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A pirogue is used to lighten the keelboat's load, but it springs a leak. Near the Virginia state line (present West Virginia), Lewis buys a canoe which also leaks. They stop two miles later to repair the leaks and dry wet cargo.

From the journals...

The water is so low and clear that we see a great number of Fish of different kinds, the Stergeon, Bass, Cat fish, pike, &c.    we fixed some spears after the indian method but have had too much to attend to of more importance than gigging fish.—

Meriwether Lewis

Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides

Scientific illustration of a largemouth bass

Photo created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

about two miles above my camp passed the line, which divides the States of Virginia and Pensylvania on the east side of the river and on the West that of Pensylvania from the State of Ohio; this line is made vi[si]ble from the timber having been felled about sixty feet in width, the young timber has spring up but has not yet attained the hight of the other that it can with ease be traced with the eye a considirable distance

Meriwether Lewis
Snippet from a book used by Meriwether Lewis to help navigate the Ohio River

Picture from The Navigator: Or, the Trader's Useful Guide in Navigating the Monongehela, Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers by Zadok Cramer, Fifth Edition, published in 1806. Lewis used an earlier edition to help him navigate and describe the journey down the Ohio River.