July 30, 1805
Meriwether Lewis

... brown bear. ... are very abundant in this neighbourhood.

July 30, 1805
John Ordway

a fine pleasant morning.   we loaded all the canoes and Set out about 9 oClock A.M. and proceeded on up the north fork    Capt. Lewis and Several Inveleeds walked on Shore.   we passed large bottoms covered with cotton timber & thick brush willow &C.   the River crooked rapid and full of Islands & C.   a bundance of beaver & beaver dams along these these bottoms.    thee currents of different kinds abound in these bottoms.   we dined at a Camp where the snake Indians had been camped 4 years ago, and was actacted by the Gross vauntars.  2 or three of the Snake nation was killed, and Several Squaws taken prisoners    our Intrepters wife was one of them.  She tells us that She was taken in the middle of the River as She was crossing at a Shole place to make hir ascape.   the rest all mounted their horses and cleared themselves as they do not wish to fite, neither were they Strong enofe for the Grossvauntares.    one of the hunters on Shore killed a Deer.   we peroceded on    passed a verry large plain or prarie on L.S.   considerable of fine good flax on it, also wild onions or garlick.   passed high land on S. Side     we Came 13 1/2 miles this day and Camped on the Stard. Side [Below the entrance of Willow Creek, the party's Philosophy River.]   Capt. Lewis did not join us this evening.   these bottoms along the River are low and many beaver dams which causes ponds in may places &C.--

July 30, 1805
Patrick Gass

We left our encampment at the forks, and proceeded on about 7 o'clock A.M. up the north branch. [The Jefferson River. Gass does not mention that Lewis went ahead with Charbonneau, Sacagawea, the baby Jean Baptiste, and "two invalleds."] This branch is about 60 yards wide and 6 feet deep, with a rapid current.  We passed a number of islands.  The valley continued on the south side all this day; but the spur of a mountain, about 5 or 6 miles from the forks came in close on the north side with very high cliffs of rocks.  We encamped [Just below the mouth of Willow Creek, the expedition's Philosophy River, and about two miles north of the town of Willow Creek.] where it terminated, having made 13 miles and an half.

July 30, 1805
Joseph Whitehouse

a clear pleasant morning.   we loaded the canoes eairly and Set out about 9 oClock and proceeded on.  Capt. Lewis and Several men walked on shore.   we passed large bottoms of cotton timber.   the River crooked rapid and full of Islands.   the under bushes thick.   the currents abound.    the beaver pleanty.   a nomber of beaver dams behind the Islands &c.   we dined at the upper end of the bottoms close by a clear open prarie or plain.   at this place our Intrepters wife was taken prisoner 4 years ago by a war party of the grossvauntaus.  they took hir as She was attempting to make hir ascape by crossing a Shole place on the River, but was taken in the middle of it.    2 or 3 Indians killed at the Same time on Shore.   the rest of the Snakes made their ascape.  the day warm, and verry pleasant.   one of the hunters killed a deer.   we proceeded on.   the current verry Swift & rapids common.   passed beautiful large plains on L.S. and high land on the S. Side.   we came 13 1/2 miles this day and Camped on the Stard. Side. [They traveled up the Jefferson and camped just below the mouth of Willow Creek, the expedition's Philosophy River, about two miles north of the town of Willow Creek.]   Capt. Lewis did not join us this evening.   these bottoms are low & many beaver dams which causes pond &c.

July 30, 1805
Joseph Whitehouse

A Clear pleasant morning.   we loaded our Canoes early, and proceeded on our Voyage; about 9 o'Clock A.M., Captain Lewis and several of our party walked on shore.--   We proceeded on and passed large bottoms of Cotton timber, the River being Crooked, rapid, & full of Islands, the under wood thick & currants growing along the Shores in abundance.--  Beaver here, <and> were seen by our party plenty, & We saw a number of their dams, laying behind the islands & other places--  We halted to dine at the upper end of the bottoms, near which lay a Priari or plain, which was Clear & open, & without any bushes on it.--

Our Interpreters Wife the Indian Woman, related to us, that between 3 & 4 Years ago she was taken prisoner at the forks of the three rivers, by a Warr party of the Gros Vaunters or Big belley Indians, and that she had attempted  to make her escape, with some others of her nation, but that she was retaken by them in the Middle of the Priari which lies near to us, that 3 of her nation was killed along the Shore, by the same party, that she was taken by but that the greater part, of the party that she was along with (Snake Nation) had made their escape;--  This day was warm but yet pleasant, One of our hunters killed a deer which he brought to us.--  We proceeded on at 2 o'Clock P.M. and found the current running very swift, and a number of rapids, We passed beautiful large plains which lay on the South side of the River & high lands lying on the North side; Towards Evening we encamped on the North side of the River in a fine bottom of timbered land, and came 13 1/2 Miles this day.--  The Country that we passed through this day, appeared to be rich & fertile, but it lay tumbling on the North side of the River.  Captain Lewis & the party that went with him, did not return to us this Evening--  The bottoms along the River this day lies low, and have ponds in them, occasioned by the Beaver Dams, which are very plenty