Interpretive and Visitor Centers • Lewis & Clark • North Head Lighthouse • Mt. St. Helens • Sacajawea • Dry Falls
In November of 1805, the U.S. Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery, led by
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, reached the mouth of the mighty Columbia River and the
Pacific Ocean at last. "Great joy in camp," Clark wrote in his journal, "we are in View of
the Ocian, this great Pacific Octean which we been So long anxious to See."
Today the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center stands high on the cliffs of Cape Disappointment
State Park, 200 feet above the pounding Pacific surf. A series of mural-sized "timeline"
panels guide visitors through the westward journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition using
sketches, paintings, photographs and the words of Corps members themselves. The center also features
a short film presentation, a gift shop and a glassed-in observation deck with fabulous
views of the river, headlands and sea. Additional displays focus on local maritime and
Hours of Operation
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is open year round. For specific seasonal operating
hours please call the park office at (360) 642-3029.
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.
At Cape Disappointment State Park, two miles southwest of Ilwaco.
Located off U.S. Highway 101, four miles southwest of Ilwaco at
the foot of the Long Beach Peninsula.
Cape Disappointment State Park
This 1,882-acre camping park on the popular Long Beach Peninsula has access to 27 miles of ocean
beaches, freshwater lakes, salt marshes, deep forest, two working lighthouses and seven
miles of hiking trails. In addition to reservable campsites,
Cape Disappointment offers
cabins, yurts and two
historic Lighthouse Keepers' Residences for overnight rental.
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