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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Multnomah Creek, Oregon"
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Image, 2005, Multnomah Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Multnomah Creek, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2005.


Multnomah Creek ...
Multnomah Creek, Oregon, begins from underground springs at Larch Mountain and enters the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 136. Multnomah Creek is famous for Oregon's number one tourist attraction, the world-renown Multnomah Falls. The Historic Columbia River Highway crosses Multnomah Creek.

Views ...

Images, 2005, Multnomah Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Multnomah Creek, Oregon flowing beneath the Historic Columbia River Highway Bridge. Image taken October 22, 2005.
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Multnomah Creek, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2005.


Winter ...

Images, 2005, Multnomah Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Winter, Multnomah Creek, Oregon. Image taken December 10, 2005.
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Winter, Multnomah Creek, Oregon. Image taken December 10, 2005.
Image, 2007, Multnomah Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Frozen Multnomah Creek, Oregon. Image taken January 15, 2007.
Image, 2007, Multnomah Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Frozen Multnomah Creek, Oregon. Image taken January 15, 2007.
Image, 2007, Multnomah Creek below Multnomah Falls, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Multnomah Creek below Multnomah Falls, Oregon. Image taken January 15, 2007.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...
Examined the rapid below us [from their camp at Fort Rains, looking at the Cascade Rapids] more pertcelarly the danger appearing too great to Hazzard our Canoes loaded, dispatched all the men who could not Swim with loads to the end of the portage below, I also walked to the end of the portage with the carriers where I delayed untill everry articles was brought over and canoes arrived Safe. here we brackfast and took a Meridn. altitude 59 45' 45" about the time we were Setting out 7 Squars came over loaded with Dried fish, and bear grass neetly bundled up, Soon after 4 Indian men came down over the rapid in a large canoe.     passed a rapid at 2 miles & 1 at 4 miles opposite the lower point of a high Island on the Lard Side [Bradford Island], and a little below 4 Houses on the Stard. Bank, a Small Creek on the Lard Side [Tanner Creek] opposit Straw berry Island [Hamilton Island], which heads below the last rapid, opposit the lower point of this Island [Hamilton Island] passed three Islands covered with tall timber [today there are two, Ives and Pierce] opposit the Beatin rock [Beacon Rock]    Those Islands are nearest the Starboard Side, imediately below on the Stard. Side passed a village of nine houses [indentified on Atlas map#79 as the "Wah-clallah Tribe of Shahala Nation", location near today's Skamania and Skamania Landing], which is Situated between 2 Small Creeks [Woodard Creek and Duncan Creek], and are of the Same construction of those above; here the river widens to near a mile, and the bottoms are more extensive and thickly timbered, as also the high mountains on each Side, with Pine, Spruce pine, Cotton wood, a Species of ash, and alder.     at 17 miles passed a rock near the middle of the river [Phoca Rock], about 100 feet high and 80 feet Diamuter,     proceed on down a Smoth gentle Stream of about 2 miles wide, in which the tide has its effect as high as the Beaten rock [Beacon Rock] or the Last rapids at Strawberry Island [Hamilton Island],- Saw great numbers of waterfowl of Different kinds, Such as Swan, Geese, white & grey brants, ducks of various kinds, Guls, & Pleaver [today just below Beacon Rock is Franz National Wildlife Refuge]. ...     we encamped under a high projecting rock on the Lard. Side [Rooster Rock, with Crown Point rising above it],     here the mountains leave the river on each Side [leaving the Columbia River Gorge, Steigerwald Land NWR is on the north and the Sandy River delta is on the south], which from the great Shute to this place is high and rugid [Columbia River Gorge]; thickly Covered with timber principalley of the Pine Species. The bottoms below appear extensive and thickly Covered with wood.     river here about 2 miles wide.     Seven Indians in a Canoe on their way down to trade with the nativs below, encamp with us, those we left at the portage passed us this evening and proceeded on down The ebb tide rose here about 9 Inches, the flood tide must rise here much higher- we made 29 miles to day from the Great Shute [Cascade Locks]-





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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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