Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
Campbell Lake, Vancouver, Washington"
Includes ... Campbell Lake ... Roth Unit ... Ridgeport Dairy Unit ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge ... Fales Landing ...
Image, 2007, Ridgefield NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes in the Campbell Lake area, Ridgefield NWR, Washington. Ridgefield NWR Refuge "Sandhill Crane Tour". Image taken October 12, 2007.


Campbell Lake, Vancouver, Washington ...
Campbell Lake is a nearly 2-mile-long lake located on the flood plain of the Columbia River stretching from approximately River Mile (RM) 92 to RM 94. The northern half of the lake is located within T4N R1W, in the Roth Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the southern half of the lake is located within T3N R1W, in the Ridgeport Dairy Unit of the Refuge. An old Columbia River landing site, Fales Landing, lies west of Campbell Lake while Lake River lies to the east. North (downstream) of Campbell Lake is Hathaway Lake, better known as "Rest Lake", a lake withing the River "S" Unit of the Ridgefield Refuge. South (upstream) of Campbell Lake is Post Office Lake, a lake within the Ridgeport Dairy Unit of the Ridgefield Refuge. During the fall and early winter, the Campbell Lake area supports large flocks of Sandhill Cranes.

Lewis and Clark and Campbell Lake ...
Lewis and Clark passed the Campbell Lake area on November 5, 1805. While they didn't mention the lake, they did described the area as:

"... early here the river is not more than 3/4 of a mile in width, passed a Small Prarie on the Stard. Side ..." [Clark, November 5, 1805]

Early Campbell Lake ...
Campbell Lake was named after J.H. Campbell who had a Donation Land Claim (DLC) on the lake's northern border.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2012) shows J.H. Campbell being granted title to 96.55 acres of T3N R1E, parts of Sections 5 and 31, on December 20, 1867 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry). Records also show J.H. Campbell and Mary E. Campbell being granted title to 380.28 acres of T3N R1W, parts of Sections 1 and 36, and T3N R1E, parts of Sections 5 and 31, on August 27, 1871 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names made the name "Campbell Lake" official (over Campbells Lake) on August 23, 1915.


Early Maps ...

Map, 1888, Ridgefield NWR area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Map detail, 1888, showing the Ridgefield NWR area, Washington. Includes Bachelor I. Pt., Hathaway Lake ("Rest Lake"), Campbell's Lake, and Fales Landing. Original map, "Columbia River, Kalama to Fales Landing, Sheet #5", 1/40,000, courtesy NOAA website, 2006.
Image, 1888, Clark County map detail,  click to enlarge
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1888 map detail, showing "Campbell's Lake", "Dillon's Lake" (Post Office Lake), and "Green's Lake", from "Clarke County, Washington Territory", by R.A. Habersham. Original map courtesy U.S. Library of Congress, 2017.


Campbell Lake, etc.

  • Roth Unit, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge ...
  • Sandhill Crane Tour ...


Roth Unit, Ridgefield National Wildlife Area ...
The northern half of Campbell Lake lies within the Roth Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The Roth Unit was acquired from Rosa Roth in 1969 and 1970 and has preservation of the natural Columbia River floodplain as its goal.


"Sandhill Crane Tour" ...
During Ridgefield's "Birdfest and Bluegrass" festival, the Refuge leads Sandhill Crane tours to Campbell Lake.

Image, 2007, Ridgefield Birdfest, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Sandhill Crane tour", Ridgefield Birdfest, Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, Washington. Image taken October 12, 2007.
Image, 2007, Ridgefield Birdfest, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Sandhill Crane tour", Ridgefield Birdfest, Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, Washington. Image taken October 12, 2007.
Image, 2007, Ridgefield Birdfest, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Sandhill Crane tour", Ridgefield Birdfest, Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, Washington. Image taken October 12, 2007.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 5, 1805 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:
  • "Rootsweb.com" website, 2012, Clark County, Washington;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2012;
  • U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2012;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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