Local Attractions

Hunting reaches back to the beginnings of humankind.

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington have very mild climates due to their low elevations above sea level. Spring comes early to the LC Valley, summer is long and warm, autumn is a delightful time of year, and winter normally brings little snowfall. Total precipitation during the year averages only 13 inches.

The confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers marks the boundary between Washington and Idaho, and these rivers offer outstanding recreation, including some of the best steelhead and salmon fishing in the U.S.. The Snake River also leads from the L-C Valley into the depths of Hells Canyon, one of the deepest gorge in North America. Exciting jet boat trips into Hells Canyon are offered by several outfitters in the Lewiston-Clarkston area. Hells Canyon is also home to the nation's largest population of bighorn sheep. BIG HORN SHEEP IN HELLS CANYON


World Class elk hunting is also close at hand, in the heavily timbered mountains of Idaho's Clearwater National Forest.

Buffalo Eddy Petroglyphs
Buffalo Eddy Petroglyphs

The Lewis-Clark Valley, together with the surrounding mountains and prairies, are the traditional home of the Nez Perce people.

Petroglyphs, such as those shown here at Buffalo Eddy, are a reminder that ancient people hunted the hills and fished the waters of the Lewis-Clark Valley.

Buffalo Eddy can be reached by road on the Washington side of the Snake River

The headquarters of the Nez Perce National Historical Park is located at Spalding, Idaho, just one half hour from Lewiston. The park itself contains 38 sites, mostly in Idaho, encompassing the valleys, prairies, mountains and plateaus of the inland northwest that have been home to the Nez Perce people for thousands of years.


Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston

Chief Timothy Park in Clarkston

Granite Lake RV Resort in Clarkston

Other developed campgrounds are located in the vicinity of Lewiston and Clarkston and a large number of undeveloped sites can be found in the surrounding area.

Other Nearby Places of Interest

The Wolf Education & Research CenterWinchester, Idaho

Dworshak National Fish HatcheryOrofino, Idaho

Dworshak Dam & ReservoirOrofino, Idaho

Nez Perce National Historical ParkSpalding, Idaho

Lewis & Clark Expedition & Nez Perce Sites

Granite Lake Reservoir
Granite Lake Reservoir
Approaching Clarkston from the West Lower Granite Dam Website

  • 2 marinas including picnic areas with playgrounds, boat ramps, 27 miles of paved walking, biking, running trails
  • Commercial power boating, camping, fishing, rafting and hiking
  • 1,000+ lodging/rooms (includes Bed & Breakfasts and Canyon lodging)
  • 4 campgrounds and RV Parks
  • 2 National Parks, 5 State Parks, 100+ city parks
  • 8 Tennis Courts, 8 soccer fields, 3 swimming pools, 4 baseball fields, 7 softball fields, 3 bowling alleys, 2 movie theaters and one skateboard park
  • Golf courses: 2 Country Club golf courses, 2 public and one putting/driving range (18 hole/open all year)
  • 14 alpine and cross country ski areas within 150 miles
  • 70 retail stores
  • 80 restaurants
  • 3 museums and one civic theater
  • Nez Perce Tribe Casinos
Community Information:
  • Very mild climate, 736 feet above sea level with average high temperatures in January of 39.6 degrees and average high temperatures in July of 89.0 degrees
  • Average rainfall 13 inches annually
  • 220 Days of growing season
  • Furthest inland seaports (465 miles) within the United States
  • Area population approximately 50,160
  • Within 45 minutes of two universities and two colleges
  • City and county owned Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport conveniently located two miles south of downtown Lewiston
  • 2 Hospitals, 11 Professional Clinics, 24+ Dentists, 12+ Optometrists, 11 Rehab/Nursing facilities, 9 Retirement Centers

Helpful Links

City of Lewiston
Lewiston Chamber of Commerce
Clarkston Chamber of Commerce
Valley Vision
Nez Perce Tribe
Idaho Fish & Game
Washington Fish & Wildlife
Idaho State Parks & Rec
Rocky Mt Elk Foundation
Idaho Hunter Education Program
Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation