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State Park on the Jefferson River


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


Leash required.

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 30 miles from the mouthCardwell Bridge is the next access site upstream from Lewis & Clark Caverns. 


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.
Stay Limit
Maximum stay of 7 days allowed.
Vehicle Length
Trailer Length is 60 ft.
  • Difficult Accessibility
    Fishing - Limited river access, foot traffic only.
  • Easy Accessibility
  • Easy Accessibility
  • Bicycling
  • Easy Accessibility
    Group Use
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Amphitheater Events
  • Hunting
  • Tours - For more information on tours.
  • Photography
  • Cabin - More information about cabin rentals.
  • Camp Host
  • Campground
  • Group Site
  • Tent/RV Site
  • Tipi - More information about tipi rentals.
  • 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
  • Dump Station
  • Hookup (Electric - 50 Amp)
  • Drinking Water
  • Garbage Bins
  • Showers
  • Toilet (Flush)
  • Toilet (Vault)
  • Water (Pressurized)
  • Difficult Accessibility
    Bike Trail
  • Hiking Trail - 9 miles
  • Interpretive Trail
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife Viewing

These locations represent physical occurrences (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.

Abundance Codes
Common Abundance = Common   Uncommon Abundance = Uncommon   Rare Abundance = Rare  
Incidental Occurrence = Incidental   Historic Occurrence = Historic Occurrence   Abundance Unknown = Unknown Abundance