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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

LCIC Front ViewLCIC Front DeskLCIC River Camp Vanessa in TeepeeLCIC River Camp Vanessa and David LCIC in the Fall LCIC Marmot LCIC Diorama


Our Mission

"The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center imparts to the public a personal sense of President Thomas Jefferson's vision of expanding America to the west; it inspires awe and awakens curiosity toward the challenges faced by the expedition as they portaged the great falls of the Missouri River and explored the 'unknown'; brings to life the daily experiences of the expedition and the environment and native peoples of the 'uncharted West'; and celebrates the indomitable spirit of human discovery we all share."

Dates/Hours of Operation

Operational Hours:

October 1, 2016 - May 26, 2017
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Noon—5 p.m. Closed Mondays

May 27, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Open Daily: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Reservations Advance reservations for groups of 20 or larger can be made by calling 406-727-8733. Group rates are available at $6 per person who are 16 years or older.  

Daily Admission Fees:

  • Adults (16 and older):  $8.00/person
  • Children (15 and younger):  Free

Federal Interagency Annual, Senior, Access, and Military passes are accepted. 

Accessibility The Interpretive Center is accessible. Elevators are available. Service animals are permitted. 
Parking The Interpretive Center has parking for recreational vehicles, buses and  other large modes of transportation. There is plenty of parking for large groups.
Amenities Picnic tables, Drinking water, toilets
Activities Day Hiking on the Sulphur Springs Trail, Interpretive areas

Status Update (Feb. 2, 2018) on LCIC

There have been many questions and confusion regarding the future of the LCIC, so we wanted to clear it up here. The LCIC is important to us--as we know it is important to many of you, too!  

Cascade County Commission letter to Forest

Forest response letter to County Commission

The funding the Forest receives for our recreation program, which includes the LCIC, has experienced a 50% decrease over the past 10 years. This funding is for our entire recreation program, so it goes toward maintenance, improvements, enhancements, etc. of all of our motorized and non-motorized trails, campgrounds, dispersed campsites, rental cabins, etc., along with the LCIC. So when we have a declining budget, we look at how we can continue to provide quality services and programs for the public across the entire 3-million-acre forest, including within the LCIC, with less money. We have to do this with all of our programs that experience a funding decrease—so this is not unique to the LCIC, it’s simply that the LCIC is part of the recreation program and we, as a forest, need to make decisions on how to manage the entire program with less funding, and still meet the needs and desires of the public!

Rather than focusing on what we can’t do with the budget, we are looking toward the future and the tremendous opportunity we have to partner with community groups—including the County Commissioners and Lewis & Clark Foundation—to seek grants, additional partners, etc. to keep the LCIC moving forward and providing the community with its popular programs and events.  

Center Maps

Map of the Center Area Hiking Trails

Map of the Missouri River Falls (geo pdf for smartphones)

Map of the Sulphur Springs Hiking Trail