Dismal Nitch Rest Area*

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The Dismal Nitch is a component of the larger Lewis & Clark National Park. The site is currently a rest area on SR 401 operated by WSDOT on the shores of the Columbia River. The design team, led by Perkins + Will, developed a master plan for this 5-acre site that includes a small visitor’s center and interpretive plaza, new viewpoints overlooking the river, new vehicle circulation and parking, rain gardens, a discovery trail to the “dismal” cove, and habitat restoration. Photo courtesy of NPS. *AECOM project.