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State Park on the Jefferson River

Region 3 | Gold West Country

 
 

Paradise Room at Lewis & Clark Caverns - New lighting installed in the Paradise Room in 2007 highlight the natural colors of the cave formations.

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Open: Jan 1—Dec 31
Size: 2920 acres
Elevation: 5300 ft
Nearest Town: Whitehall

Montana's first and best-known state park showcases one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. Naturally air conditioned, these spectacular caves, lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites, date back through time.

The hiking trails, rental cabins, and campground are open year-round; tours of the caverns are available from May 1-September 30. Plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours to hike 2 miles on the through the caverns. The park also provides trails, a brand new visitor center, amphitheater, picnic areas, large campground, showers, RV dump facilities, tipi, and 3 cabins. Please be aware that water is turned off from October 1-April 30, so flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and the RV dump facilities are available only during the summer.

It is always a great time to explore the colorful limestone formations with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. See the geologic development, learn the history of early exploration and gain an insight into the delicate ecology of this world without light. While you are at the park, you might also want to hike or bike the extensive trail system, attend an interpretive program, or purchase a unique item in the gift shop. You can use this park as a base camp while you enjoy several nearby state parks, attractions, and the adjacent Jefferson River.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is located on the Jefferson River

Directions
Directions

19 miles west of Three Forks on Montana 2 or 15 miles east of Whitehall on Montana 2.   (Lat 45.823,  Lng  -111.851)

Contact Information
Contact Information

If you have questions or comments please send mail to: Lewis & Clark Caverns, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT  59759 or call (406) 287-3541.

Restrictions & Closures
Restrictions & Closures
Pet Restriction
Leash required.
Stage 1 Fire Restriction
Stage I Fire Restrictions Exemption: Campfires are allowed in designated steel fire grates.
Stay Limit
Maximum stay of 7 days allowed.
Vehicle Length
Combined Length of unit is 60ft.
Activities
Activities
  • Difficult Accessibility
    Fishing - Limited river access, foot traffic only.
  • Easy Accessibility
    Camping
  • Easy Accessibility
    Picnicking
  • Bicycling
  • Easy Accessibility
    Group Use
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Amphitheater Events
  • Hunting
  • Tours - For more information on tours.
  • Photography
Campground
Campground
  • Cabin - More information about cabin rentals.
  • Camp Host
  • Campground
  • Group Site
  • Tent/RV Site
  • Tipi - More information about tipi rentals.
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
  • Amphitheater
  • Firewood
  • Food Concession - The Park Cafe and Gift Shop are open all summer.
  • Information Kiosk/Map
  • Meeting Room
  • Park Host
  • Playground
  • Visitor Center
Picnic Site
Picnic Site
  • Fire Ring
  • Grill (Ring)
  • Group Use - Sheltered
  • Picnic Table
RV/Trailer
RV/Trailer
  • Dump Station
  • Hookup (Electric - 50 Amp)
Sanitation/Water
Sanitation/Water
  • Drinking Water
  • Garbage Bins
  • Showers
  • Toilet (Flush)
  • Toilet (Vault)
  • Water (Pressurized)
Trail
Trail
  • Difficult Accessibility
    Bike Trail
  • Hiking Trail - 9 miles
  • Interpretive Trail
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife Viewing

These locations represent physical occurences (visually confirmed) within the boundaries of the site. Many more species may be present in the area which are not listed because we do not have a visually confirmed record. If you would like to report a species sighting, a form is available.

Amphibians
Birds
Birds (A-C)
Birds (D-L)
Birds (M-R)
Birds (S-Z)
Mammals
Reptiles
Abundance Codes
Common Abundance = Common   Uncommon Abundance = Uncommon   Rare Abundance = Rare   Incidental Occurrence = Incidental  Historic Occurrence = Historic Occurrence  Species is present, abundance unknown = Unknown Abundance