Clark's Dismal Nitch
Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Park
Just W of Megler Rest Area, Hwy 401 E of Hwy 101 bridge
On November 10, 1805, a strong winter storm stalled the Lewis & Clark Expedition for six days at small, rugged cove along the Columbia River only a few miles from its Pacific Coast destination. Captain William Clark referred to that spot as "that dismal little nitch".
Today, Clark's Dismal Nitch is located just to the west of a comfortable rest area along Highway 101. The rest area has signs that provide information about the Expedition's stay in the area, and offers nice views of the Columbia River.
Dismal Nitch (W11A0286)
The rest area at Dismal Nitch features views along the Columbia River, including this one of Astoria, Oregon.
Lewis & Clark National and State Historical Park includes a number of other affiliated sites nearby in Oregon and Washington including the following:
- Fort Columbia State Park, Chinook, Washington
- Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond, Oregon
- Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco, Washington
- Station Camp, Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Park, Chinook, Washington
- Fort Clatsop, Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Park, Naselle, Washington
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco, Washington
- Marsh's Free Museum, Long Beach, Washington
- Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon