The Corps was unable to find enough food along the Lolo Trail, so by the time they got here, they were starving. At their first meal with the Nez Perce, they ate so much of the rich salmon and camas root that they were sick for days. Even in their weakened state and slowed by hot weather, they still managed to carve five canoes in twelve days.
As the Corps left for their journey to the Pacific, they cached their saddles and gear and left their horses here in the care of the Nez Perce until their return in the spring.
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Visit Canoe Camp
The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery worked with the Nez Perce to carve canoes for the Corps' journey to the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
Last updated: November 5, 2022