Tongue Point

Come join us for a rare opportunity to step foot on the same beach William Clark and others camped on while Lewis was selecting the future site of their winter quarters at Ft. Clatsop. This is an exciting chance to visit Tongue Point, or “Point William”, as the expedition called it, which is on federally secured land and is not open to the public. Captain Bruce Jones, recently retired Coast Guard commander of sector Astoria will meet us at the security gate at Tongue Pt. where he, Tom Wilson, Mark Johnson and others will share the research that they and others have done. We will discuss the amazing history of Tongue Point beginning with native American history, its Ft. George connection, and its current use. We will also discuss our chapter's plans for new historical interpretation.

We will walk the beach and quite possibly see the same “butifull pebble of various Colours” that Clark described in his journals.

Feel free to come earlier to the Astoria area and explore on your own the many historical opportunities it has to offer, as well as SHOPPING!

For the Explore More event:
  • Meet at 1:30 pm at the security gate leading into the Tongue Point Job Corps (turn just east of the Crest Motel, a bit east of Astoria)
  • Bring sturdy shoes, we will walk on uneven terrain.
  • Expect to be out in the weather for 2 hours.

Please RSVP Tom Wilson, 503-325-6284 ( if you are planning to attend, he needs to give numbers in advance to Capt. Jones to allow for security planning.

Note — Board members will also have a meeting at Ft. Clatsop at 11:00am the same morning.

Annual Lewis & Clark Paddle Event

Longtime chapter member Margaret
Miller rallies paddlers at the SkamakowaVista
Park put-in on the Lower Columbia.
See the Columbia River as Lewis and Clark saw it. Margaret Miller and I will lead our annual Lewis and Clark paddle trip on Saturday, June 28th, and we would like you to join us.

We will be paddling the same route as in years past, following the incoming tide

Columbia River & Sloughs, from Skamokawa to Cathlamet

We’ll paddle past two Wahkiakum Villages and note where Lewis and Clark did some trading.

If you are interested, please contact one of us to RSVP no later than Tues. June. 24th.



Paddlers will need to pack a lunch, water, and sunscreen. And, of course, you must wear a PFD (personal floatation device).
You will also need to bring:
  • $1.00 launch fee to box at Skamokawa Vista Park.
  • $2.00 take-out fee to be collected by Mark for Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet.

Here is our time table:

  • 9:30 AM - Meet Mark at the YMCA in Longview to caravan to Cathlamet
  • 10:30 AM - Meet Margaret at Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet to drop extra vehicles, sign waivers, discuss float plan, then travel to Skamokawa
  • 11:30 AM - Start paddling from Skamokawa
  • 12:30 PM - Lunch at Hornstra Beach
  • about 2 PM - Arrive Elochoman Slough Marina

Refreshments and social time at Margaret’s house following paddle trip.

Note that we are not supplying boats so you must bring your own boat (canoe or kayak).
If you do not have a boat, you may be able to rent one at one of Alder Creek's locations (
If you are planning to rent a boat, please arrange it in advance, and be sure you can transport it.

The Discoverers Movie Q&A

Lewis & Clark inspired film + Q/A with director Justin Schwartz

Come see the Lewis and Clark themed, Oregon-filmed movie, The Discoverers starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Griffin Dunne at the Regal Fox Tower in downtown Portland on June 20. Meet writer/director Justin Schwarz and producer Laura Kleger for a Q&A opening night after the 7pm show.

The New York Times named The Discoverers a Critics’ Pick and the Journal of Early America's called it, Witty and warm... where Little Miss Sunshine meets the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. The Village Voice praised the gorgeous Pacific Northwest cinematography and Vanity Fair dubbed the award-winning film, “smart, canny, and sweet… full of grace notes and small surprises.”

Tickets & trailer:

The Discoverers is a bittersweet comedy about a family forced on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek who discover themselves and each other as they make their own passage across America.

Learn more:


Chief Snider

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chief Snider. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held this Sunday, Dec. 15, at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. The address is 13801 SE Webster Road, Milwaukie, OR 97267, just off Hwy. 224, (Milwaukie Expressway), and 1/2 mile west of Hwy. 205. [map]

All Tribal members are encouraged to bring drums.

Parking is a premium so arrive early. The family welcomes anyone who would like to join in remembering Chief.

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Susan Glen, US Coast Guard Air Station and Group Astoria – 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Albert Furtwangler, Reading the West—and Surviving There: Explorers, Traders, and Missionaries at the Mouth of the Columbia, 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Junius Rochester, Lewis’ Traveling Library– 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

Hometown Tourism Day and National Public Lands Day

Free admission

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Frank Help, Cold Weather Survival; a Way of Life – 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

Seaport Celebration

A FREE event with rare access to Captain William Clark's (recently located) 1806 Portland campsite.  The 2013 Seaport Celebration will have FREE parking and admission at the Port of Portland's Terminal 4 in the St. Johns neighborhood. Check out the entertainment, food, art, kid's stuff, $5 jet boat rides, restrictions (bring a photo I.D.).

CLICK HERE for Directions.

Volunteers are needed for a special mission.  The Oregon Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will be joined at an adjacent display table by the Friends of Baltimore Woods, a St. Johns group working to acquire a natural viewpoint overlooking the campsite.  If you can help out at the booth for a shift at either 10 AM or 1 PM you'll have the most fun, so e-mail Steven McClure at to let us know. Re-enactors welcome (but no guns — sorry, Homeland Security rules). Please come even if you can't help at the booth.
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