Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Duncan Creek, Washington"
Includes ... Duncan Creek ... Shahala Lake ... Duncan Lake ... Duncan Creek Dam ... Skamania Landing ...
Image, 2015, Duncan Creek, click to enlarge
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Duncan Creek as seen from Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken February 14, 2015.


Duncan Creek ...
Duncan Creek lies west of Woodard Creek and enters the Columbia River at RM 140.5, on the east side of Skamania Landing. Before reaching the Columbia River, Duncan Creek flows southeast and then northeast into Shahala Lake, the reservoir behind the 120-foot-long Duncan Creek Dam. The Skamania General Store lies just upstream of Duncan Creek where the Creek crosses Washington State Route 14.

Lewis and Clark and Woodard and Duncan Creeks ...
Lewis and Clark spotted Woodard and Duncan Creeks on November 2, 1805.

"... passed three Islands covered with tall timber opposit the Beatin rock     Those Islands are nearest the Starboard Side, iimediately below on the Stard. Side passed a village of nine houses, which is Situated between 2 Small Creeks ..." [Clark, November 2, 1805]

On April 9, 1806, on their return upriver, Lewis and Clark stopped at the village between the two creeks. Today's Skamania and Skamania Landing are located near the location of that village.


Image, 2004, at Skamania Landing looking upstream, click to enlarge
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Columbia River shoreline upstream from Skamania Landing, Washington. Drainage from Duncan Creek/Duncan Lake is visible on the left. View from the boat dock. Image taken August 1, 2004.


Early Duncan Creek ...
The 1911 U.S. Geological Survey's 1:125,000 topo map for "Mount Hood and Vicinity" has "Duncan Creek" and "Woodward Creek" named.

Image, 2015, Duncan Creek, click to enlarge
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Duncan Creek as seen from Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken February 14, 2015.
Image, 2015, Duncan Creek, click to enlarge
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Duncan Creek as seen from Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken February 14, 2015.


Duncan Creek, etc.

  • Duncan Creek Dam ...
  • Shahala Lake and Park ...
  • Skamania Landing ...


Duncan Creek Dam ...
Duncan Creek Dam was constructed in the early 1960s and then modified to help Chum Salmon migrate into the creek.

Image, 2015, Duncan Creek Dam, click to enlarge
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Duncan Creek Dam as seen from Bridge, Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken January 25, 2015.
Image, 2015, Duncan Creek Dam, click to enlarge
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Duncan Creek Dam as seen from Bridge, Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken January 25, 2015.


Shahala Lake and Park ...
Shahala Lake is the reservoir behind the Duncan Creek Dam.
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Image, 2014, Shahala Park, Skamania Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sign, Shahala Park, Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken March 21, 2014.
Image, 2014, Shahala Lake, Skamania Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Shahala Lake, Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken March 21, 2014.
Image, 2014, Shahala Lake, Skamania Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Shahala Lake, Skamania Landing, Washington. Image taken March 21, 2014.


Skamania Landing ...
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Image, 2005, at Skamania Landing looking across, click to enlarge
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At Skamania Landing dock, looking across the Columbia River. Image taken February 26, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...





Clark, April 9, 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:
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2008;
  • U.S. Geological Survey Board of Geographic Names website, 2013;


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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