Lewis & Clark in IA LbNA # 4551
|Placed Date||Jun 22 2003|
|Last Found||Oct 4 2005|
|Last Edited||Sep 14 2015|
*** Part of my Lewis & Clark Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 400 yards RT)
Status: reported missing (07/08/07)
In July, 1804, Lewis and Clark entered the area now known as Iowa. They traveled upriver past today's town of Council Bluffs until on August 10 they arrived at a narrow oxbow lake in Iowa near the present day Lewis and Clark State Park. They spent some time there exploring the region and making observations on the geographical conditions, plants and animals in the area. Today the lake is called Blue Lake and the park is a popular area for family picnics, hiking, fishing and camping. There is also a full-sized reproduction of Lewis and Clark's keel boat, "Discovery", along with this letterbox. On August 20, they arrived at present day Sioux City, where Sergeant Floyd died, probably from a burst appendix. He was the expedition's only fatality and he was buried at the top of a high round hill overlooking the river. Today Floyd's grave is marked by a tall obelisk called the Sergeant Floyd Monument which still overlooks the river and Sioux City.
Lewis and Clark State Park is located about 5 miles from Onawa and 40 miles south of Sioux City. From I29 go west on Hwy 175 for 2 miles, then north on Hwy 324 to the park.
Go to the keel boat display and park. Climb the tower for a nice view of the boat and lake. Now look northwest at 300 and locate a trail head kiosk about 100 yards away, then walk to it. This is the Early Explorer Nature Trail. Follow the trail to post #8. Just beyond, go right at the trail jct. and continue on the trail to post #10. Continue west for 30 steps and face left (south). Walk 10 steps to two large trees growing together and look between them on back side under some bark for the box. Please re-cover well.