August 02, 1806
Meriwether Lewis

The morning proved fair and I determined to remain all day and dry the baggage and give the men an opportunity to dry and air their skins and furr.  had the powder parched meal and every article which wanted drying exposed to the sun.  the day proved warm fair and favourable for our purpose.  I permitted the Fieldses to go on a few miles to hunt.  by evening we had dryed our baggage and repacked it in readiness to load and set out early in the morning.  the river fell 18 inches since yesterday evening.   the hunters killed  several deer in the course of the day.  nothing remarkable took place today.   we are all extreemly anxious to reach the entrance of the Yellowstone river where we expect to join Capt. Clark and party.

August 02, 1806
John Ordway

a fair morning.   the two Fields Sent on a head to hunt.   we delayed to dry our baggage.   the day warm.  Some of the men dressed deer Skins, &C.

August 02, 1806
Patrick Gass

This was a fine clear morning, and Captain Lewis thought it best to stay here to day also, and dry all our baggage, as it was become damp and wet.  Two hunters [The Fields Brothers.] were sent on in a canoe to hunt; and in the course of the day we got every thing dry and redy to set out the next morning.

August 02, 1806
William Clark

N. 20o E.   6 miles to a Bluff Point on the Stard. Side    passed 3 islands and Sevr. Sand Bars.  a large Creek on the Lard. at 4 miles
N 40o E.   2 1/2 miles to the head of an Isld.  passed the lower point of one
N. 10o E.   4 miles to the lowr part of a low bluff on Stard Side passed a Small island and Several Sand bers
North   2 miles to a Small island near the lard Shore   low leavel Plain on Lard.
N. 70o <W> E   1 1/2 to <lower> a Stard. Bend at the interance of <Jo. Feilds> a Creek of steep banks about 30 yards wide   a large Island opposit
North   1 mile to a point on the Stard Side  Passed under a large Stard Bluff
N. 20o E.   1 1/2 to a point of a large Isd. on the Is Std
N. 70o E   1 miles to a lower part of a low bluff on Std. main Shore
N. 26o E   1 <2> 1/2 miles   some wood below a high Bluff. passed the lower Pont of the large island at 1/2 a mile. Several Sand bars.
N. 12o W.   6 <7> to point on the Stard Side   passed 2 island and Several Sand bars on muddy islands  river wide
N. 20o E   7 Miles to a point of wood on <the Stard Side> upper Island   passed an Isd. on Std. Several mud islands rive wide
N. 60o E   13 <14> miles to a Stard. Bluff in a bend    passes <the head of an> 2 island in the middle of the river. Several Sand Islds. Islands thickly Covered with wood & above an island close to the Lad. Side in a bend.
North   9 miles to Stard point.  passed a Bluff on Std. at 4 miles.  an island & 3 Sand bars
N.E.   5 miles to an object in the Std. Bend    low bottoms on both Sides.  passed Sands   Killed a white Bear
*N. 10o E.   3 miles to Stard. point of wods    extinsive bar on the Lard pont [The meaning of the asterisk is unknown.]
N. 20o E.   2 miles on the Stard point   river one mile wide   low bluff on lard.  extincve bar from the Stard.
N. 35o E.   4 miles to a thick wood on the Center of the Stard. Bend   rive more than 1 mile wide   Several Sand bars    a Brook on the Std. side   Clifts at a [illegible] discharges on Std side
N 60o W.   4 1/2 miles to a Stard point   a Sand or mud bar on each side
N. 10o E   1 1/2 miles to a tree in the Ld. bend    <passed> Mud bar on Std. pt.
N. 80o E   4 Mile to a <gully> Point <in> a Stard. Bluff   Som yellow rock abv th wtr.  passed extence timber bottoms on each Side   rive about 300 yds wide only
<N. 30o E   2 <1> 1/2 miles to the Comencement of a wood on the Stard.Side op opossd. a Creek on Std. at 1/2 a mile & a Brook just below.>
North    Miles to a high bluff below the interanc of Jo Fields River 35 yds wide on Stard. Side   river widen to 3/4 of a mile
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August 02, 1806
William Clark

Musquetors very troublesom this morning   I Set out early   river wide and very much divided by islands and Sand and Mud bars.  the bottoms more extencive and contian more timber Such as Cotton wood ash willow &c. The Country on the N W. Side rises to a low plain and extends leavel for great extent. Some high rugid hills in the forepart of this day on the S E. Side on which I saw the big horns but could not get near them. Saw emence numbers of Elk Buffalow and wolves to day.  the wolves do catch the elk. I saw 2 wolves in pursute of [a] doe Elk which I beleive they Cought they very near her when She entered a Small wood in which I expect they cought her as She did not pass out of the small wood during my remaining in view of it which was 15 or 20 minits &c.  passed the enterance of Several brooks on each Side [Burns, Lone Tree, Shadwell, Fox, O'Brien, and Bennie Peer Creeks.], a Small river 30 yds wide with Steep banks on the Stard. Side, which I call Ibex River ["Ibex " refers to bighorn sheep."Ibex River" was written over an earlier name "Jo F. Creek  River."  In the draft courses "Jo Feilds" is crossed out. Clark apparently believed this creek to be Joseph Fields Creek of his maps; See April 26, 1805, it is present Charbonneau Creek in North Dakota.  Ibex River is believed to be Smith Creek reaching the Yellowstone near Savage, MT.]    the river in this days decent is less rapid crouded with Islds and muddy bars and is generally about one mile in wedth.  as the islands and bars frequently hide the enterance of Brooks &c. from me as I pass'd maney of them I have not noticed.  about 8 A.M. this morning a Bear of the large vicious Species being on a Sand bar raised himself up on his hind feet and looked at us as we passed down near the middle of the river. he plunged into the water and Swam towards us, either from a disposition to attack't or from the Cent of the meat which was in the Canoes.  we Shot him with three balls and he returned to Shore badly wounded.   In the evening I saw a very large Bear take the water above us. I ordered the boat to land on the opposit Side with a view to attack't him when he Came within Shot of the Shore.  <I let swim> when the bear was in a fiew paces of the Shore I shot it in the head.  the men hauled her on Shore and proved to be an old Shee which was so old that her tuskes had worn Smooth, and  Much the largest feemale bear I ever Saw.   after taking off her Skin, I proceeded on and encamped [Above the mouth of Charbonneau Creek.] a little above the enterance of Jo: Feilds Creek on Stard. Side in a high bottom Covered with low Ash and elm.  the Musquetors excessively troublesom.

I have noticed a great proportion Buck Elks on this lower part of the river, and but very few above.  those above which are emencely noumerous are feemales Generally. Shields killed a Deer this morning dureing the time we were at Brackfast.  we were very near being detained by the Buffalow today which were Crossing the river we got through the line between 2 gangues.

Cours distance and remarks Augt. 2d 1806

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N. 20o E. to a bluff point on the Stard. Side    passed 3 islands and Several Sand bars.  also a large Creek [Burns Creek. This is "Samuels Creek" on Clark's map. "Samuel" may be the same person for whom Point Samuel in Oregon was named; See November 26, 1805. Coues suggests that this person may be Samuel Lewis, copyist for Clark's map on 1814 who he also believed to be related to Meriwether Lewis.] on the Lard. at 4 m.   6
N. 40o E. to the head of an island, haveing passed the Lower pt. of one   2 1/2
N. 10o E. to the lower part of a low bluff on the Stard. Side passed a Small island and Several Bars   4
North to a Small island near the lard. Shore    a low leavel extencive plain on the Lard Side   2
N. 70o E. to the enterance of a Creek 30 yards wide in a Stard. Bend opposit to a large island Ibix Creek   1 1/2
North to a point on the Stard Side passing under a low bluff.   1
N. 20o E to a point of a large island on the Stard Side   1 1/2
N. 70o E to the lower part of a low bluff on Stard Min Shore   1
N. 26o E to Some wood below a high bluff Stard. Side.   passd. the lower point of the large island at 1/2 a mile and Several Sand bars or reather mud islands   1 1/2
N. 12o W. to a Stard. point   passed two islands and Severa muddy & gravelly bars.  river about 1 mile wide   6
N. 20o E. to a wood on the upper point of an island    passd. an island near the Std. and Several bars.  river 1 M. wide   7
N. 60o E. to a Stard. Bluff in a bend above the Buffalow Crossings [The lower "Buffalow Crossings" on Clark's map, approximately eight miles southwest of Sidney.]    passed 2 islands in the middle of the river hickly covered with wood.  also passed the head of a 3rd island close to the Stard Side in the bend. passed Several bars river wide &c.   13
North to a Stard. point   passed a Stard. Bluff at 4 miles passed an island and three Bars   9 1/2
N. 45o E. to an object in a Stard. Bend   passed Several sand bars, low timbered on each Side (killed a white Bear or one of that Specis)   5
N. 10o E. to a Stard. point of woods, an extenciv bar on the Lard. Side   3
N. 20o E. along the <Lard.> Stard. point, low bluffs on Lard. an extencive bar from the Stard.  river more than 1 mile   2
N. 35o E. to a thick wood in the Center of a Stard Bend    passed Several bars.  a brook on the Stard. Side   bottoms 4 narrow on Stard.  river more than 1 mile wide   4
N. 60oo W. to a Stard. point  psd. a mud bar on each Side of the Rivr   4 1/2
N. 10o E. to a tree in the Lard. Bend.  mudy bar on Stard   1 1/2
N. 80o E. to a Bluff Point on the Stard. bend    Some yellow rock just above the water.  passed extencive timbered bottoms on each Side.  river only 300 yds wide   4
North to a high Bluff imediately belowe the enterance of Jo. Field's Creek on the Stard. side 35 yds wide river about 3/4 of amile wide.   encamped short of the distance 3 miles on the Stard side--   6

Miles 

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