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The Expedition waits until 10 am for morning winds to subside. They tow the pirogues up the Missouri River traveling 16½ miles and camp west of present UL Bend NWR in Montana.

passed the entrance of grows Creek 20 yds wide, affords but little water. this creek we named from seeing a number of the pointed tail praire hen near it's mouth

Meriwether Lewis

Sharp-tailed grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus

Grouse with brown and tan feathers

we have caught but few fish since we left the Mandans, they do not bite freely, what we took were the white cat of 2 to 5 lbs. I presume that fish are scarce in this part of the river.

Meriwether Lewis

Channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

Medium sized fish with long 'whiskers'

Photo ©2008 by Cliff from Arlington, VA. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

I walked out after dinner and assended & but a few miles to view the Countrey, which I found roleing & of a verry rich Stickey Soil produceing but little vegitation of any kind except the prickley-piar, but little grass & that verry low. a great deal of Scattering Pine on the Lard Side & Some fur on the Stard. Sd.

William Clark

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Prairie above the Missouri River

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