Granite Lake Park

Granite Lake Park (HM2DWY)

Location: Clarkston, WA 99403 Asotin County
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N 46° 25.565', W 117° 2.934'

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On October 10th, 1805, the Lewis & Clark Expedition camped across the river from this park. They called the great river flowing in from the south Lewis' River.
"The Country on either Side is an open plain leavel & Fertile ...not a tree of any kind to be seen."
Clark's Journal Entry
More than sixty plants were identified for science by Lewis & Clark as they traveled through the region from here to Lolo Pass. Many of these plants are displayed along the path northeast of the restroom. The collection includes:
· Ponderosa Pine - used for canoes
· Lewis' Mockorange - state flower of Idaho
· Serviceberry - eaten or used as a dye by the Nee Mee Poo
The Nee Mee Poo or Nez Perce Indians constructed temporary lodges near the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers as they passed through the area.
Jawbone Flats was the alluring name given to the first cluster of buildings erected here in the late 1800's.
The Lewis-Clark Valley is no longer an open, treeless plain. The mild climate and long growing season support a vast variety of plants. These range from natives like the Netleaf Hackberry to exotics like palms and the Flowering Dogwood. Every spring the Valley bursts forth in the splendor of Dogwoods and other flowering trees. Located to the north of the restroom is a collection of various species of Cornus, the genus of Dogwoods.
marker picture captions:
· Chief Joseph & Band - Photo Courtesy Clarkston Chamber
· Lewis' Mockorange
· Asotin County Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 10:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 496242 N 5141391
Decimal Degrees46.42608333, -117.04890000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 25.565', W 117° 2.934'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 25' 33.9" N, 117° 2' 56.04" W
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Area Code(s)509
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 845 Port Way, Clarkston WA 99403, US
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