Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, on their epic journey westward, encountered a lake, which Clark described as containing "great quantities of fish and Gees & Goslings." The lake they described that Fourth of July in 1804 is known today as Lewis and Clark Lake. Lewis and Clark State Park borders this lake and is dedicated to these early explorers who opened the door to westward expansion. Just as in Lewis and Clark's day, waterfowl still flock to this oxbow lake. Geese, great blue herons, snowy egrets and many types of ducks often make an appearance at Lewis and Clark Lake. Along the quiet shoreline of the lake, fishermen can cast their lines for carp, buffalo and channel catfish. For those not wanting to stay ashore, the park offers a boat ramp and a large, sand swimming beach. Picnic sites with grills, scattered along the shady shoreline, provide the perfect place for a picnic lunch. An open shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, can be reserved in advance for large gatherings of family and friends. A playground is located nearby. Overnight guests have a choice of both basic and electric campsites. Each site features a grill and table, with some electric sites having small shelters. Come enjoy an area that early explorers, Lewis and Clark, felt to be noteworthy and take pleasure in a day or more of peaceful, outdoor recreation.

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