Montana State Parks

Lewis & Clark Experience

“The hills and river cliffs...exhibit a most romantic appearance” - Meriwether Lewis on Montana


Lewis & Clark ExPEDITION

Captain Meriwether Lewis began his famous exploration of the Louisiana Purchase on July 5th, 1803. In May of 1804, after months of preparation, Lewis and his co-Captain William Clark left St. Louis with a party of men, the Corps of Discovery, and a flotilla of well-supplied boats and began their passage up the Missouri River.

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Expedition through MONTANA

The Corps of Discovery made their way through what would eventually become the state of Montana in 1805. Moving up the Missouri River they encountered amazing natural wonders, endured grueling hardships, were met and aided by many Native American tribes and crossed the Rocky Mountains in their pursuit of a Northern Route to the Pacific Ocean.

Travel through Montana where the Corps of Discovery originally discovered what we now call Big Sky country.



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Beaverhead Rock State Park Get Directions to Park Beaverhead Rock can be viewed and photographed from a distance, but cannot be directly accessed. There are two great locations to best see the rock formation, though. The first is 14 miles south of Twin Bridges on Highway 41 where a pull-off has informational signs and an interesting bird …

Clark's Lookout State Park Get Directions to Park Clark's Lookout State Park is located one mile north of Dillon, above the Beaverhead River. Established December 23, 1985, Clark's Lookout is set along the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Click He…

Giant Springs State Park Get Directions to Park Located just outside of Great Falls lies Giant Springs State Park. Originally discovered by Lewis & Clark in 1805, Giant Springs is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. Come marvel at this day-use park's remarkable features and view the variety of birdlife. Take part …

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Get Directions to Park Located just east of Whitehall, MT, lies the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Discovered in 1892 by local hunters, these caverns went on to become Montana's first state park. As one of the largest known limestone cavern systems in the northwest, Montanans have been exploring the caves for …

Milltown State Park Get Directions to Park On the outskirts of Missoula you'll find Montana's newest state park Milltown State Park. Once a Superfund river restoration project, years of hard work from multiple state and federal agencies, non-profits, businesses, and committed volunteers helped make the park what it is today. We are able to …

Missouri Headwaters State Park Get Directions to Park Missouri Headwaters State Park is just outside of Three Forks downtown and only 35 minutes outside of Bozeman. The convergence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers is the start of the longest river in North America, the Missouri River.  Considered an essential part of th…

Tower Rock State Park Get Directions to Park Tower Rock, a 424-foot high rock formation that marks the entrance to the Missouri River Canyon in the Adel Mountains Volcanic Field. Click Here To Access a Map!

Traveler's Rest State Park Get Directions to Park Both a state park and a National Historic Landmark, Travelers' Rest is filled with historical significance. In 2001 the land that Travelers' Rest State Park resides on was donated to the State of Montana. After an archeological investigation in 2002, it was discovered that this location…

Pirogue Island State Park Get Directions to Park Pirogue Island State Park just a mile north of Miles City, Montana, a little more than two hours from Billings, Montana by way of Interstate 94, and on the north side of a bend in the Yellowstone River. In addition to extensive hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing, the island is a possible s…

General Park Fee Information

Montana residents in a vehicle with valid Montana license plates are allowed to enter State Parks for free. Camping, tour, special event and other fees still apply.

Nonresident visitors are required to pay day-use fees usually from $2 to $5. Nonresidents can also purchase annual Montana State Parks Passports for unlimited use. Passports are $25 for the first vehicle and $20 for additional vehicles. They can be purchased at any state park, regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks office or online at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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