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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Vancouver Plains"

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From Cottonwood Beach Camp to Longview, Washington, and the mouth of the Cowlitz River --- today the site of the cities of Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon ...



Image, 2012, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
In April 1806, Lewis and Clark spent 6 days camped on this beach, while their hunters were out looking for game.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 11, 2012
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Image, 2012, Cottonwood Beach looking upstream Cottonwood Beach, looking upstream, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 11, 2012
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Image, 2012, Cottonwood Beach looking upstream Cottonwood Beach, looking downstream, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 11, 2012
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Image, 2012, Captain William Clark Park, Washougal, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
In April 1806, Lewis and Clark spent 6 days camped on this beach, while their hunters were out looking for game.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 11, 2012
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Image, 2005, Captain William Clark Park, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 27, 2005.
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Image, 2005, Captain William Clark Park, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 27, 2005.
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Image, 2005, Captain William Clark Park, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 27, 2005.
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Image, 2005, Captain William Clark Park, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 27, 2005.
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Image, 2012, Captain William Clark Park, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, February 2, 2012.
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Image, 2012, Captain William Clark Park, Washington Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, February 2, 2012.
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Image, 2003, Lewis and Clark Camp Sign, Washougal, Washington Lewis and Clark Campsite Sign, March 31- April 6, 1806, Washougal, Washington:
Sign at Marina, Washougal, Washingon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 25, 2003
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Images, 2003, Steamboat Landing, Washington Steamboat Landing, Cottonwood Beach, and Mount Hood:
Looking up the Columbia River at Steamboat Landing (Washougal, Washington), with Cottonwood Beach (Washington) and Mount Hood (Oregon) in the background.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 3, 2003.
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Images, 2004, Steamboat Landing, Washington Steamboat Landing, Washington:
Looking up the Columbia River at Steamboat Landing (Washougal, Washington), with Cottonwood Beach (Washington) and Mount Hood (Oregon) in the background.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2004, Steamboat Landing Park, Washougal, Washington Steamboat Landing Park, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2004, Looking upstream from Steamboat Landing Looking upstream from Steamboat Landing, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2004, Looking downstream from Steamboat Landing Looking downstream from Steamboat Landing, Washougal, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2003, Chamberlain Hill, Oregon, from Washougal, Washington Chamberlain Hill, Oregon, from Washougal, Washington:
Image taken from Washougal Marina, Washougal, Washington. Chamberlain Hill is a Boring Lava cone. The Sandy River Delta is on the right.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 3, 2003
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Images, 2003, Mount Hood, Oregon, from Washougal, Washington Mount Hood from Washougal, Washington:
Image taken from just east of Washougal Marina, Washougal, Washington. Reed Island is in the foreground and Crown Point, Oregon, is visible on the Oregon banks of the Columbia River.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 3, 2003
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Images, 2004, Mount Hood, Oregon, from Washougal, Washington Mount Hood from Washougal, Washington:
Image taken from just east of Washougal Marina, Washougal, Washington. Reed Island is in the foreground.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, December 27, 2004
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Images, 2003, Mount Hood, Oregon Mount Hood from Washougal, Washington:
Image taken from Washougal Marina, Washougal, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 3, 2003
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Images, 2004, Parkers Landing Historical Park, Washougal, Washington Parkers Landing Historical Park, Washougal, Washington:
Washougal originally was called Parkers Landing and then Parkersville. The Historical Park is next to the Washougal Marina.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2004, Parkers Landing Historical Park, Washougal, Washington Parkers Landing Historical Park, Washougal, Washington, sign:
Washougal originally was called Parkers Landing and then Parkersville. The Historical Park is next to the Washougal Marina.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2005, Washougal River, Washington Washougal River, Washington, as seen from Washington State Highway 14:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 1, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Washougal River, Washington Washougal River, Washington, as seen from Washington State Highway 14:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 1, 2005.
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Images, 2004, Washougal River, Washington, looking upstream Washougal River, Washington, looking upstream:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Images, 2004, Washougal River, Washington, looking downstream Washougal River, Washington, looking downstream:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 21, 2004.
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Eastern mouth of the Sandy River.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 25, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Oregon Crossing the Sandy River Delta dike/dam, Sandy River, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 28, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River, Oregon Upper (eastern) mouth, Sandy River, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River, Oregon Upper (eastern) mouth, Sandy River, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Maya Lin Bird Blind Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 25, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Maya Lin Bird Blind Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Maya Lin Bird Blind Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Maya Lin Bird Blind Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Maya Lin Bird Blind Clark's Nutcracker, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2009, Sandy River Delta, Maya Lin Bird Blind Lewis' Woodpecker, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, September 19, 2009
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Image, 2010, Sandy River, from airliner Sandy River as seen from airliner landing at PDX:
Day overcast and drizzly.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 10, 2010.
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Image, 2005, Broughton Bluff and the Sandy River, Oregon Broughton Bluff and the Sandy River from Interstate 84:
Broughton Bluff is the northwest corner of Chamberlain Hill, and it borders the right bank of the Sandy River.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 15, 2005
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Image, 2003, Sandy River, Oregon, towards I-84 Bridge Sandy River, Oregon:
Sandy River, Oregon, looking downstream towards the Interstate-84 Bridge. Image taken from just downstream of Lewis and Clark State Park.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 18, 2003
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Image, 2003, Sandy River, Oregon Sandy River, Oregon:
Sandy River, Oregon, looking upstream. Image taken from Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 18, 2003
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Image, 2003, Sandy River, Oregon Sandy River, Oregon:
Sandy River, Oregon, looking downstream. Image taken from Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 18, 2003
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Image, 2005, Sandy River, Oregon, looking downstream Sandy River, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 27, 2005.
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Image, 2005, Stark Street Bridge, Sandy River, Oregon, looking downstream Stark Street Bridge, Sandy River, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 27, 2005.
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Image, 2004, Sandy River Bridge, Oregon, looking downstream Sandy River, Oregon, looking downstream from bridge:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 27, 2004.
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Image, 2004, Sandy River Bridge, Oregon, Historic Sign Sandy River, Oregon, Historic Sign:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 27, 2004.
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Image, 2005, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 22, 2005
Image, 2003, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 18, 2003
Image, 2005, Broughton Bluff, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon Broughton Bluff, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 15, 2005
Image, 2005, Sandy River from Dabney State Recreation Area, Oregon Sandy River from Dabney State Recreation Area, Oregon:
Lewis and Clark explored the Sandy River upstream to approximately this location.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 19, 2005
Image, 2005, Dabney State Recreation Area, Oregon Dabney State Recreation Area, Sandy River, Oregon:
Lewis and Clark explored the Sandy River upstream to approximately this location.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 19, 2005
Image, 2010, Troutdale, Oregon "Gateway to the Gorge", Troutdale, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 17, 2011.
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Images, 2005, Lady Island, Washington Lady Island, Washington, as seen from Washington State Highway 14:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 1, 2005.
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Images, 2003, Lady Island and Camas, Washington Lady Island and Camas, Washington:
Looking across the Columbia River towards Lady Island and Camas, Washington. Image taken from Chinook Landing Marine Park, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 18, 2003
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Images, 2004, Prune Hill, Washington, from Chinook Landing, Oregon Prune Hill, Washington, from Chinook Landing, Oregon:
Looking across the Columbia River towards Prune Hill, Washington. Prune Hill is one of the cones of the Boring Lava Field. The downstream end of Lady Island is low trees along the Columbia. Image taken from Chinook Landing Marine Park, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 11, 2004
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Images, 2004, Tug and Barge on the Columbia, from Chinook Landing, Oregon Columbia River with tug and barge:
View just downstream of Lady Island, Washington, as seen from Chinook Landing Marine Park, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 11, 2004
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Image, 2010, Fairview Lake and Blue Lake, from airliner Fairview Lake (foreground) and Blue Lake (middle) and Columbia River, as seen from airliner landing at PDX:
Day overcast and drizzly.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 10, 2010.
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Images, 2005, Blue Lake Regional Park Blue Lake Regional Park, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 19, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Blue Lake Regional Park Blue Lake Regional Park, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 19, 2005.
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Images, 2008, Lacamas Lake Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 25, 2008.
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Images, 2007, Lacamas Creek Pothole Falls, Lacamas Creek, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, April 28, 2007.
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Images, 2007, Round Lake Round Lake trail, near Camas, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, April 28, 2007.
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Images, 2007, Round Lake Round Lake, Camas, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, April 28, 2007.
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Images, 2007, Round Lake Camas fields above Camas, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, April 28, 2007.
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Images, 2007, Round Lake Camas fields above Camas, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, April 28, 2007.
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Images, 2008, Lacamas Lake Double-crested Cormorants, Lacamas Lake, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 25, 2008.
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Images, 2005, Columbia River looking upstream from Fishers Landing Columbia River looking upstream from Fishers Landing, Washington:
Mount Hood, Oregon, is in the distance with Government Island on the right.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 21, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Pilings, Fishers Landing, Washington Old pilings at Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 21, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Beach, Fishers Landing Beach, Fishers Landing, Washington:
Looking downstream from Fishers Landing. The Interstate 205 Bridge is in the background.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 25, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Beach, Fishers Landing Trader on beach, Fishers Landing, Washington:
The Interstate 205 Bridge is in the background.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 25, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Fishers Landing from the beach Fishers Landing, Washington, as seen from the beach just downstream:
Government Island is in the background.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 25, 2005.
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Images, 2004, Fog so thick "Fog So Thick":
View along the Columbia River, near Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, January 20, 2004
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Images, 2005, Mount Hood, Oregon, from Fishers Landing, Washington Mount Hood, Oregon, from Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 21, 2005.
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Images, 2005, Mount Hood, Oregon, from Fishers Landing, Washington Mount Hood, Oregon, from Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 17, 2005.
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Images, 2009, Pumpkin Center, Fishers Landing, Washington "Pumpkin Center" remains, Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 17, 2009.
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Images, 2009, Fisher Cemetery, Fishers Landing, Washington Fisher Cemetery, Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 24, 2009.
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Images, 2009, Fisher Cemetery, Fishers Landing, Washington Fisher Cemetery, Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, August 24, 2009.
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Images, 2009, Fisher Cemetery, Fishers Landing, Washington Fisher Cemetery, Fishers Landing, Washington:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 17, 2009.
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Images, 2005, Mount St. Helens, early morning Mount St. Helens and steam plume, from Fishers Landing area:
Image from Fishers Landing at top of hill, Vancouver, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, January 3, 2005.
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Images, 2004, Mount St. Helens sunset Steam and ash from Mount St. Helens drifts west, at sunset:
Image from Fishers Landing at top of hill, Vancouver, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 13, 2004
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Images, 2005, Eruption plume Mount St. Helens eruption plume from Fishers Landing, Washington:
Image from Fishers Landing at top of hill, Vancouver, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 8, 2005.
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Images, 2007, Mount Hood, from Vancouver, Washington Mount Hood and clouds:
View from Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 21, 2007.
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Images, 2007, Mount Hood, from Vancouver, Washington Tip of Mount Hood and clouds:
View from Fishers Landing, Vancouver, Washington.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, March 21, 2007.
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Images, 2004, Ashy Mount St. Helens from Rocky Butte Mount St. Helens, Washington, with ash drifting south, towards Rocky Butte:
Image taken from Rocky Butte, Oregon. The Columbia River can be seen between the stonework pillars.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 14, 2004
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Images, 2005, Mount St. Helens from Rocky Butte Mount St. Helens, Washington, as seen from Rocky Butte, Oregon:
Columbia River, Government Island, and the Interstate 205 Bridge can be seen between the stonework pillars.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 15, 2005
Images, 2005, Mount St. Helens from Rocky Butte Mount St. Helens, Washington, as seen from Rocky Butte, Oregon:
Columbia River, Government Island, and the Interstate 205 Bridge can be seen from Rocky Butte. The Portland International Airport is off to the left.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 15, 2005
Images, 2005, Mount Hood from Rocky Butte Mount Hood as seen from Rocky Butte, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 15, 2005
Images, 2004, Vancouver Trout Hatchery Vancouver Trout Hatchery:
Just upstream of the Interstate 205 Bridge.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, December 18, 2004
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Image, 2010, Government Island and McGuire Island, from airliner Government Island (left, middle island), Ackerman (right, background island), and McGuire Island (right, foreground island), as seen from airliner landing at PDX:
Day overcast and drizzly.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 10, 2010.
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Image, 2010, Government Island and McGuire Island, from airliner Government Island (left, background island) and McGuire Island (right, foreground island), as seen from airliner landing at PDX:
Day overcast and drizzly.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 10, 2010.
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Images, 2005, McGuire Island as seen from Chinook Landing McGuire Island as seen from Chinook Landing Marine Park, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 19, 2005
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Images, 2003, Government Island and McGuire Island Government Island (left) and McGuire Island (middle) with Mount Hood, Oregon (right):
Image taken from Marine Drive, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 18, 2003
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Images, 2003, Government Island, north side Government Island:
Government Island, northern beach. On November 3, 1805, Lewis and Clark camped on the northern shore of a large island they called "Diamond Island", located in today's Government Island cluster.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 23, 2003
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Images, 2005, Government Island, Bartlett Landing, north side Bartlett Landing, Government Island:
View from Fishers Landing beach.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 21, 2005
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Images, 2005, Government Island, north side Government Island:
Government Island, northern beach. View from Fishers Landing.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, November 17, 2005
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Images, 2003, Government Island State Recreation Area Government Island State Recreation Area:
Government Island State Recreation Area, as seen from Marine Drive, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 4, 2003
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Images, 2003, Lemon Island Lemon Island, western tip of Government Island:
Government Island, western tip (called Lemon Island), as seen from the Interstate 205 Bridge.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 4, 2003
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Images, 2003, Interstate 205 Bridge and Government Island Interstate 205 Bridge:
Columbia River and the Interstate 205 Bridge, connecting Vancouver, Washington, with Portland, Oregon. The bridge crosses Government Island, in the middle of the Columbia River. Image taken from Marine Drive, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, May 29, 2003
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Images, 2004, Mount Hood as seen from the I-205 Bridge Mount Hood from the Interstate 205 Bridge:
Looking upstream from the Interstate 205 Bridge, at Mount Hood, Oregon. Government Island is on the right.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 4, 2004
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Images, 2003, Interstate 205 Bridge and Mount Hood Interstate 205 Bridge:
Columbia River and the Interstate 205 Bridge, connecting Vancouver, Washington, with Portland, Oregon. Mount Hood (Oregon) is in the background. Image taken from Marine Drive, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, July 4, 2003
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Images, 2005, View north from Rocky Butte View north from Rocky Butte, Oregon:
Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River, Government Island, and the Interstate 205 Bridge can be seen looking north from Rocky Butte, Oregon.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, June 15, 2005
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Images, 2004, Interstate 205 from Rocky Butte, Oregon Interstate 205 and Government Island, from Rocky Butte, Oregon:
Photo by Lyn Topinka, October 14, 2004.
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Images, 2004, Interstate 205 Bridge, from underneath Interstate 205 Bridge, from underneath:
View from the Washington State side, looking towards Government Island.
Photo by Lyn Topinka, December 18, 2004.
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