Nez Perce National Historical Park
PO Box 1000
Lapwai, ID 83540
WELCOME to Canoe Camp
These grounds have been inhabited for thousands of years by the
Nez Perce people, but are best known as the place where the Lewis
and Clark Corps Of Discovery worked with the Nez Perce to carve the
canoes that took them to the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
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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