The confluence of the Yellowstone River with the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone. The view is toward the southwest. On the horizon is the Beartooth Range, which include the highest mountain in Montana, 12,709-foot Granite Peak. Three miles up the Yellowstone, just out of the picture at upper right, is the town of Laurel, Montana; 25 miles downriver, below the photo, is the city of Billings.
Clark and his contingent arrived here early in the morning of July 24, an estimated twenty-nine miles downstream from the Canoe Camp, and indicated in his courses and distances for that date that he believed it was the Bighorn River.1
Apparently he reviewed his Yellowstone River journey when he visited with the Mandans and Hidatsas again in mid-August 1806, and was told this was the river they called "The Lodge Where All Dance"—perhaps actually a reference to the "old Indian fort of logs and bark" some six miles farther downriver, that Shannon had noticed as they passed by.
1. Gary Moulton, ed., TheJournals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (13 vols., Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001), 8:221n.