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Northwest River Adventures

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Northwest River Adventures
3252 Waterfront Dr., White Bird, ID 83554

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Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Changes Name to Visit Lewis Clark Valley

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As part of a rebranding initiative, the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name of the organization to Visit Lewis Clark Valley.

“Over the past 14 years, the organization has grown from promoting tourism in Asotin County to the marketing organization for the entire valley,” said Visit Lewis Clark Valley President and CEO, Michelle Peters. “We have so many things to offer here, with the historical aspects, arts and culture,” said Peters. “There’s just so many things to do and when you say Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau people thought we just book boat tours and nothing else.” Visit Lewis Clark Valley is a call to action and identifies our location and it will be presented as such in everything we do.”

Although the logo and name change is slight, it reflects the mission of the organization: “…to attract visitors from around the world to experience the Lewis Clark Valley to support a positive economic impact.”

Visit Lewis Clark Valley is not the first such destination marketing organization to change its name. The practice has become widely accepted within the travel industry.

The change from Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau to Visit Lewis Clark Valley will come in phases. The revised name and logo has already begun to appear in print advertising. The complete branding transformation will coincide with the launch of the organization’s completely redesigned website in January 2015 (

The organization’s revised logo and branding initiative is being developed by Northwest Media Productions, a Lewiston-based firm who has worked with the organization since its inception. “The marketing message will continue to feature our main attraction, Hells Canyon, as well as the historical, cultural and abundance of outdoor recreational activities, many of which are available year round,” says Peters.

Visit Lewis Clark Valley produces an award-winning 34-page annual “official” visitor guide that is entirely funded through private advertising dollars. It is also deployed online at the organization’s website, Advertising is placed in regional and national travel magazines, regional newspapers, radio and television and via online and social media marketing initiatives. The 2012 advertising campaign created by Northwest Media received a First Place Award in the State of Idaho from the Idaho Travel Council.

Visit Lewis Clark Valley is a not-for-profit organization that enhances the local economy by marketing the valley, and the region, as a premier visitor destination in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho for cultural, historic and leisure activities, sports and recreation events and meeting and business travel.

Visit Lewis Clark Valley was formed in 2000, originally as Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau. In the 2007 Lewis Clark Valley Tourism Strategic Plan, one of the visions was a single marketing organization to promote tourism in the Valley and manage all visitor information services. The plan notes that, “cooperation among businesses, agencies, and nonprofit organizations fosters a highly effective marketing program that results in significant gains in visitation and tourism revenue. Funding to support tourism programming is stable. Public policy supports sustainable tourism development. Private, public, tribal and nonprofit partners work together to plan, fund and implement tourism initiatives.” Creating one valley-wide tourism marketing entity has quadrupled the annual budget for tourism marketing. Funding sources include City of Clarkston, Asotin County, City of Lewiston and the Idaho Travel Council Grant.

Tourism generates nearly $40 million annually for the local economy. Each visitor is estimated to spend an average of $197 each day. The leisure and hospitality sector employs 10-12.5 percent of the total jobs available in Asotin and Nez Perce counties.

The Visit Lewis Clark Valley business office and Visitor Information Center is located at 847 Port Way in Clarkston, WA 99403.  The organization also operates a Visitor Information Center at the Lewiston Community Center, 1422 Main Street in Lewiston.  For more information, call 509.758.7489 or visit

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Mountain River Outfitters

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411 N. Main
Riggins, Idaho 83549

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Fishing for Chinook Salmon and Fall Steelhead Near the Lewis-Clark Valley

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Is your mind reeling with dreams of steelhead and Chinook salmon fishing on the Snake and Clearwater rivers in the Lewis-Clark Valley near Hells Canyon?

Well get ready, because September is just around the corner and it’s bringing the fall run with it!

First things first, though. Fishing around Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington means two sets of rules and regs depending on which waters you’ve got your line in. Learn all you need to know from Idaho Fish and Game and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

If you’re an angler that’s looking forward to hitting the rivers on your own, be sure to check through our Fisherman’s Specials for a great deal on a room while you’re here.

Now, if you’d rather sit back, relax and let a guide take care of the details and the tackle so you can focus on the catch, here’s a list of licensed guides and outfitters in good standing with Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau. Choose one that fits your personality and needs.

For those who like a little (or a lot) of competition with their fishing, the Lewis-Clark Valley offers up $10,000 in cash and prizes during the 7-day Clearwater-Snake Steelhead Derby in November. Fisherman of every age come from all over the United States to fish in what is now the largest steelhead derby in the nation.

Well. that’s the scoop! When can we expect you?

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

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Summertime Family Fun In The Lewis-Clark Valley

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Summer. What starts as a long stretch of warm sunny days reaching far into the future winds to a close far too fast. If you’re looking for a quick getaway that  will give you and your kids some quality time before school starts back up, read on!

We’ve got a weekend plan full of fun and adventure that’s going to give your family a summer to remember.

Get your little ones out on the links at Gateway Golf Center. The 18 hole, miniature golf course is kid-friendly, sits right on the Snake River and promises an hour or two of real play on real grass.

Next, dip into a little good clean fun at the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center for a bit of splashing under the sun. Small swimmers will love the Lazy River and the shallow Adventure Pool, older kids will have a great time on the high-speed water slides and wave pool, and everyone will love the water feature toys!

Whew! It’s probably time for dinner and what’s better than pizza? How about watching your pizza being made?! Fazarri’s Finest Pizza has family style seating and a great viewing window where kids can watch their dough being tossed, sauced, sliced and served.

Instead of a bed time story, grab a blanket or low chairs and head to Pioneer Park to watch a family film under the stars at Movies On The Wall. Showing this August you can catch Back To The Future, The Natural and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Admission is free and open to everyone so you’re guaranteed a seat.

So, what do you think? Grab a suitcase, some clothes and sunscreen and let us help you make some summertime memories.

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, CampgroundsHotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

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Snake River Lewis-Clark Valley Road Trip

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When was the last time you packed up the car and went for an old school road trip? If you had to think about that for more than 5 seconds, it’s been too long. Let’s get you on the road this summer!

I’m a firm believer that the art of the road trip is governed by food so my first suggestion is to pack a picnic lunch. Think finger foods or sandwiches, some chips, pickles and a blanket with a thermos of lemonade. For down time in the car, you’ll want some distractions if there are kids riding with you; Bellhop has a great set of printable Road Bingo cards and we also found some instructions for Cat’s Cradle.

All packed? Buckle up and let’s go!

Start at the foot of the Lewiston Hill on Hwy 95 where you’ll find Two Nations Meet On the Kooskie River by David Govedare & Keith Powell, a metal sculpture installation that can be viewed from the road as you drive by. There’s a scenic lookout 3/4 of the way up the hill with a spectacular view of the Lewis-Clark Valley; it’s a good spot for a photo.

Just before the summit, you’ll see the turn off for the Old Spiral Highway. This part of the drive will require some close attention but it’s worth the effort. Interesting fact:  Charlie Ryan’s Hot Rod Lincoln was written about his hot rod race up this very same highway – can you imagine someone doing that?!

Coming to the bottom of the spiral, you’re in for a leisurely 55 mile drive along the Snake River to Lower Granite Dam for a picnic lunch. If you’re lucky, you can watch the locks empty – it’s impressive. After lunch, spend some time in the Visitor Center and be sure to check out the fish viewing window for a good look at trout, bass, steelhead and Chinook salmon.

Leaving the dam and 72 miles further along the road is Palouse Falls and a short hike to see 198′ of falling white water. Hop back in the car and head back to the Lewis-Clark Valley. The drive takes you over the oldest extant steel cantilevered bridge in the State of Washington, 1000′ long The Snake River Bridge.

You’ve got to be hungry again, right? Coming back to Clarkston, turn into the 410 Drive In for a genuine drive-in experience – they’ve been in business since 1955 and definitely know their way around a burger and shake.

At the end of a big day, you’re going to want good night’s sleep. In keeping with the retro-road trip theme, we suggest a night at the Motel 6 because … they’ll leave the light on.

Average drive time for this round trip is 5 hours. Google Directions and Lite Map, MapQuest Travel Journal.

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, CampgroundsHotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

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Races, Runs and Fun in the Lewis-Clark Valley | Summer and Fall 2013

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5K Fun Runs, Half Marathons, Marathons, Duathlons, Triathlons …. why do you race? Is it to keep in shape? Maybe it’s a social thing you do with friends? How about the great t-shirts? (Ahem, the author raises her hand for this last choice.)

Really, it doesn’t matter why you race. What matters is that you do race and that we have some great events on the run calendar.  The Lewis-Clark Valley provides a beautiful scenic backdrop for a number of races each year – here’s a few of our favorites:

Part of the fun of running is a good carb-load. If you’re hunting for pasta, look no further than Tomato Bros. for Spaghetti Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfreda or Spaghetti Marinara – all available as gluten free entrees, too!

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, Campgrounds, Hotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

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Downtown Lewiston Culinary Tour and A Side Of Public Art

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The Lewis-Clark Valley has some incredibly great places to eat. There are long -standing legendary specialties and we’ve noted a few up and coming favorites that are quickly making a name for themselves:

  • Breakfast and Coffee at Blue Lantern Coffee House, located at 326 Main Street in the historic Commercial Trust Bank building.The owner can often be found behind the counter serving up locally roasted Landgrove Coffee, pacific northwest beers and wines, and a selection of her freshly baked cookies and galettes – made with locally produced with Harvest Ridge Organics flours. We love the rhubarb galette with a lavender latte breve! The single pane curved glass window may be the best space in the valley for watching people and weather.About the historic building: The two-story, stone Commercial Trust Bank building has a raised basement story and was built by W. P. Hurlburt during a surge of downtown construction. The building’s unique classical façade, topped by a balustrade, has three massive red granite columns and a coffered, curved wood storefront on the first floor with Ionic pilasters and round-arched openings on its second story. The building housed the Commercial Trust Company bank until 1912 and the brass initials CTC can still be seen on the entryway floor. The building was restored in 2004 with upstairs apartments and main level retail space. (This text was adapted from the Beautiful Downtown Lewiston Walking Tour.)

  • Lunch and Sweetness at Simple Eats, located in Towne Square at 504 Main Street.Loved by locals for serving up consistently creative and deliciously simple foods that never disappoint, the two sisters behind the great food at Simple Eats serve everything up with a smile and thank you for coming in. Breakfasts and lunches with freshly prepared soups are a big hit but the dessert case is a highlight and clears out quickly each day; make sure you get a homemade whoopie pie first thing! We are big fans of the Eggs Benedict Cups and the Thai inspired PB&J Burger.

In between these spots, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston has overseen the installation of imaginative benches, bicycle racks and wildlife sculptures along the Fifth Street intersections of Main and D streets. So plan a culinary walking tour of Lewiston – there’s lots to see and taste! You can get a map of this tour on Google or MapQuest and we have some great hotel specials waiting.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of the favorite parts of your getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

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River Quest Excursions

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4203 Snake River Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501

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Snake Dancer Excursions

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1550 Port Drive Ste B
Clarkston, WA 99403

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