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Lewis continues down the Ohio River between present Ohio and Kentucky. Near this date, he passed the Little and Big Scioto rivers.

From the journals...

Big Scioto river, This is a considerable river of Ohio state, running through a very rich body of land, and is navigable for batteaux near 200 miles; it opens a communication with Sandusky river by a portage of 4 miles

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

Quotation and 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.