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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Two Rivers County Park, Washington"
Image, 2003, Two Rivers County Park, click to enlarge
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Two Rivers County Park, Kennewick, Washington. Two Rivers County Park is across the Columbia River from where the Snake River joins the Columbia River. Image taken September 29, 2003.


Two Rivers County Park ...
The 273-acre Two Rivers County Park is located on the right bank of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 325, just southeast of Kennewick, Washington. The Park is maintained by Benton County under a lease from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

"... The property was previously farmland (condemned as flood plain) when McNary Dam was constructed in the early 1950s. The 20-acre lagoon was created when the property was excavated for dirt fill used in construction of the adjacent dike. This park contains a wide variety of habitats which provide year-round forage and shelter for many resident and migratory birds. Passerines and raptors are are often found in the thickets along the base of the dike, the small marsh adjacent to the playground, and the many deciduous and evergreen trees. Scan the Columbia River (Lake Wallula) and the park lagoon for loons, grebes, waterfowl and the occasional shorebird. Walk the nature trail along the edge of the extensive marshland in the undeveloped portion of the park for additional sightings. ..." [Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Website, 2007]

Two Rivers County Park is located directly across the Columbia from Sacajawea State Park, where Lewis and Clark spent two nights in October, 1805. Also directly across from Two River County Park is the mouth of the Snake River where it merges with the Columbia. Behind Two Rivers County Park rise the Horse Heaven Hills and downstream of the park is located the upstream end of the Wallula Gap.


Image, 2003, Two Rivers County Park, click to enlarge
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Two Rivers County Park, Kennewick, Washington. Two Rivers County Park is across the Columbia River from where the Snake River joins the Columbia River. Image taken September 29, 2003.


Views from Two Rivers County Park ...

Two Rivers County Park offers good views of Sacajawea State Park and the mouth of the Snake River, which are located directly across from Two Rivers. Downstream the Blue Mountains can barely be seen on the horizon.

Image, 2003, Columbia River and Sacajawea State Park, click to enlarge
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Looking across from Two Rivers County Park. Two Rivers County Park is directly across from where the Snake River (on right) joins the Columbia River. This "point" of land between the two rivers is today's Sacajawea State Park. Image taken September 29, 2003.
Image, 2003, Columbia River downstream of Two Rivers County Park, click to enlarge
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Columbia River looking downsteam from Two Rivers County Park. The Blue Mountains are low along the horizon in the distance. Image taken September 29, 2003.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 16, 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: Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society website, 2007; 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.
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