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"Catherine Creek, Washington"
Includes ... Catherine Creek ...
Image, 2012, Catherine Creek drainage, Washington, click to enlarge
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Catherine Creek drainage, Washington. View from Old Highway 8, looking downstream (south) towards the Columbia River. Image taken June 15, 2012.


Catherine Creek ...
Catherine Creek is a small drainage on the Washington side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 177. Half a mile upstream is Major Creek and half a mile downstream is Rowland Lake. Three miles downstream is the Washington community of Bingen.

Catherine Creek drainage ...
According to the U.S. Forest Service website (2006):

"... Major Creek, Catherine Creek, and a host of smaller, unnamed drainages flow primarily from northwest to southeast. Between each of the drainages is an even, sloping ridge with a southeastern aspect. Major Creek, the largest drainage, has cut a deep, rugged canyon. Catherine Creek is a much smaller drainage. Tracy Hill separates these two drainages. Following the same northwest-southeast trend is a series of sheer cliffs. The largest of these cliffs is Coyote Wall. The second large cliff overlooks the eastern edge of Rowland Lake, called the Rowland Wall. ..."

Catherine Creek Trail ...

Catherine Creek Trail #4400:
"Catherine Creek Universal Access Trail is located in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Catherine Creek is an area of unique natural beauty and is of great botanical significance, which is why it is included in the Washington Audubon's Great Birdwatching Trail. Weather on this south facing drainage is much sunnier and drier than the Western Gorge, and can be quite windy. Dress appropriately and be aware that there are no water or garbage facilities. The paved, universal access trail offers 2 levels of difficulty for wheelchairs. The short 1/4 mile "Easy" route will take you to a viewpoint overlooking Catherine Creek Falls. The "moderate" routes form loop opportunities of up to 1-1/4 miles in length through open grass lands, vernal ponds and oak woodlands."

Source:    U.S. Forest Service website, 2012


Image, 2012, Catherine Creek drainage, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sign, Catherine Creek, Washington. View from Old Highway 8, looking downstream towards the Columbia River. Image taken June 15, 2012.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, April 14, 1806 ...
This morning at 7 oClock we were joined by Sgt. Pryor and they three hunters they brought with them 4 deer which drewyer had killed yesterday. we took brackfast and departed at 9 A. M. [from their camp near Dog Mountain]     the wind rose and <proceeded on> Continued to blow hard all day but not so violent as to prevent our proceeding. we kept Close allong the N. Shore all day. the river from the rapids [Cascade Rapids] to the Commencement of the narrows [The Dalles] is from to of a Mile in wedth, and possesses but little Current. the bead is rock except at the enterence of Labiech's river [Hood River] which heads in Mt. Hood [Mount Hood, Oregon] and like the quick Sand River [Sandy River] brings down from thence Vast bodies of Sand     the Mountains through which the river passes nearly to Cataract River [Klickitat River] are high broken rocky, particularly Covered with fir and white Cedar, and in maney places very romantic scences. Some handsom Cascades are Seen on either Side tumbling from the Stupendious rocks of the mountains into the river. I observe near the river the long leafed Pine which increas as we assend and Superseeds the fir altogether about the Sepulchre rock [Memaloose Island]. We find the trunks of maney large pine trees Standing erect as they grew, at present in 30 feet water [Submerged Forest]; they are much doated and none of them vegitateing. at the lowest water of the river maney of those trees are in 10 feet water. the Cause I have attempted to account for as I decended.     at 1 P M. we arrived at a large village Situated in a narrow <village> bottom on the N. Side [between the White Salmon River and Bingen, Washington] a little above the enterance of Canoe Creek [White Salmon River]. their houses are reather detached, and extend for Several Miles. they are about 20 in number. those people Call themselves Wil-la-cum. ...     We halted at this village Dined ...     after dinner we proceeded on our voyage. I walked on Shore with Shabono on the N. Side through a handsom bottom [Bingen area].     met Several parties of women and boys in Serch of herbs & roots to Subsist on maney of them had parcels of the Stems of the Sun flower. I joined Capt Lewis and the party at 6 miles, at which place the river washed the bottom of high Clifts on the N. Side [Bingen Gap]. Several Canoes over take us with families moveing up. we passed 3 encampments and came too in the mouth of a Small Creek [Major Creek] on the N. Side imediately below a village and opposit the Sepulchar rock [Memaloose Island]. this village Consists of about 100 fighting men of Several tibres from the plains to the North Collected here waiting for the Salmon. ...     made [blank] miles





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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:   U.S. Forest Service website, 2006

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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