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The Expedition tows the boats against the strong Missouri current heading north through present UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge. In the evening, a sudden dust storm forces the Captains to move their shelter from the river sandbar.

the bends of the river are short and suddon, the points covered with some cottonwood, larger willow, or broadleafed willow with an abundance of the wild rose and some small honeysuckle bushes constitute the undergrowth, the redwood is also found in small quantities.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River at Charles M. Russell NWR

Gentle bend of the Missouri River

Photo: July 25, 2013 at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

the shores are abbrupt and bould and composed of a black and yellow clay: see no extensive collection of pure sand, the bars are composed black mud and a small poportion of fine sand; the courant still pretty strong.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River bank at Charles M. Russell NWR

Steep clay bank of the Missouri River

Photo: July 25, 2013 at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

The Countrey on the South Side of the Missouri is high, Soil and mineral appearance as usial, more Scattering pine & Cedar on the hills

William Clark

Missouri River at Charles M. Russell NWR

Missouri River at Kipp Recreational Area

Photo: July 25, 2013 at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.