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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Discover one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in North America.
Camp, hike and experience amazing geologic wonders at Montana's first and best-known state park.

About the Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest. Cave Tours are by guided tour only and will be offered May - September.  Details on tickets, possible reservations, and times will be updated by the end of March once the new governor has expressed his ideas on addressing the Coronavirus and Montana State Parks develop protocols for the 2021 summer season.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park also features camping and trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

The park has a large campground with 40 campsites, a tipi, and three cabins, which you can reserve online, and a group camping area, which you must contact the park to reserve. There is a $5 charge to use the dump station.

The site encompasses 3,015 acres. The entry area is at an elevation of 4,300 feet and the caverns area is at an elevation of 5,300 feet.

Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Deer Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Guided Cave Tours
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Hunting
  • Lewis And Clark
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • River Fishing
  • RV Camping
  • Tent Camping
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Camp Host*
  • Electricity
  • Established Fire Pits
  • Firewood for Sale
  • Gift Shop
  • Holiday Event
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed (outdoors on a leash, not allowed in the caverns)
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Public Restroom
  • RV Dump Station*
  • RV Hookups
  • Shower*
  • Toilets (Flush)*
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Tours*
  • Trash Removal
  • Water*

*Only available May-September

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Park

Park and trails are open. The cave is closed until May. 

Vistor Center

Open 10am-4pm, Wednesay-Sunday
 
Water
Available May 2 - Sept 30.
 
Showers & Comfort Station
May -  September

Alerts & Closures

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park trails will be closed on Sunday, April 18th for a park event. 

Cave Gulch Trail is closed.

Help us conserve the bat population at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. White nose syndrome is a fungal disease, well established in the eastern portion of North America and recently found in the west. It does not affect humans, but has proven lethal to bats. If you have been to a cave or mine in the past two years, do not wear the same clothing, shoes or accessories as you wore there on our caverns tour. If it cannot be avoided (for example, eye glasses or shoes) please contact park staff the day of your visit in order to obtain a disinfecting wipe.

Social distancing is still required per the Governor's statewide directive to reduce spread of COVID-19. Stay safe!

Events and Programs

2021 Recurring Events

Fridays May 28th-August 27th - Friday Summer Speakers Series

Saturdays - Ranger-led Hikes or Talks

Mondays - Ranger Programs

 

2021 Special Events

March 27 - A Hike Through Time: The Geology of the London Hills

May 8 and 9 - Wildflower Weekend

June 6-12 - Cave Week (activities daily)

June 26 - Greer Gulch Guided Hike

August 7-14 - Bat Week (activities daily)

September 11- Day of Service: Trail Work Event

October 23 - Escape Cabin

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*

 

Nonresidents

  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

 

Campsites

  • Campsite fees range from $4-$34 per night, depending on season and available amenities.

Montana State Parks offers hike/bike, rustic, tent, rv, and boatslip campsites.

 

Cabins

Residents and Nonresidents with a Park Pass:

  • $54 per night.
  • $50 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

Nonresidents:

  • $66 per night. 
  • $60 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

 

Tipis

Residents and Nonresidents with a Park Pass:

  • $30 per night 
  • $26 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

Nonresidents:

  • $42 Per night. 
  • $36 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

 

Visit Reserve America to check fees and reserve campsites, cabins and tipis at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.

 

* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: rarmstrong@mt.gov

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Tips to stay safe while getting outdoors

Watch this short video from Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park for some guidance on how to enjoy all the beauty and adventure our state parks have to offer while staying safe and protecting those around you.

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Address

25 Lewis and Clark Caverns Rd.
Whitehall, MT 59759
Latitude/Longitude:
(45.82289 / -111.85082)

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Meet The Park Manager

Rhea Armstrong

Rhea Armstrong began working for Montana State Parks as a seasonal tour guide at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in 1986 while attending Western Montana College in Dillon majoring in Elementary Education. She continued working summers at the park throughout her teaching career, and in 2005, became the assistant manager. Rhea was promoted to Park Manager of Lost Creek, Anaconda Smoke Stack, and Granite Ghost Town State Parks in 2013.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
PO Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759

Phone: 406-287-3541
Email: rarmstrong@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager Rhea Armstrong