State Park on the Jefferson River
Region 3 |
Gold West Country
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 mouth
Cardwell 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
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
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.