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Despite the bad weather, the Expedition loads the canoes and paddles up the shoreline of the Columbia River. They manage high waves to get around Tongue Point and then camp at today's John Day River.

the rained Seased and it became fair about Meridean
we loaded our canoes & at 1 P.M. left Fort Clatsop on our homeward bound journey.

William Clark

Homeward bound

Sun breaking through clouds over Columbia River

at this place we had wintered and remained from the 7th of Decr. 1805 to this day and have lived as well as we had any right to expect, and we can Say that we were never one day without 3 meals of Some kind a day either pore Elk meat or roots, not withstanding the repeeted fall of rain which has fallen almost Constantly Since we passed the long narrows on the [blank] of Novr. Last

William Clark

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop on a sunny day

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

Fort Clatsop is situated on the South side of Columbia River, and about 1½ Miles up a small River (which empties itself into the Columbia River) called by the Natives Ne-tul, and lay a small distance back, from the West bank of said River.

Joseph Whitehouse

Youngs Bay

Small bay with 3 rivers emptying into it

this Cheif leaning that we were in want of a canoe some days past, had brought us one for sale, but being already supplyed we did not purchase it

Meriwether Lewis

at a ¼ before three we had passed Meriwethers bay and commenced coasting the difficult shore; at ½ after five we doubled point William, and at 7 arrived in the mouth of a small creek where we found our hunters.

Meriwether Lewis

Tongue Point

Point of land jutting out into a large river

we therefore encamped on the Stard side of the Creek.    the wind was not very hard.—

Meriwether Lewis

Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge

Grasses poking above shallow Columbia River waters