Lewis & Clark Trail State Park
Driving down Highway 12, through the rolling dune-colored fields of southeastern Washington, you see a stand of green up ahead. It's not a mirage. It's Lewis and Clark Trail State Park.
A lush oasis on an arid landscape, this park beckons to weary travelers. Pull off the road, set up your tent or RV and prepare to relax. Amble down the shaded trails for a wade or dip in the Touchet River; identify long-needled ponderosa pine, alder, maple and cottonwood trees and do some birdwatching for common mergansers, red-tailed hawks and orange-crowned warblers, among others. Or catch a few fish for your evening meal.
Before you turn in for the night, consider that this was the spot where the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery camped in spring 1806, on their way home from their Pacific Coast odyssey.
Whether you're taking a quick stop or a longer retreat, you will leave refreshed and ready to beat the heat once again.
Lewis and Clark Trail State Park is a 36-acre camping park with 1,333 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Touchet River.
Picnic & day-use facilities
The park provides a kitchen shelter with electricity reservable by calling the park office at (509) 337-6457. The park offers 50 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served.
- 0.8 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
- Fishing (freshwater)
Other activities & features
- Ball field
- Bird watching
- Metal detecting
- Wildlife viewing
- Fishing for rainbow trout is excellent.
- A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- Printable park brochure (PDF).
The park has 24 standard campsites, which can fit RVs, including motor homes. They are available April 1 - October 31, and are reservable from May 15-September 15.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Two teepees are available on a first-come, first-served basis through Oct. 31. The teepees are 16 feet in diameter with a rubber mat ground cover and can sleep up to eight people each. No cooking or flames allowed inside the teepees. Pets are allowed inside the teepees but must be on leash at the site.
The park provides two group camps that accommodate approximately 50 people each. Group Camp 1 is tent only, Group Camp 2 may accommodate tents or limited RVs. No hookups are available. Fees vary with size of the group. Call the park at (509) 337-6457 to reserve a group camp..
Reservations & fees
Services & supplies
Supplies are available in Waitsburg and Dayton Monday through Saturday afternoons all year. Saturday afternoons and Sundays may require a visit to Walla Walla, 25 miles south, for supplies other than food and fuel.