Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Hunting Islands, Washington"
Includes ... Hunting Islands ...
Image, 2003, Hunting Islands, Washington, click to enlarge
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Hunting Islands, as seen from Puget Island. The Hunting Islands are part of the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge. Cathlamet, Washington, is visible on the right. Image taken November 9, 2003.


Hunting Islands ...
The two-and-one-half-mile long Hunting Islands are part of the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for Columbian White-tailed Deer, and are located on the Washington side of the Columbia River, just downstream from Cathlamet, Washington, and across from the downstream end of Puget Island and upstream end of Tenasillahe Island. The Hunting Islands are a group of two islands (and one small one) separated by sloughs, with the Elochoman Slough separating them from the Washington shore. The mouth of the Elochoman River, Washington, merges with the Elochoman Slough behind the Hunting Islands. Views of the Hunting Islands can be had by following the Steamboat Slough Road along the southwestern edge of the Wildlife Refuge.

Early Hunting Islands ...
The 1871 cadastral survey (tax survey) for T9N R6W has today's Hunting Islands shown as one island labeled "Cathlamet Island". The Elochoman Slough was labeled "Cathlamet Slough", and the Elochoman River was "Strongs River".

The 1889 U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries "Chart of the Columbia River ... Illustrating the Condition of the Salmon Fishery, Season of 1888-9" (Plate XXXII) has the Hunting Islands labeled as "Hunting Islands".

The U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database lists "Hunting Islands" as the official name with "Hunting Island" as a variant.


Views ...

Image, 2005, Elochoman Slough, click to enlarge
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Elochoman Slough, Washington. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, with one of the Hunting Islands in the background. Image taken July 28, 2005.
Image, 2004, Hunting Islands and Elochoman Slough, click to enlarge
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One of the Hunting Islands and the Elochoman Slough. As seen from the Washington State part of the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge. Image taken April 9, 2004.
Image, 2000, Elochoman Slough, click to enlarge
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View of the Elochoman Slough and Columbia River, from Steamboat Slough Road. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, with one of the Hunting Islands on the left. Image taken October 13, 2007.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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

Sources:
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management website, 2007;
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2007;


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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