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Clark explores near present Orofino, Idaho. He finds a place with large trees to make canoes opposite the mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River. On the way back, he is impressed with how fast a Nez Perce 2-man canoe can pole upstream.

I crossed the South fork and proceeded up on the South Side, the most of the way thro' a narrow Pine bottom in which I Saw fine timber for Canoes

William Clark

The Middle and North forks of the Clearwater River

Historic photo of Clearwater Rivers before roads and rails

Photo by Jane Gay circa 1890. Courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 1637.

two of them were roasted and we eate,
I Saw fine timber for Canoes

William Clark

Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa

Close-up of Ponderosa Pine bark

Photo by Jami Dwyer on August 3, 2006.

A fine, pleasant, warm morning.

Patrick Gass

Clearwater River from China Island

Clearwater river flowing to the left of a high, rocky bank

Crossed a Creek at 1 mile from the right verry rockey which I call rock dam Creek

William Clark

Orofino Creek

River and small creek coming together around lots of medium-sized rocks

Passed down on the N side of the river to a fork from the North which is about the Same Size and affords about the Same quantity of water with the other forks

William Clark

Near Middle and North forks of the Clearwater River

Blue river and fall folliage