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Idaho's Only Seaport

The City of Lewiston, Idaho (home to the Port of Lewiston) is located 465 river miles inland, at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers and adjacent to Clarkston, Washington. The cities were named to honor the encampment of Lewis and Clark during their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.

Today, Lewiston and Clarkston are known as the gateway to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The Snake River created Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. You can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the canyon on one of the region’s regular boat tours, experience the thrill of whitewater rafting or jet boating, or view the myriad of wildlife, geological and historical sites along the canyon walls and shores of this national destination.

Lewiston and Clarkston are the regional commercial center for north central Idaho, eastern Oregon and southeast Washington. Both communities offer their own state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, public school districts, hotel/convention facilities, industrial sites, shopping districts and full public services. Additionally, there is one state college and one community college locally, and two universities within a 45-minute drive.

Known as the “Banana Belt of the Pacific Northwest,” the mild weather in the Valley offers extensive year-round outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, strolling the miles of riverfront levee pathways, beaches, RV and waterfront parks, wineries and ongoing planned community events.

Inland Cruise Boats

Cruise boat demand has steadily increased over the last ten years and represents a growing market in the region. Each summer, thousands of passengers are enjoying the Columbia and Snake River via cruise vessels which travel the 325 river miles between Vancouver and Clarkston, WA. Over 18,000 passengers visited in 2017 and contributed over $15 million to communities along the two rivers.

 

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