Stretch Your Legs at the Dismal Nitch Wayside

Bronze mural depicting the expedition's arrival at Dismal Nitch
Bronze Mural at Dismal Nitch by Gareth Curtiss
A fierce winter storm forced the Corps off the river Nov. 10 and pinned the group to a north shore cove consisting of little more than jagged rocks and steep hillside. Captain William Clark called the dreary spot “that dismal little nitch.” For six stormy days, the group was trapped by fierce wind and high waves at the rocky shoreline. For only the second time in the expedition, Clark said he was concerned for the safety of the Corps. “A feeling person would be distressed by our situation,” he wrote in wet misery, as the expedition became in danger of foundering just within a few miles of its destination — The Pacific Ocean. Finally, the storm broke and allowed the group to move on.


Great for all ages!

Please have pets on leash.

Price to visit this unit is included in the price of admission at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center. More information about fees and passes.

1.5 miles east of the Astoria Megler Bridge. 10 miles South of Naselle WA. 


12 miles from Lewis & Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center.

Accessibility Information

The bathrooms and paths at this unit are all weelchair accessible. 

Last updated: February 21, 2017