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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Clover Island, Washington"
Includes ... Clover Island ... "Blue Bridge" ... "Cable Bridge" ...
Image, 2005, Cable Bridge, click to enlarge
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Sunset on the "Cable Bridge", Kennewick, Washington. Clover Island is on the right. Image taken September 24, 2005.


Clover Island ...
Eastern Washington's Clover Island lies along the southern shore of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 329, and lies between the cities of Pasco and Kennewick, between the "Blue Bridge" and the "Cable Bridge". This island is approximately 1/2 mile long.

Lewis and Clark and Clover Island ...
Captain Clark passed by Clover Island on October 17, 1805, as he explored the Columbia River upstream from the mouth of the Snake River. He reached Bateman Island before turning around and heading back to camp, the location of today's Sacajawea State Park.

"... passed a Island in the middle of the river at 5 miles at the head of which is a rapid, not dangerous on the Lard Side opposite to this rapid is a fishing place 3 Mat Lodges, and great quants. of Salmon on Scaffolds drying ... [Clark, October 17, 1805]

Early Clover Island ...
The 1866 cadastral survey map (tax map) for T9N R30E shows a 56.25-acre "Clover Isld" with a much smaller 8.75-acre island (labeled "Catfish") just to the south of Clover Island.

According to the "historylink.org" website (2014), in an article about the Port of Kennewick, the Port of Kennewick purchased Clover Island in 1946. Columbia Marine Shipyards signed a lease with the Port for a barge-building site and the Port also established a marina. In 1953 Clover Island was expanded to 12 acres and was connected to the mainland by a 700-foot-long causeway. Clover Island attracted new development including the Metz Marina and boat dock, a clubhouse for the Clover Island Yacht Club, and a $350,000 U.S. Coast Guard Station, staffed by 13 servicemen. As of 2010, the Port of Kennewick was developing its Clover Island site far beyond its industrial roots. It revitalized the Clover Island Marina and built a new retail-office building, which includes the Ice Harbor Brewing Company restaurant and craft brewer. Also in 2010 the Port of Kennewick dedicated a a new Gateway and Lighthouse Plaza and a new public art installation, The Family Group by Cheney artist Richard Warrington. This is part of an ongoing project to bring new recreation, business and tourism to Clover Island.


Building Clover Island ...
"Clover Island is located in the northeatern portion of the City of Kennewick, near the city's historic downtown and Columbia Drive areas. The existing Clover Island site was created by placing fill on the highest part of the 162-acre original island and raising it to an approximate elevation of 352 feet mean sea level. This created about 16 acres of property 12 feet above the 340-foot ordinary high water elevation of the McNary Pool when it was raised in late 1953."

Source:    Port of Kennewick, Clover Island Master Plan, 2005.

Views around Clover Island ...

Image, 2006, Welcome banner, Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Welcome to Clover Island". Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Clover Island Inn, Washington, click to enlarge
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Clover Island Inn and "Cable Bridge", Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Dock houses and "Cable Bridge", Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Marina at Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.


Views from Clover Island ...
From Clover Island terrific views of the Pasco-Kennewick "Blue Bridge" can be seen from the western end of the island and views of the the "Cable Bridge" can be had from the eastern end of the island. Behind the "Cable Bridge" the 1888 Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge is visible.

Image, 2003, Pasco-Kennewick Bridge, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick "Blue Bridge", as seen from Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2003.
Image, 2006, Cable Bridge from Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Cable Bridge" from Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Pasco-Kennewick Railroad Bridge from Clover Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pasco-Kennewick Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge, as seen from Clover Island. Image taken September 29, 2006.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 17, 1805 ...
I took two men in a Small Canoe and assended the Columbia river 10 miles to an Island [Bateman Island] near the Stard. Shore on which two large Mat Lodges of Indians were drying Salmon, ... there is no timber of any Sort except Small willow bushes in Sight in any direction - from this Island the natives showed me the enterance of a large Westerly fork which they Call Tâpetętt [Yakima River] at about 8 miles distant, the evening being late I deturmined to return to the forks [Snake River with the Columbia River, to their camp at today's Sacajawea State Park], at which place I reached at Dark.     from the point [Sacajawea State Park] up the Columbia River is N. 83° W. 6 miles to the lower point of an Island near the Lard. Side     passed a Island in the middle of the river at 5 miles [Clover Island] at the head of which is a rapid, not dangerous on the Lard Side opposite to this rapid is a fishing place 3 Mat Lodges, and great quants. of Salmon on Scaffolds drying. ...

[Today the Pasco-Kennewick "Blue Bridge" is located at the upsteam head of Clover Island and the "Cable Bridge" is located on the downstream side.]

The Waters of this river is Clear, and a Salmon may be Seen at the deabth of 15 or 20 feet. West 4 miles to the lower point of a large island [Bateman Island] near the Stard. Side at 2 Lodges, passed three large lodges on the Stard Side near which great number of Salmon was drying on Scaffolds ...

[Today Columbia Park is located on the south side of the Columbia between Clover Island and Bateman Island, and stretches from Kennewick to Richland, with Pasco on the other side. Today these three cities are known as the "Tri-Cities".]

I Set out & halted or came too on the Island at the two Lodges [Bateman Island]. Several fish was given to me, in return for Which I gave Small pieces of ribbond from those Lodges the natives Showed me the mouth of Tap teel River [Yakima River] about 8 miles above on the west Side this western fork appears to beare nearly West, The main Columbia river N W.- a range of high land to the S W [Horse Heaven Hills] and parralal to the river and at the distance of 2 miles on the Lard. Side, the countrey low on the Stard. Side, and all Coverd. with a weed or plant about 2 & three feet high and resembles the whins. I can proceive a range of mountains to the East which appears to bare N. & South distant about 50 or 60 miles [Blue Mountains]. no wood to be Seen in any derection ...





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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:    "historylink.org" website, 2014,    Port of Kennewick, Clover Island Master Plan, 2005;    U.S. Bureau of Land Management website, 2014;   

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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