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Lewis & Clark Discovery Greenway: Landing Sites Inventory

Location: Multnomah County, Oregon, and Clark County, Washington

In 1803, Congress appropriated $2,500 to fund a small expedition to explore the uncharted West. President Thomas Jefferson named the expedition the “Corps of Discovery.” It was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Two years and thousands of miles later, the Corps arrived in the area now known as the Willamette and Columbia River Valleys in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington. Nearly 200 years later, DEA created a master plan for the commemoration of several sites along the Lewis and Clark trail.

The project entailed an inventory and recommendations study of historic Lewis and Clark campsites on the Columbia and Willamette rivers in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington areas. The resulting 80-page plan included an inventory and analysis of the sites; evaluated opportunities and constraints; identified missing trail links; developed alternatives and related costs, recommended improvements, preliminary phasing and development costs; and developed a framework for the region to work together toward a common goal. When implemented, the plan will provide needed improvements on the 14 sites and improve access and way-finding by area roads, rivers, and trails.

Project Awards

  • 2003 Merit Award, ASLA, Oregon Chapter
Nearly 200 years after the Lewis and Clark Expedition, DEA created a master plan for the commemoration of several sites along the Lewis and Clark trail.

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