Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Willow Bar Islands and Willow Point, Sauvie Island, Oregon"
Includes ... Willow Bar ... Willow Bar Islands ... Willow Point ... "Willow Bar Point" ... "Lower Willow Bar" ...
Image, 2005, Willow Bar Islands, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Willow Bar Islands, looking across the slough. Image taken November 20, 2005.


Willow Bar Islands ...
The Willow Bar Islands are located on the east side of Sauvie Island at Columbia River Mile (RM) 95, directly across from Post Office Lake and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The Willow Bar islands are situated at the upstream end of Willow Point. The slough separating the Islands from Sauvie Island today is a private boat moorage. The Willow Bar Islands were at one known known as "Lower Willow Bar", with the area of Frenchmans Bar and Caterpillar Island on the Washington side being known as the "Upper Willow Bar". Lieutenant Broughton in 1792 spent the night of October 28 in the Willow Bar area. In 1805 Lewis and Clark spent the night of November 4 on the Washington shore across from the Willow Bar Islands.

Willow Point ...
Willow Point is located downstream of the Willow Bar Islands, at Columbia River Mile (RM) 94. Across from Willow Point on the Washington side of the Columbia was located Fales Landing, an old landing site on the Columbia.

From Oregon Geographic Names (McArthur and McArthur, 2003):

"... Willow Point, COLUMBIA. This point is on the northeastern part of Sauvie Island. In the opinion of the writer, it is the place mentioned by Lt. William Broughton in his report to Capt. George Vancouver for the day of October 28, 1792, when he stated that 'he proceeded up what he considered the main branch of the river, until eight in the evening; when under the shelter of some willows, they took up their lodging for the night on a low sandy point.' This was just after Broughton had passed the lower end of Sauvie Island. ..."

Lieut. Broughton and Willow Point, 1792 ...
On October 28, 1792, Lieutenant Broughton of the British Captain George Vancouver Expedition, camped at Willow Point.

"On the banks of Rushleigh's river [Lewis River] was seen a very large Indian village ... he [Broughton] proceeded up that which he considered to be the main branch of the river, until eight in the evening; when, under the shelter of some willows, they took up their lodging for the night on a low sandy point [Willow Point, Sauvie Island] ... " [Broughton, October 28, 1792]

Early Willow Bar and Willow Point ...
In 1792 Lieut. William Broughton, of the Capt. George Vancouver Expedition, camped at Willow Point.

The 1825 map of the Hudsons Bay Company shows "Willow Point".

The 1888, U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey's "Columbia River Sheet No.6, Fales Landing to Portland" (Chart No.6145) shows "Lake River", "Post Office Lake", "Halfway Pt." (Knapp Point), and "Knapp Landg." (Knapp Landing). On the Oregon side across from Post Office Lake is "Lower Willow Bar", the location of today's Willow Bar Islands, and "Willow Bar Pt.", today's Willow Point.


Early Maps ...

Image, 1792, North end Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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1792 Map detail, Lieut. William Broughton of the Capt. George Vancouver Expedition, the Columbia River showing the northern end of Sauvie Island. Original map courtesy U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2019.
Image, 1825, Hudson's Bay Company, click to enlarge
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1825 Map detail, Hudson's Bay Company, Columbia River from Willow Point (Sauvie Island) to Fort Vancouver. Original map courtesy Washington State Historical Society.
Image, 1888, Map detail, NOAA,  click to enlarge
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1888, Map detail, Oregon's Willow Bar, Washington's Lake River, Post Office Lake, and Knapp Landing, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey's Chart #6145, "Columbia River, Fales Landing to Portland, Sheet #6", 1888.

Includes "Lower Willow Bar", "Lake River, "Post Office Lake", "Halfway Pt." and "Knapp's Landg.".


Views ...

Image, 2005, Willow Bar Island, Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Willow Bar Islands, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Looking down slough towards the Columbia River. Image taken November 20, 2005.
Image, 2005, Willow Bar Island, Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Willow Bar Islands, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Looking up the slough. Image taken November 20, 2005.
Image, 2005, Willow Bar Island, Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Willow Bar Islands, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2005.
Image, 2005, Willow Bar Island, Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Reflections, Willow Bar Islands, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 4, 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:
  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland;
  • Washington State Historical Society website, 2008, "Columbia River 1825";


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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