WELCOME TO COLUMBIA HILLS STATE
HORSETHIEF LAKE STATE PARK
"She Who Watches"
Some of the oldest pictographs in the northwest are
found in the park. Well known petroglyph "She Who Watches"
and other significant Native American cultural resources are located at
Horsethief Lake State Park.
Lewis and Clark arrived at present day Horsethief Lake State
Park on October 24, 1805.
" in those narrows the water was agitated in a
most Shocking manner boils Swell & whorl pools, we passed with great
risque It being impossible to make a portage of the Canoes, about 2 miles
lower passed a verry bad place between 2 rocks one large & in the
middle of the river here our Canoes took in some water, I put all
the men who Could not Swim on Shore; & sent a fiew articles Such as
guns & papers, and landed at a village of 20 houses on the Stard. Side
in a Deep bason where the river apprd. to be blocked up with emence
Source: The Definitive Journals of Lewis & Clark, Vol. 5: Through the Rockies to the Cascades
Site was formerly largest burial ground of Indians in
the area. The area was an Indian campground for centuries, with the
Wishram, Cloud, and Lishkam fishing with nets and spears between The
Dalles and Celilo Falls.
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