August 15th Wendesday I took ten men  & went out to Beaver Dam across a Creek about a mile S W from Camp,  and with a Brush Drag  caught 308 fish, of the following kind (i'e) Pike, Samon, Bass, Pirch, Red horse, Small Cat, & a kind of Perch Called on the Ohio Silverfish  I also Caught the Srimp  which is Common to the Lower part of the Mississippi, in this Creek & in the Beaver Pond is emince beads of Mustles  Verry large & fat— in my absence Capt Lewis Send the Souex interpr [Dorion] & a party to a Smoke which appeared to rise at no great distance to the north with a view to find Some Band of that nation, they returned and informed that the [fires] had been made Some time by Some Small party, and the hard wind of to day had set the Prarie on fire from Some high trees, which was left burning all well, Party from Ottoes not come up.
I went with ten men to a Creek Damed by the Beavers about half way to the Village, with Some Small willow & Bark we mad a Drag and haulted up the Creek, and Cought 318 fish of different kind i'e' Peke, Bass, Salmon, perch, red horse, Small Cat, and a kind of perch Called Silverfish, on the Ohio.— I cought a Srimp prosisely of Shape Size & flavour of those about N. Orleans & the lower party of the Mississippi in this Creek which is only the pass or Streight from Beaver Pond to another, is Crouded with large Mustles Verry fat, Ducks, Pliver of different Kinds are on those Ponds as well as on the river  in My absence Capt. Lewis Sent Mr. Durioue the Souix interpeter & three men to examine a fire which threw up an emence Smoke from the Prarie on the N. E. Side of the River and at no great distance from Camp— the Object of this party was to find Some Bands of Seouex which the inptr. thought was near the Smoke and get them to Come in— in the evening this Party returned and infoermed, that the fire arrose from Some trees which had been left burning by a Small party of Seoux whom had passed [NB?: by that place] Several Days— the wind Setting from the point, blew the Smoke from that pt. over our Camp. our party all in health and Sperrits the men Sent to the Ottoes & in pursute of the Deserter Reed has not yet returned or joined our party.
Observed Equal Altitudes of ☉, with Sextant
|h m s
|h m s
|8 0 29
|3 28 42
|" 1 52
|" 30 11
|" 3 28
|" 31 38
Altd. by Sextant at the time of this observt. 68° 45' 45"
Observed meridian Altd. of ☉'s L. L. with Octant by the back observatn. 61° 27' —"
Latitude deduced from this observt. 42° 15' 13.4"
Wednesday 15th a pleasant morning, Capt. Clark and 10 of the party went out to the Mahar Creek in order to catch Some fish & they caught & brought in upwards of 300 different Sorts of fine fish. Some Salmon Some bass pike  &.C—&.C— we Saw a Smoke arise on the N. Side of the Missouri River 〈3〉 4 men  went over to See if their was any Indians, they Returned without finding any Indians; hard wind F. N. w. A niew mast made for the Batteaux to day.—
Wednesday 15th. Captain Clarke and ten of the party went to the Maha creek to fish, and caught 387 fish of different kinds. We discovered smoke on the opposite side of the river, and four men crossed to see if any of the Mahas or Sioux Indians were there; but could not discover any. There had been fire there some days, and the wind lately blowing hard had caused the fire to spread and smoke to rise. We continued at this place until the 20th. Captain Lewis went with a party of twelve men to fish and took 709 fish, 167 of which were large pike.  The fish here are generally pike, cat,  sun perch  and other common fish. What we caught were taken with trails or brush nets. On the 18th the party who had been sent in pursuit of the man who had been absent since the 4th returned with him, and eight Indians and a Frenchman;  but left our Frenchman  behind who had gone out to hunt the horses. On the 19th a council was held with these Indians, who appeared to wish to make peace with all nations. This day Sergeant Floyd became very sick and remained so all night. He was seized with a complaint somewhat like a violent colick. 
Wednesday August 15th We continued at this place this day. Captain Clark and some of the Men went out fishing to a pond, which lay one Mile from the River, and met with good success they caught 386 fish of different kinds