Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler – Adventure Cruise

One-way Repositioning Cruise from Cascade Locks to The Dalles Oregon

CRUISE FROM 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM


Complimentary parking provided at the Visitors Center in Cascade Locks OR.

This cruise fills up fast so call now to make your required reservations.

The Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (OR-LCTHF) has arranged for a special group passage price on this Repositioning Cruise. Call Kelli at 503-943-9115 and use reference #158164. Provide the names of guests, an email address for confirmation and your Form of Payment. Please have your photo ID available when boarding the Sternwheeler.

Cruising is from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and then Motorcoach Transportation is provided for the return to Cascade Locks. 

 You can relax and watch the scenery change from beautiful wooded forests to desert scape and enjoy the views of Wind Mountain and Hood River. You get the Captain’s narration plus Costumed Re-Enactors sharing stories of Lewis and Clark and Pioneer adventures on this stretch of the Columbia River. 

 The Cruise price includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, dessert, coffee and hot tea.

Celilo Falls Commemoration

April 29-30: To commemorate 60 years since Celilo Falls was silenced, the Oregon and Washington chapters will be going up the Columbia River Gorge to explore several areas of interest and to camp at MaryHill state park.

April 29 Saturday 10:00 AM ‘Tsagaglalal-She Who Watches’ pictograph/and petroglyph Tour at Columbia Hills State Park (Horse Thief Lake) which is on Washington Hwy 14 about 2 miles east of Dallesport/The Dalles. The tour and related sites may take up to 2 hours. Space is limited to 20 people, reservations required, send confirmation to Rennie Kubik at (Please arrive by 9:45 AM for pictograph/petroglyph tour)

12:30 Potluck and Chapter meetings at Celilo Park I-84 exit 97

1:30 Geologist Glen Kilpatrick speaking on the geology of the Celilo Falls area. We will also view Celilo Canal, and Expedition campsites and portage routes in the Wishram area.

2:30 Maryhill Museum of Art

Time permitting other trips to Oregon Trail marker near Biggs Junction, Overland Trail route down Maryhill Canyon, Stonehenge Memorial, Maryhill Winery and Wishram Historic Locomotive 1923 Great Northern 2507 P2 4-8-2 locomotive and tender.

6:00 Evening campfire Maryhill State Park Group Camp

Camping accommodations at Maryhill State Park (reservations here or Peach Beach RV Park at 509-773-4927, or Deschutes River State Recreation Area (OR State Parks) or LePage Park (USACE), or contact Rennie Kubik at or 360-546-5949 for group camping at Maryhill Park.

April 30 Sunday 10:00 AM Washington and Oregon Chapters Tour of Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR then travel to Rowena Summit for a view of Mount Adams, and depart for home.

End of Summer Potluck Picnic at Cathedral Park

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Oregon chapter member, Dr. Steven McClure, will share recent discoveries and theories about the Lewis & Clark Expedition's exploration of the Willamette River, including maps that indicate where Captain William Clark's canoe party camped in what is now the North Portland, Oregon area on April 2, 1806." For background information, read this:

This great Explore More activity is being held at Cathedral Park beneath the St. Johns Bridge in Portland Oregon. Gary and Faye Moulton have indicated that they may be able to join us at the picnic, too, as they will be in the area.

To get to Cathedral Park, follow Hwy 30 west from downtown Portland. Go across the St. John’s bridge. Turn left on Ivanhoe. Go 2 blocks and turn left on Baltimore Avenue which aligns parallel with the bridge. Follow Baltimore down to the park. At the bottom of the hill you will come to a sign reading "Cathedral Park." Turn left at the "Cathedral Park" sign. The picnic area parking lot is to your immediate right. Free parking is also available on several side streets if that lot is full. You risk a fine if you park in the large parking lot for the boat ramp. (See attached maps at the bottom)

There are nine picnic tables, most of which have shade, between the restrooms at the boat launch area and this parking lot. We will gather in the center of the picnic area where Dr. Steven McClure will have our Chapter banner displayed. The Park’s L&C interpretive sign is only 15-20 yards from the nearby restroom.

Bring some food to share, your own utensils and your own chair(s) if you don’t want to sit on the bench of the picnic tables. Added feature for our really active members – You can hike up the hill to the sidewalk on the North side of the bridge and look down on Clark’s campsite.

Hope to see you there!

Lewis & Clark: The Army Story with Lt. Col. Alisha Hamel – At Camp Withycombe

2:00-5:00 pm
No reservations required.
$5.00 donation requested

We look forward to hearing about Lewis & Clark from a military historian's perspective. In organization, funding, discipline, conduct, and appearance, the Corps of Discovery was a military expedition. That informs our understanding of the Expedition today.

Alisha Hamel from the Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) is an experienced historical presenter. Her presentations include Lewis and Clark, Oregon's Role in WWII, Civil War in Oregon and she is also developing a WWI presentation and can do a presentation on One Woman's Role in Desert Storm.

She is a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserve and is the Command Historian for the Center of Military History in Washington DC. Alisha has finished a documentary about the 41st Infantry Division during WWII called "Jungleers in Battle" that premiered in Salem on September 18, 2012 which showed on OPB and the Pentagon Channel and has written many news articles.

Alisha has also been involved with Lewis and Clark since 2003, and was on the board that put on the Signature event for Oregon and Washington,
Destination the Pacific. She was in charge of the Opening Ceremony held at Fort Stevens and the following veteran's event. She was involved in Oregon 150 and put on the Oregon Ball that year. She has traveled the Lewis and Clark trail attending almost all of the Signature events along the trail.

Camp Withycombe
AFRC Room # 2103
10101 SE Clackamas Rd
Clackamas, OR  97015

Must show photo ID to enter the base.

Tongue Point

Come join us for a rare opportunity to step foot on the same beach William Clark and others camped on while Lewis was selecting the future site of their winter quarters at Ft. Clatsop. This is an exciting chance to visit Tongue Point, or “Point William”, as the expedition called it, which is on federally secured land and is not open to the public. Captain Bruce Jones, recently retired Coast Guard commander of sector Astoria will meet us at the security gate at Tongue Pt. where he, Tom Wilson, Mark Johnson and others will share the research that they and others have done. We will discuss the amazing history of Tongue Point beginning with native American history, its Ft. George connection, and its current use. We will also discuss our chapter's plans for new historical interpretation.

We will walk the beach and quite possibly see the same “butifull pebble of various Colours” that Clark described in his journals.

Feel free to come earlier to the Astoria area and explore on your own the many historical opportunities it has to offer, as well as SHOPPING!

For the Explore More event:
  • Meet at 1:30 pm at the security gate leading into the Tongue Point Job Corps (turn just east of the Crest Motel, a bit east of Astoria)
  • Bring sturdy shoes, we will walk on uneven terrain.
  • Expect to be out in the weather for 2 hours.

Please RSVP Tom Wilson, 503-325-6284 ( if you are planning to attend, he needs to give numbers in advance to Capt. Jones to allow for security planning.

Note — Board members will also have a meeting at Ft. Clatsop at 11:00am the same morning.

Paleontology and Lewis & Clark

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Host: David Ellingson, 503-982-2569 -

Meet in the front parking lot of Woodburn High School, 1785 North Front Street, Woodburn, OR 97071.

Thomas Jefferson believed that Lewis & Clark might find mammoths and other exotic animals out in the West. Each year students at Woodburn High School conduct a paleontological dig that looks through soils from the end of the Ice Age. Some of the bones that are found tell the story of what the Willamette Valley looked like thousands of years ago. Come learn about this unique dig, and participate in looking through soil for fossils of plants and animals.

We will meet at the high school for a presentation of Lewis & Clark's contributions to paleontology. We will also examine many of the bones already discovered in Woodburn, including the almost complete skeleton of a giant bison (Bison antiquus). Those interested in participating in the dig can stay and look for fossils. It will be a little muddy, so bring clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Also, bring water and a lunch.

Contact David Ellingson if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.

The Old Aurora Colony: Willie Keil's Dream

Where: Old Aurora Colony Museum, 15018 Second Street NE, Aurora, Oregon.

Museum admission fee: $5 per person.

Willie Keil caught Oregon fever and convinced his father, Wilhelm, to guide a wagon train to the Oregon Territory in 1855 with Willie as the driver of the lead wagon. Just days before they left Bethel, Missouri, Willie died. In his grief, Wilhelm fulfilled Willie’s wish, taking the young man along in a lead-lined coffin, and founded the Aurora Colony, a Christian commune.

For the Oregon Trail’s sesquicentennial (1993), Laurel Cookman of Aurora was one of 30 who reenacted the Keil wagon train’s journey from Missouri to Oregon. “Except for the hunger, we experienced everything they did: animals dying, people getting sick,” recalls Ms. Cookman, who will share her adventures at the Old Aurora Colony Museum.

The day will begin with a tour of the museum followed by Ms. Cookman’s presentation and lunch. We will then move to the Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory,14673 Ottaway Rd NE, Aurora, where we get to see how hazelnuts are roasted, removed from their shells and sprayed with chocolate. Their signature Hazelnut Toffee is made in copper kettles. The L&C Journals mention hazelnuts in several places in the Columbia territory. There will also be a special viewing of busts of the members of the Corps of Discovery carved by the former owner of the factory. After spending your money on the delicious goodies at the factory you will have ample time left in the day to visit the City Park and the many intriguing Aurora Antique Stores.

RSVP by April 26 to: Lyn Trainer,, 503-246-0451. Bring a brown bag or order a box lunch when you RSVP (no later than April 26).
  • Whole sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie and beverage, $8
  • ½ sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie and beverage, $6
  • Sandwich choices: Smoked turkey, Black Forest ham or vegetable
  • Bread choices: Healthnut wheat, sourdough white or dill rye
  • Beverage choices: Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine free Coke or Fresca

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