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To save time, the Captains decide to run the Snake River rapids instead of portaging safely around them. They pass the present Tucannon and Palouse Rivers and observe an empty Palouse fishing village. Camp is near present Ayer, Washington.

all the morning, a hard wind from the S West untill 9 oClock,
we passed over this bad rapid Safe.

William Clark

Confluence of Palouse and Snake rivers

Historic photo of small rocky river entering a larger rocky river

Oregon Historical Society, OrHi92203. Some modern items in this historic photo have been digitally obscured.

imediately below a long bad rapid drewyers River...here is great fishing place, the timbers of Several houses piled up, and a number of wholes of fish, and the bottom appears to have been made use of as a place of deposit for their fish for ages past, here two Indians from the upper foks over took us and continued on down on horse back, two others were at this mouth of the Creek—

William Clark

Palouse (Drouillard's) River

Small river in a deep basalt rock canyon

Painting by Paul Kane based on sketches made in 1847.

N. 75°r; W.    2    miles to the Stard. Bend

William Clark

Basalt Rock, Snake River near Ayer, Washington

Large basalt rock rising from a placid river

Capt Lewis with two Canoes Set out & passed down the rapid The others Soon followed and we passed over this bad rapid Safe. We Should make more portages if the Season was not So far advanced and time precious with us

William Clark

Lewis, Clark, and Drouillard on the Snake River

Historical painting of Lewis, Clark, and Drouillard looking at the Snake River

This painting by Roger Cooke is on an interpretive sign at Lyon's Ferry State Park.

The wife of Shabono our interpetr we find reconsiles all the Indians, as to our friendly intentions   a woman with a party of men is a token of peace

William Clark

Sacagawea

Statue of Sacagawea

This statue is at the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center in Salmon, Idaho.

The Countery Thro' which we passed to day is Simlar to that of yesterday open plain no timber

William Clark

Snake River at Ayer, Washington

Large, deep blue river with barren hills and basalt cliffs on the opposite shore