Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Fog So Thick"
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Image, 2005, fog from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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View from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon, towards Puget Island and the Washington shore. The Columbia River and Puget Island, Washington, are under the fog. The hills of Washington State are in the distance. Image taken April 19, 2005.


"Fog So Thick" ... (November 3, 1805, near Rooster Rock)
More than once along their journey Lewis and Clark mention the thick fog which formed along the Columbia. On November 3, 1805, it delayed their leaving their camp at Rooster Rock.

"... The fog So thick this morning we did not think it prudent to Set out untill 10 oClock we Set out and proceeded on verry well, accompanied by our Indian friends ...     The Countrey has a handsom appearance in advance no mountains extensive bottoms the water Shallow for a great distance from Shore . The fog continued thick untill 12 oClock, we Coasted, and halted at the mouth of a large river on the Lard Side ..." [Clark, November 3, 1805, first draft]

"... The Fog So thick this morning that we could not See a man 50 Steps off, this fog detained us untill 10 oClock at which time we Set out ..." [Clark, November 3, 1805]

"... The morning was foggy: one of the men went out and killed a fine buck. At 9 we proceeded on, but could not see the country we were passing, on account of the fog, which was very thick till noon when it disappeared, and we had a beautiful day. ..." [Gass, November 3, 1805]

"... a foggy morning. the geese verry pleanty on a marshey green below the Camp. ...     we perceive the tide rise and fall a little at this place. ...     about 9 oClock we set out and proceeded on the fog So thick that we could not See across the River. ..." [Ordway, November 3, 1805]

"... . the fog So thick this morning that we cannot See more than one hundred yards distance. agreeable to all calculations it cannot be more than two hundred miles from this to the ocean. ...    we then Set out abt. 9 oC. and proceeded on the fog continued So thick that we could Scarsely See the Shores or Island ..." [Whitehouse, November 3, 1805, first draft]

"... The fog got so thick that we could not see 100 Yards distance from the Camp. We find agreeable to the best calculation we can make that we are not more than 200 Miles from the Ocean. ...     We then set out on our Voyage, the fog continuing so thick, that we could scarcely see the Shores or Islands as we passed along ..." [Whitehouse, November 3, 1805]

Foggy Days ...

Image, 2004, fog, click to enlarge
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"Fog So Think". View near Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 20, 2004.
Image, 2006, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington. River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 30, 2006.
Image, 2005, Fog, On the Lewis and Clark Bridge, click to enlarge
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"Fog So Thick". View heading west to Oregon on the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Image taken November 15, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 3, 1805, first draft ...


Clark, November 3, 1805 ...





Clark, November 7, 1805 ...




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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

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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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