Gateway to Hells Canyon – Your adventure is waiting!
Welcome to the beautiful Lewis-Clark Valley – the site of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. The history of the Lewis-Clark Valley is rich with traditions and stories. For centuries the area has been home to the Nez Perce Indians, who traveled through the valley and lived off the land and rivers. In 1805, the Corps of Discovery explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, were welcomed by the native people. That historical meeting led to the naming of our sister cities in honor of the explorers… Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington.
When the Idaho Territory was established in 1863, Lewiston, Idaho’s oldest city, became the capital. Over time the Idaho state seat of government was moved to Boise, however the Lewis-Clark Valley grew and prospered as the home to miners, merchants, railroaders, millworkers and farmers. Located 465 miles from the Pacific Ocean at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, water transportation played a vital role in the growth of the area.
Today, the cities of Lewiston, Clarkston and Asotin are referred to as the gateway to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. Recreational opportunities for jet boating, white-water rafting, swimming, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping are limitless. Miles of levee pathways follow the rivers for walking, jogging and biking. The area is often referred to as the “Banana Belt” of the Pacific Northwest due to the mild winter climate that allows for year-round golfing, while being only a short drive away from snow skiing and snowmobiling. The Lewis-Clark Valley is a recreational paradise teeming with history and natural beauty.
Check out the Lewis Clark Valley Visitor Guide!