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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd., Whitehall, Montana 59759 USA

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“Montana's first state park”

Camp, hike and experience amazing geologic wonders at Montana's first and best-known state park showcase of one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest. These spectacular caverns lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites are naturally air-conditioned and lighted for a safe and enjoyable visit with a seasoned tour guide. Kids have fun on the tour's famous Beaver Slide and an occasional bat sighting! Summer tours of the caverns are available from May 1 - Sept. 30. Plan to spend about two hours to hike about two miles on the caverns' guided tour. Summer Cave Tours are $10 for adults (12 and up), $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 11, five and under are free. The park also features camping and trails to hike or bike, a brand new visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and ranger/interpretive programs presented during the summer months. The park has a large campground with 40 campsites, a tipi and three cabins.

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45 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.7 Access
4.6 Location
4.7 Cleanliness
4.5 Site Quality
4.7 Noise

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Verizon 4G/5G

Confirmed by 12 users | Last reported on September 27, 2023

AT&T 4G/5G

Confirmed by 9 users | Last reported on July 14, 2023

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Reviewed by
DavinieFiero

  • 24 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

A must see. We camped at the RV park at the base of the hill. Drive 3 miles up to the visitor center that also houses a restaurant and gift shop. The guided tour takes 2 hours and you will need good walking shoes and a light jacket as it does get chilly. It's a lot of walking. Uphill and down stairs so keep that in mind. You won't need a head lamp. We loved it! We saw bats sleeping at the entrance which was an added bonus.

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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 23, 2015
Rated

We are a family of four traveling in a 33-foot motorhome. Here's what we're looking for: A playground, stuff for the kids to do, somewhere to ride my mountain bike, beautiful scenery, fire rings, plenty of separation between us an neighbors, shaded and private sites, easy to get in and get level, electric hookups, water and dump station on site, clean showers, and not terribly expensive.

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park delivers ALL of that except the shaded and private sites, so this is a 5-star park in our book. Our kids found friends right away, bouncing around between our site, the friends' cabin, the playground, and the camp roads. We had a great time here, and will definitely return.

Of course the real attraction in the park are the caverns, featuring the semi-comedic tour guide. We were treated to fascinating history and geology mixed in with breathtaking underground scenery. This was $20 well spent for quality family entertainment!

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Nightly Rate: $28.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: E6

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 10, 2016
Rated

We were on a long weekend tent camping across Western MT and decided to bunk in the one room cabins. It was well worth the money (I think we paid about $55) for the cabin in this setting. You could walk to the river (literally across the road) or trek the trails which were very close or drive up to caverns within a few minutes. Well maintained, good facilities (close to the cabins) and quiet.

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Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: Cabin

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
Retired Vagabond

  • 44 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 26, 2016
Rated

While I enjoyed my stay, it happened to be quite warm and my site didn't have electricity or any large trees. There were a few in the campground just not my site. I chose not to go into the caverns so I can't review them, however many said they were worth seeing.

My site was pretty level. The campground roads and sites were gravel. Also there was a lot of room in between the sites, but not that much privacy as there weren't many shrubs. They have water and a dump facility there, but not at the sites. Rest rooms were around the campsite, some were vault toilets. Showers were available.

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Nightly Rate: $9.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: B004

4 Access
3 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 10, 2016
Rated

Nice open campground with plenty of sun for the solar panels.

Campground is broken up into smaller gravel loops. Gravel is fairly compacted and easy to traverse. There is a mix of back-in sites and pull through sites.

This campground offers reservations but we were able to snag a nice site for two nights. Sites have tickets describing resurrection or available for 1 night. Went to the welcome station and they were able to get us the site for two nights. Mid week in July and the campground was almost full!

If you are going to camp at other Montana State parks, writhin 1 year, the annual pass might be a good deal. The annual pass is $35 (purchased at the welcome center). This dropped the per-night from $28 to $18.

Couple of the loops do have electricity. RV dump and fresh water are a available in the campground. Cell phone booster helps.

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Nightly Rate: $28.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: C2

4 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 05, 2016
Rated

After staying at crowded RV parks for several weeks while we visited Yellowstone and Glacier, it was a refreshing change to come to this state park and finally have a large site again with plenty of space to spread out and not feel crowded by neighbors. This park is a little on the expensive side for a state park, but I think that's because we had to pay the non-Montana resident rate and a reservation fee. Anyway, it was only for 2 nights and we really enjoyed it. We also visited the caverns while we were there which was awesome. Verizon coverage was pretty weak there, only 3G and sometimes not even that. But we have a booster which helped get it to a weak 4G.

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Nightly Rate: $39.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: E6

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

June 21, 2017
Rated

We camped in a 30ft Class C. Wonderful campground with electric at our site. Campground host was very nice and makes rounds to deliver firewood for sale ($5/bundle) Water spigots were available, as well as a dump station and water to fill tanks. All sites were very spacious with trees, campfire rings & picnic tables. Had a playground in close range to our site, perfect for kids to play within view. Had clean showers and restrooms. View of mountains and river across the road. We toured the caverns, but note, it is a 3/4 mile hike just to the cave entrance in full sun. The 4 year old was not happy. Cave tours last about 2 hours and are reasonably priced. The cave visitor center had a restroom, gift shop and cafe with snacks/sandwhiches.

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Nightly Rate: $44.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: E5

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 27, 2018
Rated

We specifically selected this state park as a destination after driving by years ago on another road trip. We generally dry camp either boondocking or at BLM and FS sites, but opted for a state park for the electric option for a few days. Non-resident fees without a Montana State Park Pass is $30 just for electric, at this park. I don't know of others. there are two electric loops, D and E and outside of these loops are pull through sites with electricity on the main road circling the park. Each loop has six back in sites. The main road is paved with each of the camping pads gravel. Most appear to be very unlevel. We had to lower the front of our fifth wheel all the way to the bottom to be level front to back. Side to side was level. Based on the configuration of the sites, it's impossible to avoid walking through a site when using their main bathroom.

There were faucets located throughout the park, but they were in the middle of the grassy walking areas so if you needed water you would have to walk over with your jug. There is a fresh water spigot at the dump site, but it is on the exit or entry road, whichever way you come in to the dump station, and is unlevel so there is no way to accurately gauge how much water you are taking on. The dump station is also unlevel so again there is no way to gauge if you have completely dumped your tanks.

Showers are available for $3 for 5 minutes. The restrooms were clean.

We drove to the top of the park to visit the caverns area, but did not tour them due to having pets that we didn't want to leave in the RV for the two hour tour. They do have kennels at the top, but they are outside and unmanned. The gift shop and café at the top are very nice with a great variety and the views are amazing.

Verizon access was just one bar, but with our booster, we had three.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: D7

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 20, 2019
Rated

Absolutely awesome tour of the caverns. The camping park was nice too. Well kept, clean, fun play area for the kids, plenty of room between spots. Overall a great stay.

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roadtripper2600211 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 07

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 01, 2019
Rated

Price reflects non-resident fee for electric only, unlevel site. We made online reservations for a site described as “semi shade”, however there was none. Site was large but neighbors used most of it for their lawn games. Bathrooms appeared to be “heavily used” and, for the site fee, we thought paying for showers excessive. However, we only stayed 2 nights while on our way elsewhere. Would find another place if in the same area again. Little to no Verizon or AT&T signal for email only. Some train noise but not excessive. Didn’t visit the caverns. Some nice trails.

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Nightly Rate: $39.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: D1

3 Access
4 Location
3 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

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AT&T 4G

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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd.
Whitehall, Montana
59759 USA
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