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Clark navigates the boats up the Missouri reaching present Fort Benton. Lewis hikes over the plains north of the river nearly reaching the Great Falls of the Missouri. In the evening, he tries his hand at fishing.

last night was Clear and Cold, this morning fair we Set out at 8 oClock & proceeded on verry well

William Clark

Missouri River from Rowe Bench, Montana

Missouri river island

Photo by Duane Raver of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Saw emence No. of Swallows in the 1st bluff on the Lard. Side, water verry Swift, the bluff are blackish Clay & Coal for about 80 feet.

William Clark

Swallows on the Black Bluff

Limestone cliff with several mud nests

©2016 Sharon Erickson. Used with permission.

This evening I ate very heartily and after pening the transactions of the day amused myself catching those white fish mentioned yesterday; they are here in great abundance I caught upwards of a douzen in a few minutes; they bit most freely at the melt of a deer which goodrich had brought with him for the purpose of fishing.

Meriwether Lewis

Sauger, Sander canadensis

Sauger photo: a skinny fish with large fins

Photo by Duane Raver of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

saw some sign of the Otter as well as beaver near our camp, also a great number of tracks of the brown bear; these fellows leave a formidable impression in the mud or sand I measured one this evening which was eleven inches long exclusive of the tallons and seven and ¼ in width.—

Meriwether Lewis

Grizzly bear tracks, Ursus arctos horribilis

Grizzly bear tracks on a muddy shore

Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.