Stand where William Clark stood in 1805, and imagine the scenery when the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through this area.
About the Park
Clark's Lookout State Park is located above the Beaverhead River and is a place that provided the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a view of the route ahead. On August 13, 1805, Captain William Clark climbed this hill overlooking the Beaverhead River to get a sense of his surroundings and document the location.
It is situated on 8.2 acres of land at 5,118 feet.
Clark's Lookout State Park is located just 1 mile north of Dillon off Highway 91. Interpretive signs explain navigational methods used by the expedition. Make the short walk to the top of the lookout and you'll discover a magnificent view of the Beaverhead Valley and a monument showing the three compass readings that Captain Clark took on that day.
Lewis And Clark
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Registered Historic Site
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.
Open: May 1 - September 30
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - Sunset
Alerts & Closures
Restrictions and Closures
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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.
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
Clark's Lookout State Park
c/o Bannack State Park
4200 Bannack Rd
Dillon, MT 59725
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Milo Root, who is originally from Conrad, Montana, and his wife Andrea recently moved to Bannack from Michigan. Milo is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and spent 7 years in the field of parks and recreation throughout the State of Michigan. He served as Recreational Coordinator for the City of Portland, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bridgman, and Parks Supervisor for the City of Muskegon.
CONTACT INFO Mailing Address:
Bannack State Park
721 Bannack Rd
Dillon, MT 59725