Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Green Lake, Washington"
Includes ... Green Lake ...
Image, 2005, Green Lake, Ridgefield, Washington, click to enlarge
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Green Lake, Ridgefield, Washington. Image taken _____.

Green Lake ...
Green Lake lies on the floodplain of the Columbia River at approximate River Mile (RM) 95. To the north lies the main body of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and to the south lies Shillapoo Lake and Vancouver Lake. To the west lies Lake River and Post Office Lake, while to the east lies the basalt ridge which gave the community of Ridgefield its name.

Ridgeport Diary Unit, Ridgefield NWR ...
Post Office Lake is within the Ridgeport Dairy Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The Ridgeport Dairy Unit has preservation of the natural Columbia River floodplain as its goal.

Early Green Lake ...
On the 1860, 1862, and 1863 cadastral survey maps (tax survey) for T3N R1W, Green Lake is shown as "Green's Lake". Lake River is shown and called "Vancouver Slough".

The 1888 "Clarke County, Washington Territory" map by R.A. Habersham, shows "Green's Lake".

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2018) shows William Green was granted title to 323 acres of T3N R1E, Sections 18 and 19 on August 7, 1878 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).

The 1897 U.S. Geological Survey's 1:62,000 scale "Portland Quadrangle" topographic map shows "Green Lake".

Early Maps ...

Image, 1888, Clark County map detail,  click to enlarge
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1888 map detail, showing "Campbell's Lake", "Dillon's Lake" (Post Office Lake), and "Green's Lake", from "Clarke County, Washington Territory", by R.A. Habersham. Original map courtesy U.S. Library of Congress, 2017.
Image, 1897, topographic map, Shillapoo Lake,  click to enlarge
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1897 Topographic Map detail showing Vancouver Lake Lowlands from Post Office Lake to Shillapoo Lake. U.S. Geological Survey's "Portland Quadrangle", 1:62,000 scale, original courtesy Perry-Castaneda Library, University of Texas Libraries, 2018.

Including Post Office Lake, Green Lake, Round Lake, Curtis Lake, Shillapoo Lake, Buckmire Slough, and the northern half of Vancouver Lake.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 4, 1805 ...

Clark, November 5, 1805 ...

Clark, March 30, 1806 ...

Vancouver PlainsReturn 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


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.
August 2015