Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Dougs Beach, Washington"
Includes ... Dougs Beach ... Dougs Beach State Park ... "the friendly Village" ...
Image, 2008, Dougs Beach, Washington, as seen from Rowena Crest, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Dougs Beach, Washington, from Rowena Crest, Oregon. Image taken August 23, 2008.

Dougs Beach ...
Dougs Beach State Park is a 400-acre, undeveloped day-use park on the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 183. Across the Columbia on the Oregon side is Mayer State Park and upstream on the Oregon side is Crates Point. Downstream on the Oregon side is Rowena Crest. Downstream on the Washington side is the Washington town of Lyle and the mouth of the Klickitat River. Dougs Beach is one of the top windsurfing beaches in the Columbia River Gorge and is rated for advanced sailors. Parking is along the south side of Washington State Highway 14. There is a pedestrian walkway behind the vehicle-parking area, fenced from passing trains. Visitors access the beach down a paved path with railroad-crossing arms and signals. Dougs Beach acquired its name from a windsurfer who used to frequent the beach when the sport was in its infancy.

"The Friendly Village" ...
On October 29, 1805, Lewis and Clark stopped for supplies at an Indian village in the vicinity of today's park. They referred to the village as the "Friendly Village".

"... a Cloudy morning    wind Still from th West not hard, we Set out at day light proceeded on about 5 miles and Came too at a Lodge of a Chief which we made at the upper village at th falls    about his house there is Six others     This chief gave us to eate Sackacommis burries Hasel nuts fish Pounded, and a kind of Bread made of roots— we gave to the Women pices of ribon, which they appeared pleased with— those houses are large 25 feet Sqr and contain abt. 8 men, Say 30 inhabitents—     Those people are friendly    gave us to eate fish Beries, nuts bread of roots & Drid beries and we Call this the friendly Village   : We purchased 12 dogs of them & 4 Sacks of Pounded fish, and Some fiew Dried Berries and proceeded on    at 4 miles further we landed to Smoke a pipe with the people of a village of 11 houses     we found those people also friendly    Their Village is Situated imediately below the mouth of a River of 60 yards water which falls in on the Stard. Side and heads in the mountains to the N. & N, E, the Indians inform us that this river is long <but> and full of falls    no Salmon pass up it. ..." [Clark, October 29, 1805, first draft]

The "friendly Village" is in the vicinity of today's Dougs Beach, while the second village is near today's Lyle, Washington. The river was the Klickitat River.

View from Doug's Beach ...

Image, 2005, Oregon banks from Dougs Beach, Washington, click to enlarge
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Oregon banks of the Columbia, as seen from Dougs Beach, Washington. Image taken June 4, 2005.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 29, 1805 ...

Columbia River GorgeReturn to

*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

  • Washington State Parks and Recreation website, 2005;

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.
October 2011