Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Ryan Island, Washington"
Includes ... Ryan Island ...
Image, 2003, Ryan Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Ryan Island, Washington. Ryan Island, Washington, part of the Puget Island "complex", off the northwestern corner of Puget Island. Image taken November 9, 2003.


Ryan Island ...
Ryan Island lies off the northwestern corner of Puget Island at the mouth of the Cathlamet Channel. Directly across the channel from Ryan Island are the Hunting Islands. Ryan Island is 1.1 miles long and is named for Martin Ryan, who acquired the island in 1917. In 1982 the U.S. Board of Geographic Names made official "Ryan Island".

Image, 2003, Puget Island and Ryan Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Puget Island and Ryan Island, Washington. Downstream tip of Puget Island with Ryan Island just visible on the far side (north) of Puget Island. View from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Image taken August 2, 2003.


Early Ryan Island ...
Neither Ryan Island off the northwestern edge of Puget Island, nor Coffee Pot Island off the southern edge of Puget Island are depicted by on the 1841 map by Charles Wilkes, of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.

The 1948 NOAA Nautical Chart #6152, "Harrington Point to Crims Island", has only the label "marsh" on Ryan Island, and Coffee Pot Island is unnamed. Later charts list Coffee Pot Island as "Sand I.".

The name Coffee Pot Island appears on the 1982 NOAA Nautical Chart, however the name Ryan Island does not. The 1985 Chart has both names.

In 1982 the U.S. Board of Geographic Names made "Ryan Island" the official name for the island, after Martin Ryan who acquired the island in 1917.

See Puget Island for more Early History.


Ryan Island Reflections ...

Image, 2003, Ryan Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Ryan Island, Washington. Ryan Island, Washington, part of the Puget Island "complex", off the northwestern corner of Puget Island. Image taken November 9, 2003.
Image, 2005, Reflection, Ryan Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Reflection, Ryan Island, Washington. Ryan Island, Washington, part of the Puget Island "complex", off the northwestern corner of Puget Island. Image taken March 5, 2005.
Image, 2005, Reflection, Ryan Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Reflection, Ryan Island, Washington. Ryan Island, Washington, part of the Puget Island "complex", off the northwestern corner of Puget Island. Image taken March 5, 2005.
Image, 2005, Reflection, Ryan Island, Washington, click to enlarge
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Reflection, Ryan Island, Washington. Ryan Island, Washington, part of the Puget Island "complex", off the northwestern corner of Puget Island. Image taken March 5, 2005.


Cathlamet, Puget Island, and Ryan Island ...
[More Cathlamet]
[More Puget Island]

Image, 2005, Cathlamet, Washington, as seen from Puget Island, click to enlarge
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Cathlamet, Washington, as seen from Puget Island. Ryan Island is on the left. Image taken March 5, 2005.


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:
  • NOAA Office of Coast Surveys website, 2005;
  • U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2006;


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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