Guidebook leads explorers on L&C trail

Guidebook leads explorers on L&C trail

ILWACO - Keith Hay, author and Lewis and Clark expedition authority, will be signing copies of his book, "The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail: A Guide for Paddlers, Hikers, and Other Explorers," on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Time Enough Books, Ilwaco Harbour Village, Port of Ilwaco.

The Lewis and Clark expedition traveled the final 450 miles of their journey to the Pacific Ocean entirely by water, the last segment along the Columbia River. Beginning near the Bonneville Dam, the Lower Columbia has been designated the Lewis and Clark Water Trail in recognition of its rich historical significance. With this authoritative guide, today's explorer can discover the unique landscape and history of the Lower Columbia River.

Keith Hay has been an avid outdoorsman throughout his long career in wildlife ecology and conservation. In 1963 he worked with the first national Lewis and Clark Trail Commission. In 1966 he received the commission's Jefferson Peace Medal for his two-year study of the expedition's route. Hay is a founder and past president of the Oregon Chapter of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, vice-president of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Oregon, and a founder and national advocate for the American Greenways Program.

His book includes:

• 18 detailed maps, including all known Lewis and Clark campsites and routes.

• Launch sites, camping, suggested trips, and hiking and bicycling trails.

• Historical, cultural, and ecological highlights for more than 260 sites.

• Lists of places named and plants and animals described by Lewis and Clark.

• Tips on river safety, trail etiquette, and boat rentals.

For more details on the book signing event or to reserve a book, call 642-7667.

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