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Shuttle But No Tickets Needed at L and C National Park

Tom Banse
06/13/2005

A U.S. Senate committee has approved more than $1.5 million for expansion of the northwest's newest national park. The Senate will need to come to terms with the House of Representatives, which included no money for the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in the next federal budget.

Meanwhile, you'll have to take a parking shuttle but won't need an advance reservation to visit the place this summer. Correspondent Tom Banse has more on how the park near Astoria is coping with the second year of bicentennial crowds.

[MUSIC/NARRATOR]: "Klahowya! Welcome to Fort Clatsop and the homelands..."

THERE'S NEW RECORDED TOUR NARRATION TO SPICE UP YOUR SHUTTLE BUS RIDE FROM REMOTE PARKING LOTS TO THE REPLICA FORT NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA.

[SHUTTLE SFX]: "Please remain seated for the ride to Fort Clatsop…"

BUT UNLIKE LAST SUMMER, NO TICKETS OR ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE NEEDED SAYS PARK SUPERINTENDENT CHIP JENKINS.

JENKINS: "We learned that actually that we did not need the reservation system during the summer months because we were not seeing the peaking… Yes, there were a lot of people coming. But we were able to handle and accommodate and still ensure that people had a good time."

ON THE GREAT PLAINS, SOME BUSINESSPEOPLE WERE COUNTING ON AN INFLUX OF LEWIS AND CLARK TRAVELERS, BUT SAY THE BICENTENNIAL IS FAILING TO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. AT FORT CLATSOP, CHIP JENKINS SAYS VISITATION TO THE EXPEDITION'S WINTER QUARTERS IS UP 27 PERCENT. IN OUR REGION, THE TRUE TEST OF LEWIS AND CLARK'S DRAWING POWER IS YET TO COME. THE BIG ANNIVERSARY EVENTS HAPPEN THIS FALL, NEXT WINTER AND SPRING. I'M TOM BANSE REPORTING.

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