village and reconstructed military buildings including the Custer house. The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic site, established in 1974, preserves the historic and archaeological remnants of the Northern Plains Indians. Visit the state capitol and museum, and take a tour with a guide or self-guided. Spend a day at the Dakota Zoo. Kayak the Missouri River. Be a kid at the Superslide Amusement Park. Tour the Former Governor’s Mansion. Bike around Keelboat Park and see the type of boat Lewis & Clark used.
Elks Lodge #1199, 900 S. Washington St. (701) 255-1199
RV parking is available in the large Lodge parking lot. No hookups are available.
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View bison, elk and prairie dogs as well as the Elkhorn Ranch Site (South Unit) and the badlands. Visit a prairie dog town in Medora. Hiking and kayaking on the Little Missouri, if the water level permits. Visit the Maltese Cross Cabin where Theodore Roosevelt once lived; and take the scenic loop drive. Attend Ranger Talks and Ranger led hikes.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit, Juniper Campground
Follow Hwy 85 to the North Unit of the Nat’l Park, then 6 miles west on park road to Juniper CG. Boondock $14/night, $7 with Golden Age Pass. Dump station and water.
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All aboard – Montana’s Charlie Russell Chew Choo – a 56 mile round trip sight-seeing and dinner journey, available on scheduled weekends. For information call the Lewistown area Chamber of Commerce at (406) 535-5436. Tour the Central Montana Historical Museum and the Hutterite King Colony Ranch. Visit the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the Lewistown Art Center and tour the historic downtown area.
Fergus County Fairgrounds, 1000 U.S. 191, Lewistown, MT. (406) 535-8841
On Hwy 87/Main St. turn right onto 1st Ave. Continue on to the yellow blinking light—Hwy 191 turn right and go 1 mile to the Fairgrounds. Electricity, showers, dump, water, $.
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Visit the Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Walk around Giant Springs State Park. Visit the C.M. Russell Museum. Hike or bike the River’s Edge Trail. Visit the Ryan Dam, Great Falls of the Missouri. Tour the Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum, the History Museum to catch a glimpse into Montana’s past, the Ursuline Centre and St. Ann Cathedral, and the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Bird watch at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Kayak on the Dearborn River. Hike to Sacagewa Springs. Visit the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Super Walmart, 701 Smelter Ave. NE, Great Falls, MT
Sightseeing throughout the park. This is an opportunity to see Grizzly Bears, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Marmots, Columbia Ground Squirrels and maybe an elusive Moose. The rivers and lakes are spectacular. Not to mention the glaciers, of course! Travel to Whitefish to souvenir shop, ride the zip line or barrel down the slope in a sled. There is dancing in Columbia Falls and other locations around the area. Walk the downtown area of Kalispell for some great Montana history, good food, great coffee, and the best ice cream ever! Father’s Day - June 17.
Parking will be at Emery Group Campground (FS). (406) 387-3800 (This parking location may or may not work depending on the size of the group. It is a first come first serve and they normally don’t take reservations. It is suggested that the host call them early on in the circuit to make arrangements. There are several other campgrounds in this area – or in Kalispell there is an Elks Lodge or the Flathead County Fairgrounds.) (As soon as any information is updated a Wins e-mail alert will be sent out.)
Take 89 N to Browning. Turn W. on Hwy 2 to Martin City. Take the road S to East Hungry Horse Dam, approx. 6 miles to Emery Campground. $14/night, $7/night with Golden Age Pass.
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Soak in the Lolo Hot Springs. Visit the Travelers Rest State Park along the banks of Lolo Creek. Visit the Lolo Pass Visitor Center for hiking and presentations/demonstrations. Kayak on the Bitterroot River. Ride a horse at Hildalgo Trail rides. Lolo is located in a tiny mountain valley so it should be cool. Missoula has an incredible Farmers’ Market that is a must do. There is also a carousel, the Aerial Fire Depot and the Smokejumper Center that you can’t miss. Missoula is also home to the Osprey, an AAA baseball team, whose games are very fun to attend. Participate in the Fourth of July activities in Missoula.
The Jack Saloon, 7000 Graves Creek Road, Lolo, MT (406) 273-6264
Come full/empty. Dump, water, propane at Centex gas station in Missoula about 2 blocks south of Exit 101 on I-90 (Reserve St./Hwy 93). Then you can continue south on Reserve for a couple miles, turn right on Brooks, and continue to town of Lolo. Take Highway 12 at Lolo and drive west (toward Idaho) to MM 15+. Turn right (north) onto Graves Creek Rd. This is a narrow, dirt road and from Lolo you will be turning right onto it, so go slow and watch for WIN sign. The Jack Saloon is 2.1 miles up this road. $40/week.
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The two lane road between Lolo Pass and Lewiston is 173 miles and should be driven slowly to enjoy. It includes a 71-mile stretch of constant curves alongside the Lochsa, Selway and Clearwater Rivers. This drive may include a stop in Kamiah, ID where Jeanne Walters lives. Information will be updated as soon as possible.
Nez Perce Visitors Center, hike Hells Gate State Park, tour the Discovery Center, hike the pathways along the Snake River, take a walking tour of the amazing artworks in downtown Lewiston, and along the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, kayak the Clearwater River, take a Hells Canyon jet boat ride-RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
Nez Perce County Fairgrounds, 1229 Burrell Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501. (208) 743-3302 This campground has been reserved. They are renting us the entire space, with a stage area to have meetings, electricity, water, free dump, and showers for a price of $238.50 per night. If there are at least 10 campers - well you do the math. We are to collect all fees and turn them in on Monday, the 9th. The office opens at 8 a.m. This is a very nice campground with shade if you want it and grass underfoot. If the coordinator and/or host find a different location for this gathering, the Fairgrounds needs to be contacted by July 6 to cancel.
From US 12, turn south on 21st Street. 21st Street will proceed uphill and become Thain Grade and then Thain Road. Proceed southeasterly to Burrell Avenue and turn east.
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Visit the Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia; for information pertaining to the Corps of Discovery and their reception by the Native Americans in 1805. Take a walk or bicycle ride around Howard Amon Park. Tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Ride the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Visit Columbia Park. Hike Badger Mountain. Tour the LIGO Hanford Observatory. Hike the Sacajawea Heritage Trail.
Hood (Corp Of Engineers) Park located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. From Hwy 124, near the jct with Hwy 12, turn onto Hood Park Rd. 46 Regular RV/Tent sites, each site has fire pit/grill & picnic table, sites 3 -18 have 30 amp electric, Sites 2 & 19 - 69 have 50 amp electric, flush toilets, hot showers, telephone, playground, amphitheater, dumpsters, potable water spigots & dump station, Nature Trail, and Fish Ponds. Reservations are required. Make them early. To make reservations, please visit the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.recreation.gov or call toll free (877) 444-6777.
The weather may be hot at this time so electrical hook-ups will be greatly desired. There is a small overflow area for latecomers at approx $10/night (w/o electric).
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Tour the Maryhill Museum of Art and Stonehenge. Stop at Gunkel Orchards Fruit Stand in Goldendale, WA for the freshest fruit. Visit the Celilo Falls fishing area. Hike up Descutes River to “very considerable rapids”. Hike the Horsethief Butte Trail to view pictographs.
Parking at BLM, free. Watch for WIN signs
Leave I-84 at exit 109; turn north toward river. Turn left on Rockbeach Ln.
Dump station at Shell Gas Station on 1st St. and Sullivan Lane
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Bike over the mighty Columbia River on two different bridges in a round-trip trek along the water. Spot the elusive western finch and other native birds at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Over the bridge in Portland there is a Saturday Market, the Asian Gardens, Theater, a fountain tour, the Oregon Expo, Ikea, the Oregon Zoo, a beautiful Rose Garden, and Powell’s City of Books; all with easy access on the MAX train.
Elks Lodge 823 Campground, 11605 SE McGillivray Blvd.
Interstate 205 at Mill Plain exit. RV Parking & Hookups for current Elk Members, 15 Sites available with water and electric hookups, dry parking available, showers available in the Lodge. No dump station on site. $20 donation for RV with Hookups/$10 for dry parking.
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Fort Clatsop National Park offers guided kayak trips on the river, call (503) 861-4425 to make reservations and for more information. There are also interpretative events at the Fort; movies; a guided river walk; visitors center; and, surrounding area to learn how The Corps of Discovery lived in 1805-6. Fort Stevens: wreck of the Peter Iredale, beach walks, wild life viewing, WWII military installation, views of the mouth of the Columbia. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has the only items from The Corps of Discovery in this area; view of the mouth of the Columbia from the Washington side; north of Cape Disappointment is North Head Lighthouse open to public for tours; ship wreck. Seaside and Return of the Salt Makers: first person reenactment of the production of salt for The Corps of Discovery return trip. Astoria: farmers market on Sunday; Astoria Column; Columbia River Maritime Museum; Liberty Theater; Flavel House.
Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria. (503) 325-4600 $5 per night boondocking-room for about 40 rigs. Parking fee - $35 per night w/water and elect only. No dump. Recommended to have holding tanks empty and fresh water full. (This location has not been fully confirmed as yet. Information will be updated as soon as obtained.)
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