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Lewis and Clark Trail State Park (Day Use and Main Campground)
Campground Description: Operated by the State of Washington, this small park (37 acres) is anything but the crown jewel of the State of Washington's Park System. There are two parts to Lewis and Clark Trail State Park - day use (open year round) and the camping area. The day use area is available for primitive camping, however, the authors recommend only tents or truck mounted campers. The camping area located across the highway from the day use area is also primitive, at best. The camping area at Lewis and Clark Trail State Park is on or near the banks of the Touche River and fishing is available. The park is in need of upgrades. All roads are gravel. The park offers aging restroom facilities with flush toilets. Lewis and Clark Trail Park is located 4 miles East of Waitsburg, WA, on State Route 12 at milepost 362. The day use area at Lewis and Clark Trail State Park is open year round. The regular camping area is open April 1 until October.
Number of Sites: 17 in day use area - tents or truck mounted campers recommended only. 24 sites for vehicles up to 27 feet in the camping area.
Water: Yes, in summer, at central locations. Water in the day use area will not accept hose connections.
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes but only in camping area from April 1 until October
Directions: Highway 395/12 Southbound from the Tri-Cities - Drive South from the Tri-Cities on US Highway 12 for 3 miles. Immediately after crossing the Snake River, turn left onto State Route 124. Follow State Highway 124 for 39 miles to Waitsburg. State Highway 124 merges with US Highway 12 in downtown Waitsburg. Continue an additional 4 miles eastbound to milepost 362 on US Highway 12. US Highway 12 Northbound from Walla Walla - Drive North on US Highway 12 for 21 miles to Waitsburg. Continue an additional 4 miles eastbound to milepost 362 on US Highway 12. US Highway 12 Westbound from Lewiston, ID - Drive West on US Highway 12 for 74 miles to Dayton. Continue through Dayton on US Highway 12 for an additional 5.8 miles to milepost 362 on US Highway 12.
Fishing: Fishing on the Touche River at the campground. Fish for rainbow and brown trout.
Astronomy Opportunities: Good. Elevation is approximately 1400 feet. Views are limited by the park's abundance of trees. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 46.28709° North, 118.07245° West.
Nearby Golfing: Golf is available in Dayton (5.8 miles East) and in Walla Walla (21 miles South).
Dayton: Parks and Recreation Golf Course - 209 N Pine St, Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 382-4851
Walla Walla: Veterans Memorial Golf Course Veterans Memorial Golf
Contact Information: Lewis and Clark Trail State Park, 36149 Highway 12, Dayton, WA 99328 (509) 337-6457 On-line reservations
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Sign at the entrance to Lewis & Clark Trail State Park
Camping fees for Lewis and Clark Trail State Park
Map of the mail camping area at Lewis & Clark State Park
Restrooms at the day use area offer flush toilets but no showers
Typical tent site in the day use area at Lewis & Clark Trail State Park
The camping sites in the day use area are open year round, but quite small
Typical campsite in the main camping area
Restroom facilities in the main camping area
Camping sites in the main camping area are primitive
A public information poster depicting the history of the campground
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