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Clark brings the boats to a rapid where he thinks the portage should begin. They set up camp below present Belt Creek. Lewis is fishing and drying meat at the Great Falls. Sacagawea is very ill and refuses the medicine Clark offers.

the Indian woman much wors this evening, She will not take any medison, her husband petetions to return &c., river more rapid

William Clark

Sacajawea and Jean Baptiste

Sacajawea laying down with her baby

Image on a sign a Sulpher Springs.

I amused myself in fishing, and sleeping away the fortiegues of yesterday. I caught a number of very fine trout which I made Goodrich dry; goodrich also caught about two douzen and several small cat of a yellow colour which would weigh about 4 lbs.

Meriwether Lewis

Channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

Channel catfish: a yellow fish with long whiskers

Image prepared by Ellen Edmonson and Hugh Chrisp as part of the 1927-1940 New York Biological Survey conducted by the New York State Conservation Department.

the men in the water from morning untill night hauling the Cord & boats walking on Sharp rocks and round Sliperery Stones which alternately cut their feet & throw them down, not with Standing all this dificuelty they go with great chearfulness, aded to those dificuelties the rattle Snakes inumerable & require great caution to prevent being bitten.

William Clark

Prairie rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis

Prairie rattlesnake hiding behind a lo

Photo by an unknown photographer who has released it to the public domain.

late in the evening we arrived at a rapid which appeared So bad that I did not think it prudent to attempt passing of it this evening as it was now late.

William Clark

Missouri River below Belt Creek

Small rapid in a large river