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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Steamboat Slough Road, Washington"
Includes ... Steamboat Slough Road ...
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.


Steamboat Slough Road ...
Steamboat Slough Road follows the levee on the southwestern edge of the mainland unit of the Julia Butler Wildlife Refuge and is a pleasant way to drive from Cathlamet to Skamokawa. The road follows the Elochoman Slough with views of the Hunting Islands, passes Hornstra Beach, and then goes past Price Island following the Steamboat Slough into Skamokawa. One section of the road opens up with wide-open views of the Columbia River, where an information kiosk about Lewis and Clark and the White Sturgeon is located.

"A Great Number of Sturgeon" ...
On the Washington shore of the Columbia River along the Steamboat Slough Road is located an information sign about Lewis and Clark and the White Sturgeon in the Columbia River. Lewis and Clark wrote about the sturgeon they viewed on Puget Island.
"... after dinner we passed the river to a large Island and continued our rout allong the side of the same about a mile when we arrived at a Cathlahmah fishing cam of one lodge; here we found 3 men 2 women and a couple of boys, who from appearances had remained here some time for the purpose of taking sturgeon, which they do by trolling.     they had ten or douzen very fine sturgeon which had not been long taken. ..." [Lewis, March 25, 1806]

"... Tuesday March 25th     This morning early a Canoe with some of the Natives of the Clatsop Tribe came to where our Canoes lay, their Canoe was loaded with fish & Wapatoes roots. the wind & tide being against us, We had to delay at our encampment, until 1 o'clock P. M. at which time we proceeded on our voyage, and met two Canoes with Indians, who were descending the River. We continued on, & crossed over to an Island, on which we found a fishing Camp of the Cath-le-mah Indians, These Indians had a great number of Sturgeon laying tied at the Edge of the water, which were fastened to Stakes drove into the ground. ..." [Whitehouse, March 25, 1806]


Image, 2000, Information Sign, click to enlarge
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"A Great Number of Sturgeon", Lewis and Clark information kiosk. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, Steamboat Slough Road. Welch Island is in the distance. Image taken October 13, 2007.
Image, 2000, Information Sign, click to enlarge
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"A Great Number of Sturgeon", Lewis and Clark information sign. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, Steamboat Slough Road. Image taken October 13, 2007.
Image, 2000, Information Sign, click to enlarge
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Detail, "A Great Number of Sturgeon", Lewis and Clark information sign. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, Steamboat Slough Road. Image taken October 13, 2007.


Gull ...

Image, 2000, Gull, click to enlarge
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Gull landing on the Columbia River. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, Steamboat Slough Road. Image taken October 13, 2007.
Image, 2000, Gull, click to enlarge
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Gull on the Columbia River. View from the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge, Steamboat Slough Road. Image taken October 13, 2007.


Views along the Road ...

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, 2005, Hornstra Beach, click to enlarge
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Hornstra Beach, Steamboat Slough Road, Washington. Image taken July 28, 2005.
Image, 2005, Welch Island and Price Island, click to enlarge
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Welch Island, Oregon (left) and tip of Price Island, Washington (right). View from the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge, on Steamboat Slough Road, just upstream of Price Island. Image taken July 28, 2005.
Image, 2011, Welch Island and Price Island, click to enlarge
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Price Island with Steamboat Slough on the right. View from Steamboat Slough Road, just upstream of Price Island. Image taken January 26, 2011.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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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:

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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