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The Expedition sets out at sunrise and in 18 miles arrives at Celilo Falls. With the assistance of the Indians and their horses, the cargo is portaged around the falls to a camp on a large eddy sandbar on the north shore.

we despatched two men to examine the river on the opposit Side, and reported that the Canoes could be taken down a narrow Chanel on the opposit Side after a Short portage at the head of the falls, at which place the Indians take over their Canoes. Indians assisted us over the portage with our heavy articles on their horses, the waters is divided into Several narrow chanels which pass through a hard black rock forming Islands of rocks at this Stage of the water, on those Islands of rocks as well as at and about their Lodges I observe great numbers of Stacks of pounded Salmon

William Clark

Celilo Falls

Historic photo of very wide, but not very tall waterfall

Photo by Benjamin A. Gifford circa 1907.

haveing no Indian name that we could find out, except "the River on which the Snake Indians live," we think it best to leave the nameing of it untill our return.
they gave us Pilburts, and berries to eate.

William Clark

Deschutes River mouth

Historic Photo of the Mouth of the Deschutes River

Photo by Ray Atkeson circa 1940's (some modern items have been digitally obscured).

we landed and walked down accompanied by an old man to view the falls, and the best rout for to make a portage which we Soon discovered was much nearest on the Stard. Side, and the distance 1200 yards one third of the way on a rock

William Clark

Celilo Falls

Historic photo of very wide, but not very tall waterfall

Photo by Fred and Oscar Kiser circa 1903.

we arrived at 5 Large Lodges of nativs drying and prepareing fish for market, they gave us Philburts, and berries to eate

William Clark

Filberts, Corylus cornuta

Small assortment of filbert nuts

Photo ©2006 Luis Miguel Bugallo S?nchez. Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

The Sand this day, lays in great abundance along the Shores.

Joseph Whitehouse

Columbia River at the start of the Long Narrows

Historic photo of Columbia River sand dunes

Photo by Carleton E. Watkins circa 1882 (some modern items have been digitally obscured).