Quality of Life



Lewis-Clark Valley Quality of Life

The people of the region welcome industry and encourage economic development and business growth.

National Geographic featured our region in their article “A Paradise Called The Palouse.” Another beautiful part of our region is the acclaimed “Gateway to Hells Canyon.” From Paradise to Hell, it’s a country of contrasts…with fertile cropland and timberland interwoven between mountain ridges, river valleys, and deep scenic canyons. See more about Hells Canyon.

Our region is noted for its

  • forests
  • agricultural production
  • scenic beauty
  • and our unusual concentration of higher education institutions in a rural area

And…these features lead to a lot more! Our lifestyles are a mixture of outdoor recreational leisure, community events, arts and festivals. We are bordered by national forests, wilderness areas, pristine lakes, whitewater rivers, and rugged canyons. In less than an hour’s drive, you can be fishing, camping, hunting, skiing or sailing.

We also have a wide range of cultural, ethnic and educational advantages, including ballet, symphony, theatre, concerts, and university seminars. Football and basketball headline the athletic events. Many fans also enjoy the complement of other sports played here. Our recreational and cultural opportunities are fantastic…but our business opportunities are too!

From the business perspective, the region’s centralized location within four western states plus British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, combined with our intermodal transportation system, places the area in an enviable position. Access to local, regional and international markets is convenient and affordable. A loyal and dedicated workforce produces more and costs less.

Fact Book



  • 22 Motel/Hotels
  • 5 Convention Centers
  • 10 Banks
  • 5 Credit Unions
  • 2 Non-Bank Small Business Lenders
  • 69 Churches representing 43 denominations
  • Hundreds of acres of city parks with playgrounds, picnic shelters and tables
  • Casino’s
  • Skate Park
  • Burling Pond
  • 2 National Forests
  • 5 State Parks
  • 8 Tennis Courts
  • 8 Soccer Fields
  • 3 Swimming Pools
  • 4 Baseball Fields
  • 7 Softball Fields
  • 3 Bowling Alleys
  • Civic Theatre
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Lewis-Clark Center for the Arts
  • Golf Courses: 2 private; 2 public; 1 putting & driving range (18 holes)
  • 2 Marinas: Hells Gate State Park & Hells Canyon Resort