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Steptoe Battlefield State Park
STEPTOE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
STEPTOE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
Steptoe Battlefield is a four-acre, day-use park in Rosalia. This is the site on May 17, 1858, where Lt. Col. E.J. Steptoe led 159 American soldiers in a running fight with a large band of Spokane, Palouse and Coeur D'Alene Native Americans. The American soldiers beat off a series of attacks until night halted the battle. With ammunition almost gone and facing disaster, Lt. Col. Steptoe and his men retreated with their wounded and under the cover of darkness to Fort Walla Walla. The park features a monument with interpretive signs in memory of the battle between a band of Palouse, Spokane and Coeur D'Alene Native Americans and 159 American soldiers.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. - dusk Winter: 8 a.m. - dusk
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Badgers. Bobcats. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Marmots. Moose. Rabbits. Raccoons. Chukars. Crows or Ravens. Doves or Pigeons. Ducks. Geese. Grouse. Gulls. Hawks. Herons. Hummingbirds. Jays. Ospreys. Owls. Pheasants. Quail. Turkeys. Woodpeckers. Wrens

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

Ponderosa Pine. Maple. Berries. Carnivorous Plants. Moss or Lichens. Thistle

History of the Area
A 25-foot granite memorial erected by Esther Reed Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution in 1914 marks the authentic site of Steptoe Battlefield. This battle, the last defeat of the U.S. Army by Native Americans was fought in May 1858 with Lt. Col. Steptoe in command.
Boats and RVs
Harrison Idaho Water Adventures - Harrison, IDBoat Rentals
We provide the largest range of water sport activities in North Idaho. We supply Lake Coeur d alene with boat rentals, pontoon rentals and waverunners often refered to as a sea doo. We located in the quaint little town of Harrison on the southern end of Lake Coeur d Alene.
31.1 miles from park*
Metalite Industries - Spokane, WABoat Dealer
An industry leading series of high quality, reliable, durable and complete pontoon leisure craft and work boats. These classic custom pontoon watercraft products are designed to meet the demands of owners and the public for safety, comfort and long lasting value.
30 miles from park*
KJ Watersports - Coulee City, WAStorage
We rent premium well maintained equipment including SKI BOATS, JET SKIS, and PONTOON BOATS We are located at Sunbanks Lake Resort outside of Electric City, which is 20 minutes from Steamboat Rock State Park, 35 minutes from Sun Lakes State Park, as well as only 5 minutes from Grand Coulee Dam. We also deliver to the surrounding areas. Call 509-681-0283 or 509-633-8079
93.1 miles from park*


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Steptoe Battlefield is located on the outskirts of Rosalia in Whitman County.

South on Highway 195: Take the exit at milepost 63 (Highway 271 Rosalia/Oakesdale), turn right towards Rosalia. Turn right onto Seventh St., turn right onto Josephine Avenue, then turn right onto Summit Avenue to the park entrance.North on Highway 195: Take the exit at milepost 62 (Highway 271 Rosalia/Oakesdale), turn left towards Rosalia. Turn right onto Seventh St., turn right onto Josephine Avenue, and then turn right onto Summit Avenue to the park entrance.

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