Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Coyote Wall, Locke Lake, and Straight Point, Bingen Gap, Washington"
Includes ... Coyote Wall ... Locke Lake ... Straight Point ... Bingen Gap ... Bingen Anticline ...
Image, 2015, Coyote Wall, Washington State Highway 14, Bingen, Washington, click to enlarge
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Coyote Wall, Bingen Gap basalts, Bingen, Washington. Washington State Highway 14 in the foreground. Image taken February 23, 2015.


Bingen Gap ...
The Bingen Gap is an approximately four-mile constriction of the Columbia River located just upstream of Hood River, Oregon and Bingen, Washington. The gap is a large anticline/syncline feature of Columbia River Basalt through which the Columbia River carved its channel. The Oregon side of the Bingen Gap stretches from the Oregon communities of Hood River upstream to Mosier and the Washington side stretches from approximately the community of Bingen upstream to the Coyote Wall.
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Coyote Wall ...
On the Washington State side of the Bingen Gap is the "Coyote Wall", a steep massive basalt cliff, rising to 1,800 feet. The west side of Coyote Wall is steep and the east side is sloping fields leading to the natural amphitheater and lake of Rowland Basin. Further east, overlooking Rowland Basin is the "Rowland Wall", another massive cliff. A three-mile trail leads from the Columbia River to a 1,800-foot high point on top of Coyote Wall.

Locke Lake ...
Nestled in on the west side of Coyote Wall and Straight Point is Locke Lake. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office Records (GLO) database shows a Bruce Locke being granted title to 80.00 acres of T3N R11E, the eastern half of the northeast quarter of Section 34, on May 27, 1907 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry). This is located just above today's Locke Lake. The database also shows Wesley Locke obtaining title to 40 acres of T3N R11E, northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 35, on January 21, 1922 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry). This would be located on the northwest corner of today's Rowland Lake. A 1913 Klickitat County Map (Geo. A. Ogle & Co.) however shows Wesley Locke owning acreage bordering the Columbia River on both sides of Straight's Point, on the former David Strait claim.

Straight Point ...
At the toe of the Coyote Wall is a small cape known as "Straight Point" (occasionally seen as "Straights Point"), located at Columbia River Mile (RM) 175. Straight Point is where the Coyote Wall meets the Columbia River. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office Records (GLO) database shows David Strait being granted title to 81.10 acres of T3N R11E, parts of Sections 34 and 35, on January 20, 1883 (1862 Homestead EntryOriginal). The database also shows David Strait being granted title to 221.60 acres of T3N R11E, parts of Section 35, on May 16, 1893 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry).

Early Maps ...

Historical, 1874 Cadastral Survey Map, Straight Point and Rowland Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Detail, 1874 Cadastral Survey Map of T3N, R11E, showing locations of today's Straight's Point (in Section 35) and Rowland Lake (in Section 36). Original map courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Cadastral Survey database, 2016.
Historical, 1913 Klickitat County Map, Straight Point and Rowland Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Detail, 1913 Klickitat County Map showing T3N, R11E, Sections 34, 35, 36, and the Wesley Locke and R.O. Rowlan properties. Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.
Historical, 1913 Klickitat County Map, Straight Point and Rowland Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Detail, 1934 Klickitat County Map showing T3N, R11E, Sections 34, 35, 36, and the Wesley Locke and Amy Locke properties, and the location of today's Rowland Lake. Highway shown is known as today's "old Highway 8". Original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.


Views ...

Image, 2017, Coyote Wall, click to enlarge
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Coyote Wall as seen from Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
Image, 2015, Coyote Wall, Washington State Highway 14, Bingen, Washington, click to enlarge
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Coyote Wall, Bingen Gap basalts, Bingen, Washington. Image taken February 23, 2015.
Image, 2014, Locke Lake from Washington State Route 14, Washington, click to enlarge
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Locke Lake as seen from Washington State Route 14. View from moving car heading west. Image taken March 12, 2014.
Image, 2015, Locke Lake from Washington State Route 14, Washington, click to enlarge
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Locke Lake as seen from Washington State Route 14. View from moving car heading west. Image taken September 26, 2015.
Image, 2018, Coyote Lake and Locke Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Coyote Lake and Locke Lake. Just east of Bingen, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2018.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 29, 1805, first draft ...





Clark, April 14, 1806 ...




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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:    See Bingen;   

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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