Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Gibbons Creek, Washington"
Includes ... Gibbons Creek ... Steigerwald Lake NWR ... Joseph Gibbons ... Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail ... Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder ...
Image, 2010, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Gibbons Creek, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.


Gibbons Creek ...
Gibbons Creek runs through the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, emptying into the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 126, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife maintains a fish ladder. Before entering the Refuge, Gibbons Creek runs along the eastern side of Clark County, Washington, and the City of Washougal.

"... Gibbons Creek is along the eastern edge of Clark County and includes the westernmost part of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. The watershed includes two subwatersheds. Gibbons Creek drains a southward sloping plateau between the Columbia River floodplain and the Washougal River. Gibbons Creek then passes into the Steigerwald subwatershed on the Columbia River floodplain and includes small streams draining to the floodplain. Gibbons Creek subwatershed also includes Campen Creek, which is the westernmost tributary to Gibbons Creek. Campen Creek is largely within the City of Washougal. ..." [get source]

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Image, 2012, Gibbons Creek, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Gibbons Creek, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2012.
Image, 2010, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Gibbons Creek, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.
Image, 2010, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Gibbons Creek, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.


Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail ...
Nearly three miles of trail are located within the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. As of 2010 the "art" along the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is still being added.
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Image, 2009, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Sign, Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2009.
Image, 2011, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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"Open doors", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Western door along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.


Joseph Gibbons ...
Gibbons Creek was named after Joseph Gibbons, an early "Oregon Trail" settler in the Washougal area. In November 1847, Gibbons, who had driven his cattle along the north bank of the Columbia from The Dalles after having crossed the Great Plains, settled near the mouth of the creek that bears his name. There he built a cabin and planted crops. A two-room school (the 2nd public school built north of the Columbia River) was built on this property. Today (2011), this is the location of the Orchard Hills Golf Course.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2011) shows Joseph and Maria Gibbons being granted title to 641 acres of T1N R4E, sections 9, 10, 15, and 16, on September 20, 1867 (Oregon-Donation Act, 1850).


Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder ...
The Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder was installed to return salmon, steelhead, and sea run cut-throat trout to Gibbons Creek. For nearly 20 years the fish were blocked from access to their spawning grounds by a pumping station in the Industrial Park (see Steigerwald Lake NWR) that lifted the creek over the dike. With the creation of the Refuge the creek was re-routed out of the Industrial Park and the fish ladder was installed.

Image, 2009, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2009.
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Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2009.
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Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken August 23, 2009.
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Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken August 23, 2009.
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Gibbons Creek Fish Ladder, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken August 23, 2009.


Columbia River from Gibbons Creek ...

Image, 2009, Steigerwald Lake NWR, click to enlarge
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Columbia River upstream, as seen from Gibbons Creek, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2009.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 3, 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

Sources:
  • "columbian.com" website, 2005;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management website, 2011, General Land Office Records (GLO);
  • Vancouver Audubon Society website, 2010;
  • Washougal School District website, 2011;


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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