River Cruise Traces Lewis and Clark
Following the explorers in luxury on the Columbia and Snake
By John Gottberg Anderson, The Bend Bulletin
When the Corps of Discovery made its way down the great rivers of the Northwest in 1805 and 1806, the 32 expedition members did so in cedar canoes they had hewn on the banks of Idaho’s Clearwater River, just upstream from its confluence with the Snake River.
During five weeks of October and November, their rustic vessels carried them 465 miles down the Snake and Columbia rivers to the Pacific Ocean. At a simple redoubt the men dubbed Fort Clatsop, they spent a soggy winter before retracing their steps across the Rocky Mountains to the eastern United States.