23rd Septr. Sunday 1804 (days and nights equal) Set out early under a gentle Breeze from the 〈N E〉 S E N. 46° W 3¾ Miles to the mo: of a Creek on the S. S.  passd. a pt. on the L. S. (1) a Small Island opsd. in the bend to the S. S. This Island is Called goat Island, (1) this Creek is 10 yards wide. passed bad Sand bars— S. 46° W 2¾ mes. a wood at a Spring in the bend to the L. S. Saw the Prarie a fire behind us near the head of Ceder Island L. S. N. 80° W. 4½ to the lower pt of Elk Island  pass 2 Willow Islands & Sand I saw this morning 12 of those Black & white birds of the corvus Species.—
Set out under a Gentle breeze from the S. E— (1) passed Goat Island Situated in a bend to the S. S— above passed a Small Creek 12 yards wide on the S. S.— we observed a great Smoke to the S W. which is an Indian Signal of their haveing discovered us, I walked on Shore and observed great numbers of Buffalows. (2) passed 2 Small Willow Islands with large Sand bars makeing from their upper points (3) passed Elk Island Situated near the L. S. about 2½ mes. long & ¾ wide, Covered with Cotton wood, a red berry Called by the French "grise de buff,"  Grapes &c. the river is wide Streight & contains a great numr of Sand bars, (4) passed a Small Creek on the S. S. 16 yds wide I call Reubens Cr.—  R. Fields was the first who found it— Came too & Camped on the S. S. in a Wood.  Soon after we landed three Soues boys Swam across to us, those boys informed us that a Band of Sieux called the Tetons of 80 Lodges wer Camped near the mouth of the next River, and 60 Lodges more a Short distance above them, they had that day Set the praries on fire to let those Camps Know of our approach— we gave those boys two twists of Tobacco to carry to their Chiefs & Warriors to Smoke, with derections to tell them that we wished to Speak to them tomorrow, at the mouth of the next river— Capt Lewis walked on Shore, R F. Killed a She Goat or ["]Cabbra."
|N. 46° W.||3 ¾||miles to the mouth of Smoke Creek in a bend S. S.
passed Goat Isd. & Sand (1)
|N. 46° W.||1 ¾||miles to a Coaps of wood at a Spring in a bend to the
|N. 80° W.||4 ½||miles to the lower pt. of a Island passed 2 Small Is-
lands, & Sand bars (2) (3)
|N. 85° W.||5||miles to a pt. on the L. S— passd. the upper pt. of
Elk Isd. at 2½ miles— (3)
|West||5||miles to a pt. on the S. S— below a Creek L. S.—
pass'd one on the S. S— (4)
|N. 46° W.||3 ¾||miles to a mouth of a Creek in the bend to the S. S. passed
an Isld. on the S. S. (1) & Sands
|S. 46° W.||1 ¾||miles to a Coaps of wood at a Spring in a bend to the L. S.|
|N. 80° W.||4 ½||miles to the lower pt. of a large Island (2) passed 2 〈Sand〉
willow Islands & Several Bars.
|N. 85° W.||5||miles to a pt. on the L. S. pass upper pt. of Elk Island at
2½ miles. Several Sands
|West||5||miles to a pt. on the S. S. below a Creek on the L. S. passed
a Creek on the S. S. (3)—
Set out under a gentle breeze from the S. E, (1) passed a Small Island Situated in a bend to the L. S. Called Goat Island, a Short distance above the upper point a Creek of 12 yards wide coms in on the S. S. we observed a great Smoke to the S W.— I walked on Shore & observed Buffalow in great Herds at a Distance (2) passed two Small willow Islands with large Sand bars makeing out from them, passed (3) Elk Island about 2½ miles long & ¾ mile wide Situated near the L. S. covered with Cotton wood the read Current Called by the French Gres de Butiff & grapes &c. &c. the river is nearly Streight for a great distance wide and Shoal. (4) passed a Creek on the S. S. 16 yards wide we Call Reubens Creek, as R Fields found it Camped on the S. S. below the mouth of a Creek on the L. S. three Souex boys Came to us Swam the river and informd that the Band of Soauex called the Teton〈gues〉 of 80 Lodges were Camped at the next Creek above, & 60 Lodges more a Short distance above, we gave those boys two Carrots of Tobacco to Carry to their Chiefs, with derections to tell them that we would Speek to them tomorrow
On the Lard. Shore 3 miles below Elk Island.
Observed meridian altd. of ☉'s U. L. with Sextant by the fore observation 91° 48' 45"
Sunday 23rd Sept 1804. a fair pleasant morning. we Set off eairly— proceeded on. passed a large Bottom on N. S. covered with Timber and Grapes &.C. R. Fields out to hunt Capt. Clark returned had Spied a large fire in the praries a fiew miles back on S. Side— we Saw large Gangs of Buffalow on the hills N. S. the wind favourable from S. E. we passed a Creek on N. S. called Smoke Creek.  we passd. Elk Island at the lower end of the long reach. passd. a Timbered bottom on N. S. & barron hills on S. S. &.C— towards evening we Saw 4 Indians on the Sand beach S. S. we Camped on the N. S. & 3 of them Swam over to our Camp. they belonged to the Souix Nation. they Informed us that their Camp was near where their was a Grand chief and a nomber of their nation, the Capts. Gave them Some Tobacco & we Set them across. they return to their Camp R. Fields joined us. had killed a female Goat—
Sunday 23rd. We went on early, and had a clear morning; passed some timber on the north side and high land on the south; also a creek on the north side called Smoke creek; passed Elk island, a handsome bottom on the north side covered with timber and barren hills on the south. At six in the evening we saw four Indians on the south side and encamped on the north. Three of the Indians swam over to us: they belonged to the Sioux, and informed us that there were more of their nation not far distant. We sent them over the river again. One of our men  killed an antelope.
Sunday 23rd Sept. we Set out eairly a clear morning. passed Some timber on the N. S. high land on the S. S. passed a creek on the N. S. called Smoak creek. R. Fields went out to hunt we passed Elk Island at the lower end of the long reach. a handsom bottom on the N. S. and barron hills on the S. Side. At 6 oC in the evening we Seen 4 Indians on the S. S. we Camped on the N. S. and three of them Swam over to us they belonged to the Souix nation. they Informed us that their was more of their nation not far off we Set them back over the river again R. Fields joined us here had killed one Goat.
Sunday Septemr 23d We set out early this morning, having fine clear weather, we passed by some bottom land on the North side, cover'd with heavy Timber, and high land lying on the South side of the River which appear'd to be very rich & the Soil black, we also passed a Creek lying on the North side of the River, called smoak creek, here we stop'd the boat; and sent out one of our Men to hunt; we proceeded on 〈and passed on to〉 our way till we arrived at an Island call'd Elk Island, which lies at the lower end of a long reach, it having a handsome bottom of land on it which runs its whole length, Elk Island lies on the North side of the River, and on the South side 〈is〉 lay barren Hills, In the Evening we saw four Indians on the South side of the River; We came too, & encamped on the North side, shortly after we had encamped, three of those Indians, swam the River over to us, they belonged to the Soux Nation. They informed us by our Interpreter, that there was more of their nation, not farr off, from where we were encamped We put the Indians again across the River in our pettyauger where we met with one of our Hunters, who had killed a Goat which he brought with him.—