. . Lewis & Clark Camp. 31 March - 6 April 1806. Washougal, Washington
Capt. Wm. Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, Washougal, Washington.
On their return to the east, the Corps of Discovery rowed hard against the current hoping to return to the Nez Perce by early spring. The Nez Perce were caring for their horses over the winter and they needed the horses to travel over the Rocky Mountains. They arrived at Washougal on Monday, March 31, 1806. Lewis wrote in his journals that they camped on the lower end of a handsome prairie two miles up from the mouth of Seal (Washougal) River and directly across from the upper Quicksand (Sandy) River channel. By triangulating these landmarks, it places their campsite close to present day Capt. William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach. The Corps would camp at this location for six days in order to kill big game, dry the meat, and sew leather sacks to store the meat. Natives descending the river told them of scarcity in provisions (food sources) east of the Cascades. So the handsome prairie in present-day Washougal became a provisioning camp, their second longest campsite in Washington State.
Neg# RICL 061. KB Canham 8x20" camera, 335mm, Yg filter, 2007