The area in and around Kamiah offers many choices for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback or mule outfitting, hunting, bicycling and more. We provide the perfect gateway to exploring the nearby National Forests, or spending a relaxing day on a sandy river beach. Birds and wildlife are abundant in the area for watchers and photographers.
You will also find the calendar is filled with special events throughout the year.
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Historic Kamiah and Surrounding Area Attractions
Lewis and Clark Expedition Historical Sites - In 1803, one of America's greatest adventures began when President Thomas Jefferson won approval from Congress to fund an exploration of a river route to the far west. Jefferson selected 28 year old Army captain Meriwether Lewis as the leader for the expedition. Lewis chose an army comrade, William Clark to be his co-leader. During the winter of 1803-04, Lewis and Clark assembled the rest of their team and gathered supplies. On May 14th, 1804, Lewis and Clark began their historic journey west. As the Bicentennial of this historic event approaches, the exploits of Lewis and Clark and the lands they explored are once again in the public's interest.
During their return to the east, Lewis and Clark explored the Clearwater River Valley, and stayed in Kamiah for a month during the winter of 1806, waiting for the snow to melt enough so that they could continue. (Long Camp is only one mile from the lodge.) The areas around Kamiah are some of the best preserved areas of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Following are a few web sites that will help you learn more about the Lewis and Clark Trail.
- Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (National Park Service)
- Lewis and Clark Trail - Re-live the adventure
- Discovering Lewis and Clark
Oldest Church in Idaho (circa 1870) - East Kamiah on Highway 12 beyond RV Park. Burial site of the McBeth Sisters.
Nez Perce Indians - Heart of the Monster - A large rock formation prominent in Indian legends, located 2 miles east of Kamiah on Highway 12. Across from the Lewis & Clark Resort.
Kamiah Museum - Local area artifacts and history are available. 500 block of Main St., behind the Chamber of Commerce.
Other Interesting Places to See:
- Site Of Historic Mcbeth School, Mill and Blacksmith Shop
- Site of 1850 Wagon Road And Eight Ancient Native Buffalo Trails
- Site of Frontier/ Indian Wars
- Site of US Army General Howard Encampments, War Of 1877
- Site of First Bridge Over The Clearwater River
- Site of 1898 Articulating Bridge Over The Clearwater River
- Site of Wooly Mammoth Excavation
Gateway To National Forests, Wildlife And Sandy River Beaches
Historic Hearthstone Bakery And Tea House
Local Area Attractions
Hell's Gate Canyon - Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Hell's Gate Canyon can be viewed from the rim, or explored at river level on a jet boat tour. A large beach and day-use area with a canopy of shade trees and miles of hiking, biking, and horseback trails make the park a popular destination for day visitors as well as campers.
Kooskia Old Opera House - Historical building renovated into a theatre for plays, melodramas, and holiday presentations. Call for schedule, 208-926-0094
Kooskia National Fish Hatchery - Open daily from 8-4. Located just a short distance from the town of Kooskia.
Dworshak Dam & Reservoir - America's largest straight axis dam. Tour the dam or enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing at the reservoir.
Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is located at the confluence of the North Fork and mainstem Clearwater River, 3 miles west of Orofino, Idaho. The hatchery was built to mitigate for the loss of steelhead trout in the Norfh Fork of the Clearwater River and its tributaries as a results of the construction of Dworshak Dam.
Clearwater Historical Museum - Features collections that focus on the people and history of Clearwater River Country and its environs including Clearwater County and parts of Lewis, Nez Perce, Idaho and Shoshone counties. Located at 315 College Ave in Orofino. 208-926-5033
Gold Rush Loop - Elk City. The tour begins at the junction of State Hwy 14 and County Road 233 to Orogrande. The 62 mile route is mostly gravel road and takes three hours to travel. Interpretive signs along the route explain the rich and colorful mining history of the Elk City/Dixie area.
Clarkia Fossil Dig and Garnet Mine - This is a self guided fossil dig and garnet mine located along the roadside 5 miles from the small town of Clarkia. This area and India, are the only places in the world where star garnets are found.
Monastery of St. Gertrude and Historical Museum - The museum's purpose is to preserve the rich heritage of North Central Idaho. Its modern 7,200 square-foot facility houses collections comprising over 70,000 artifacts, with 12,000 on display. Not only is each object preserved for posterity, but the story of those who once possessed the object is also remembered and retold in order to keep our heritage alive.
Selway Falls, Lowell, Idaho - Best viewed in winter thru spring but flows year round. The falls are 50 feet high.
- Hearthstone Village Bakery & Tea House - 502 Main St. - 208-935-1912 - 7am-4pm
- Moose River Grill - 501 4th - 208-935-2821 - 2pm-9pm
- Sacajawea Cafe - at the Lewis-Clark Resort on Hwy 12 - 208-935-1958
- China Cafè - 406 Main St. - 208-935-1670 - 11am-9pm
- Jilinda's Family Dining - Hwy 12 MM 74 - 208-935-1158 - 6am-8pm
- Lolo Trail Cafè - 308 3rd - 208-935-2821 -6am-8pm
- Palenque Mexican Restaurant -714 3rd - 208-935-7700 - 11am-8pm
- Pizza Factory - 814 Hwy 12 - 208-935-2134 - 11am-10pm
- River's Cafè - 18 N. Main St. - 208-926-0986 - 5am-8pm