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The Corps continues up the Columbia River reaching the low plains around present Plymouth, Washington. The trail is dusty and crowded with Indians traveling in the same direction. An Indian boy catches several Columbia River chub.

This morning early we set forward and at the distance of three miles entered a low level plain country of great extent. here the river hills are low and receede a great distance from the river this low country commence on the S. side of the river about 10 miles below our encampment of last evening.

Meriwether Lewis

Blalock Island

Large, flat island in the Columbia River

Photo by Brubaker Aerial Survey, 1929.

after we encamped a little Indian boy Cought Several Chubbs with a bone…which he Substituted for a hook.
Saw a Goat and a Small wolf at a distance to day. made 28 miles

William Clark

Peamouth or Northwest dace, Mylocheilus caurinus

Drawing of a medium sized fish

Drawing by Barton W. Evermann in Reconnaissance of the streams and lakes of western Montana and Northwestern Wyoming, 1893.

these plains are covered with a variety of herbatious plants, grass, and three species of shrubs specimines of which I have preserved.

Meriwether Lewis

Big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata

A large Big sagebrush plant

these plains are covered with a variety of herbatious plants, grass, and three species of shrubs specimines of which I have preserved.

Meriwether Lewis

Rubber rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Green stems with showy, yellow blossoms

On the plains there is a species of clover, as large as any I have seen, and has a large red handsome blossom.

Patrick Gass

Large-head clover, Trifolium macrocephalum

large-headed clover with one bloom gone to seed

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