Middle Village, Station Camp

Alongside highway 101 and the Columbia River lies Middle Village, the site of a Chinook village where 36 houses once stood.  The Chinook people inhabited this village where the river meets the ocean for thousands and thousands of years. During the summer, they had an abundant supply of fish, game, and resources for clothing and shelter. In the winter, however, they moved inland. This is why, when Lewis and Clark came upon the settlement on November 15, 1805, it was empty.

They named this site Station Camp and spent ten days here while Clark drew up a detailed and accurate map of the mouth of the Columbia River and surrounding area.

In 2005, archeologists discovered abundant proof of the importance of the Middle Village site as a Chinook trade village. More than 10,000 artifacts were uncovered, including trade beads, plates, cups, musket balls, arrowheads, Indian fish net weights and ceremonial items. European artifacts were found here even from prior to Lewis and Clark’s arrival. This shows us how thriving the Chinook’s trading systems were.

Contact Information

Middle Village, Station Camp
Reservations and Information:
503-861-2471

Address:
354 US Route 101, Chinook, Washington 98614, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Open during daylight hours
  • Seasons Open

    Year-round
  • Prices and Fees

    Entrance to the park is $10 per person for visitors ages 16 and older and is good for 7 days. An annual pass to the park is also available for $35.
  • Accessibility

    Although no trails at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park are designated accessible, individuals with physical mobility disabilities often enjoy the trails using sport wheelchairs and motor scooters.