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Lewis and Clark are at the Great Falls of the Ohio at Louisville, Kentucky. During this period, they are recruiting men, planning, and preparing to continue to St. Louis in the Louisiana Territory.

From the journals...

The principal landing place is at the mouth of Bear-grass creek which comes in a little above the rapids, and in order to make good the landing there, boats should be kept close to the left shore for the distance of two miles above the town of Louisville, which may be seen eight or nine miles before you come to it.

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.