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The Expedition heads down the Clearwater River in their new canoes. One springs a leak passing a rapid and is fixed. They lighten the boats by caching two canisters of gun powder. They make 20 miles camping near present Lenore, Idaho.

The rapids were very frequent & Shoal, the bottom of the River rockey, and the hills making close in to the River on both sides of it.

Joseph Whitehouse

Clearwater River between Canoe Camp and Lenore, Idaho

Low, wide rocky Clearwater River

a clear morning.

John Ordway

Clearwater River near Canoe Camp

Blue river winding through hills in early morning light

The Canoe in which I was Struck a rock and Sprung a leak in the 3rd rapid, we proceeded on

William Clark

the officers canoe leaks So that they changes their Baggag in another canoe

Joseph Whitehouse

Clearwater River below Canoe Camp

A rapid on the Clearwater River

The after part of the day Cloudy

William Clark

Clearwater River below Big Canyon

Cloudy day on the Clearwater River

We then proceeded on our Voyage, and crossed a number of bad rapids, where our Canoes got fast, & obliged us to get out in the Water (that was cold) and hawl them off.

Joseph Whitehouse

Clearwater River

we found the Water in some places deep, & the current running gentle for some distance.

Joseph Whitehouse

Clearwater River

Smooth section of Clearwater River

There is some Clifts of rocks, lying along the Shore & a few scattering pine trees, growing on some of the hills which are mostly broken & covered with grass.

Joseph Whitehouse

Clearwater River between Canoe Camp and Lenore, Idaho

Rocky cliff rising from the river with pine trees on the hills

We saw some few cotton wood Trees, growing on each side of the River along the Shore

Joseph Whitehouse

Black cottonwood on a Clearwater River island

Cliffs, barren hills, scattered pines, and some cottonwoods

passed a Creek Small on the Lard. Side at 9 miles, a Short distanc from the river at 2 feet 4 Inches N. of a dead toped pine Treee had burid 2 Lead Canisters of Powder

William Clark

Mouth of Big Canyon Creek

Rocky shore, Clearwater river, and cliffs

we proceeded on 20 miles and Encamped on a Stard point oppost a run.

William Clark

Clearwater River near Lenore, Idaho

Smooth river reflecting fall-colored trees