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At 3 am, a storm with high waves and rolling logs threatens the Corps. Later, during low tide, they are able to move camp into the next Columbia River cove. They sink the canoes with rocks, and catch several salmon in the nearby creek.

we moved our Camp a Short distance further up the River to the mouth of a creek and got a more comfortable Camp.

John Ordway

Creek at Dismal Nitch

A small coastal creek

...rained with great violence untill 12 oClock, the waves tremendious brakeing with great fury against the rocks and trees on which we were encamped. our situation is dangerous.

William Clark

Columbia River near the Dismal Nitch

Columbia River on a stormy day

I walked up the branch and giged 3 Salmon trout.   the party killed 13 Salmon to day in a branch about 2 miles above.

William Clark

Clark catching a salmon

Drawing of Clark spearing a salmon in a small creek

Drawing by Roger Cooke. Courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

their robes & leather Clothes are rotten from being Continually wet,
It would be distressing to See our Situation, all wet and colde our bedding also wet

William Clark

A dismal nitch

Drawing of men dragging large dugout onto the shore

Drawing by Roger Cooke. Courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.