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 Lewis and Clark Trail "Re-live the Adventure"

Clark's Reconnaissance
August 19, 1805

Members of the Expedition climbed to higher ground east of the Salmon River and descended to the North Fork of the Salmon River, then west along the main Salmon.  Along the stream course, cascades and rapids made the river gorges impassable by boat, and the steep rock walls of the gorges prevented the establishment of a practical foot and horse trail.   

It was on this trip that Clark came to agree with his Indian guide that a trip down the Salmon would not be feasible. 

 The area is located off of US 93 at North Fork and serviced by the small community of Shoup. 

Idaho Map (PDF)


Map of the Area

A. Lemhi Pass/Continental Divide:  Lewis crossed the Continental Divide on August 12, 1805
Idaho view from Lemhi Pass << View from Lemhi Pass

B.  Cameahwait's Village ( Tendoy Field):  The village was located at two different places, both in present day Lemhi County, the first 7 miles north of Tendoy on the east bank of the Lemhi River.  The second location was about 3 miles to the south and upstream on the same bank of the Lemhi, both only accessible on foot.  Both sites are unmarked and are on private land.  The village was the base camp for the Clark group reconnaissance of the Salmon River.  They purchased food and horses for the trek across the Lolo Trail and recruited Old Toby as a guide for the Expedition.  It was here that Captain Clark gave ornithologists the first description of Clark's Nutcracker, a crow-sized bird with flashing back, white and gray coloration, still frequently seen in the area. 

C.  Salmon River Reconnaissance by Captain Clark 


Beaverhead Mountains, Bitterroot Range, Salmon, Idaho
Beaverhead Mountains, Bitterroot Range
,Salmon, Idaho

Looking into Idaho from Lemhi Pass (Ridge Road)
Lemhi Pass (Ridge Road)

Idaho side of Lemhi Pass
Lemhi Pass