Netul Landing & the Netul River Trail

In 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, accompanied by their crew of explorers, paddled up a river that the local peoples called Netul, today called the Lewis and Clark River. On December 5, the expedition established their winter camp at a site on the riverbank that had been selected by Lewis.

To reach the wooded site that would become Fort Clatsop, the Corps paddled up the Netul River past lush riverbanks and tall evergreens teaming with wildlife, such as playful river otters and majestic bald eagles. Now the river is named after Lewis and Clark, but Netul Landing pays homage to the former name and is an excellent place to launch your kayak or canoe for a paddle trip.

Today, Netul Landing and the Netul River Trail are both parts of the 146-mile Lewis and Clark River Water Trail, which traces the Corps of Discovery’s route along the Lower Columbia River. Kayakers and canoe enthusiasts can launch their craft from Netul Landing, which serves as the trailhead of the Netul River Trail. Visitors may also register for ranger-guided canoe and kayak trips during the summer.

The river trail is a 1.5-mile gentle walk along the river to Fort Clatsop. Visitors may park in the parking area and follow the trail to the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center, where they will learn about the area’s history. At the landing and along the trail, interpretive panels are installed that discuss Lewis and Clark’s time here. Netul Landing also offers a life-sized bronze statue of Sacagawea from sculptor Jim Demetro, the Shoshone woman who accompanied the Corps to the Pacific Ocean.

Visitors are required to pay an entrance fee to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, which can be paid at the visitor center. Visitors can park their car in the nearby parking areas and walk to the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop to continue their own journey into local history, or connect up with the Fort to Sea trail and trace the Corps’ trip to Sunset Beach. For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.

Contact Information

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Reservations and Information:

Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, Oregon 97103, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Winter Hours: Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer Hours: Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Seasons Open

    Year Round
  • Prices and Fees

    16 and older: $10 per person (valid for up to 7 days) - 15 and younger: free
  • Accessibility

    Parking lots at Netul Landing have accessible parking spaces.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    The South Clatsop Slough Restoration Project is in the recently expanded Fort Clatsop unit of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The project site is located between the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center and Netul Landing, along the Lewis and Clark River approximately 1 mile upstream from the confluence with Youngs Bay. The project is approximately 47 acres. The project goals are to protect the property in perpetuity as a part of the National Park Service unit; reconnect the former slough with the Lewis and Clark River and Columbia River Estuary; reestablish estuary habitats on approximately 47 acre of land. Habitat that will be created includes riparian, emergent marsh, stream channel and Sitka Spruce marsh; and use the site as outdoor laboratory for research and education. The acquisition of the property that contains South Clatsop Slough has increased the National Park Service’s ability to manage the lands in the park to restore ecological process, provide recreational and educational opportunities. This project will restore approximately 47 acres of marginal pasture land to a part of the Columbia River estuary. The project is starting with planning, engineering and design that will in turn direct the work to reestablish the connection between the slough and the Columbia River estuary. It is envisioned that the planning and engineering will call for the removal of structures and fill to create this connectivity and enhance the habitat.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Pets are allowed on trails and must be leashed at all times with a leash no more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length. Do not leave a pet unattended or tied to an object. Consider the weather before leaving your dog in the car. Pet waste must be disposed of by placing the waste in a plastic bag and depositing it in a trash receptacle.