At the Fur Post
Start your visit at the Visitor Center, just off the parking lot.
Visiting the Fur Post
Tours leave the Visitor's Center on the hour and half-hour, and last for 50 minutes. While you wait for the tour, browse the museum store or explore the exhibits about the fur trade. Most visitors spend an hour and a half to two hours on the site.
After the tour, stop at the cooking area to discover what the voyageurs are having for their evening meal. Try your hand at one of the seasonal demonstrations in the Ojibwe encampment. Demonstrations vary with the season, so check our calendar to see our current offerings.
The Fur Post encourages kids to visit. There are plenty of interactive experiences for them to enjoy!
Explore the fur trade through “living history.” Trained and costumed interpreters bring the past to life using archaeology, history, theater and enthusiasm. They recreate the life of the people living and working during the winter of 1804 on a sandy ridge above the Snake River.
Restored Fur Post
Just as it did in the winter of 1804, the site features a six-room wooden row house, 77-feet long by 18-feet wide. Five of the rooms have window, four have wood and clay fireplaces. Two rooms have storage pits, or caches, hidden in the floor!
Surrounding the house is a palisade measuring 100 feet by 61 feet. There are gates in both the east and west faces. And there are two defensive lookout towers, or bastions, in the north and south corners of the palisade.
A couple hundred feet down the path, an Ojibwe encampment and garden demonstrate the seasonal nature of Native activities.
Nearly 1.5 miles of trails wind through the North West Company Fur Post site. Picnic tables are available.
A geocache is hidden near the site. Come find it, then visit the site!