Ranger Guided Activities

kayakers on Lewis and Clark river
Paddlers on the Lewis and Clark River

100 Paddles for 100 Years
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

100 Paddles for 100 Years is an opportunity for people to join in a human-powered water journey in honor of the centennial of the National Park Service. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is our local National Park and the public is invited to travel by water into the park, similar to how the Lewis and Clark Expedition members travelled during their winter here in 1805-06.

On the evening of Thursday, August 25, experienced kayakers will meet at the Astoria Recreation Center (former Astoria Yacht Club site by the Old Youngs Bay Bridge) for a 5:30 pm launch and group paddle across Youngs Bay into the Lewis and Clark River. Less experienced folks are encouraged to meet at Netul Landing at 5:30 pm and head downstream on the Lewis and Clark River. The two groups plan to meet at the park's "Otter Point" wetland restoration site and together they will paddle to Netul Landing where they will be served birthday cake. Participants need to bring their own kayak, canoe, paddleboard or any non-motorized watercraft and need to wear a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. Please call the park at (503) 861-4425 if you’d like to join the fun.

The National Park Service was founded on August 25, 1916. Admission to all National Park Service sites is free August 25-28 in honor of the NPS Centennial. Regular park hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day through Labor Day.

100 Paddles for 100 Years is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association which supports park education and interpretative activities at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

graphic of radio tower and space station

National Parks on the Air
September 2-4, 2016
The story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the countless people involved in this epic journey included communication challenges. Some of these involved physical distances, cultural differences, language barriers, or competing agendas. Technology has changed since 1806, but communication can still be challenging. Throughout 2016, the American Radio Relay League has been encouraging amateur (ham) radio operators to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by traveling to National Park sites to have radio conversations with people around the country and the world. This challenge is called National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is partnering with the Mouth of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club to provide some special radio opportunities for park visitors. As part of NPOTA, ham operators of this club will set up radio stations at the park’s Netul Landing site on the evening of Friday, September 2. These stations will be operating until Sunday afternoon, September 4. The public is invited to come to Netul Landing to learn about ham radio and even speak through a microphone in a radio conversation with someone a long distance away on Friday evening, September 2; all day Saturday, September 3; and Sunday morning, September 4.

Western Frontier to the Final Frontier

Like President Thomas Jefferson and Captain Meriwether Lewis, today’s astronauts have a curiosity for exploring beyond known frontiers. The International Space Station is a global partnership of 15 countries learning to work through differences in culture, language, politics, design, manufacturing, management, and operational styles. Some local students have been learning about the International Space Station (ISS) and, through a program called Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), are hoping to have a brief radio conversation with an ISS astronaut (Dr. Kathleen Rubins, Takuya Onishi, or Commander Jeffrey Williams) during the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event. ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. Since the call between the students and the space station depends on many factors, the date and time is not yet known. It is expected to take place sometime during the week of August 29-September 3, and most likely on September 3. This is the first NPOTA event that will include an ARISS program and it will take place at Netul Landing.


In the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center Theater:

  • "Clatsop Winter Story" 22 minute film
  • "Confluence of Time and Courage" 34 minute film

2016 Summer Programs

Kid Corps
Join us for crafts and stories Wednesdays, July 6 through August 31, 2016 anytime from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is geared for 3-8 year olds, but all ages are welcome.

Netul Trail Guided Walks
The 1 mile walk is offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from June 22 through September 5, 2016.

Guided Kayak-Canoe Tours
Tours are offered Thursday through Sunday, starting June 25 through September 4, 2016. Tours are free, but you must make a reservation, call (503) 861-4425.

Fort Ranger Programs
Daily program are from June 22 through September 5, 2016.
9:30 The Star Spangled Banner
10:30 Flintlocks: Tools of Survival
11:00 -1:00 Historical Demonstration
1:30 Flintlocks: Tools of Survival
2:00 – 4:00 Historical Demonstration
4:30 Flintlocks: Tools of Survival
5:30 The Star Spangled Banner

Cell Phone Audio Tours
Audio tours are available through your cell phone. Maps are available at the visitor center. (503) 207-2240

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road

Astoria, OR 97103


(503) 861-2471
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