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The Captains decide to remain at their camp near present Washougal, Washington so that they can stock up on dried meat for their journey back to the land of the Nez Perce. Clark explores the Willamette River.

The Current of the Multnomar is as jentle as that of the Columbia glides Smoothly with an eavin surface, and appears to be Sufficiently deep for the largest Ship. I attempted fathom it with a Cord of 5 fathom which was the only Cord I had, could not find bottom 1/3 of the distance across.

William Clark

Mouth of the Willamette River

Looking at the Willamette River from a sandy beach

they laid Several parsels of Wappato at my feet, & begged of me to take out the bad fire
and as my pilot informed me was gorn up to this fall to fish which is 2 days or 60 miles up

William Clark

Wapato, Sagittaria latifolia

Round bulbs that appear similar in size and shape to a medium-sized onion

This morning we came to a resolution to remain at our present encampment or some where in this neighbourhood untill we had obtained as much dryed meat as would be necessary for our voyage as far as the Chopunnish. to exchange our perogues for canoes with the natives on our way to the great falls of the columbia or purchase such canoes from them for Elkskins and Merchandize as would answer our purposes.

Meriwether Lewis

Parker Landing

Looking at the Columbia River from a sandy beach

the huckleburry, shallon, and the several evergreen shrubs of that speceis which bear burries have seased to appear except that speceis which has the leaf with a prickly margin.

Meriwether Lewis

Oregon grape, Mahonia aquifolium

Shiny Oregon Grape leaf with serrated edges

Photo ©2009 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.