Lewis and Clark Trail
The Lewis and Clark Trail is a United States National Historic Trail commemorating the journey of the 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery expedition that explored the U.S.A.'s newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. Starting in Illinois, it follows the Missouri River to the headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, then over the Continental Divide. From there it follows the Clearwater, Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Pacific Ocean near Fort Clatsop Oregon. The expedition paved way for the wave of colonization known as the "Wild West", and the parallel Oregon Trail.
North Dakota, like many other states along the Missouri, has designated a "Lewis and Clark Trail" following the river on both sides. Also common to these states is the naming of the state highways running alongside the rivers; 1804 on the east side and 1806 on the west. In North Dakota the 1804/1806 signage can be spotty, but the "Lewis and Clark Trail" signs are always there.
There are other places as well to experience Lewis and Clark's journey. In Billings, Montana, Pompey's Pillar Rock is a national monument featuring William Clark's signature on an unusually large rock along the Yellowstone River. A new interpretive center and museum opened in July 2005. Tours and viewing opportunities out of Billings of Pompey's Pillar Rock are available to the public by the Whoopah Ride.
From Bismarck, go north on 1804 and follow the Lewis and Clark Trail signs.
From Mandan, go north on 1806 and follow the Lewis and Clark Trail Signs.
You'll see the Cottonwood forests of the Missouri Valley, and depending on how close you stay to the river, you'll come across plenty of interesting things.
Notable Places along the East Bank
Notable Places along the West Bank
- Cross Ranch State Park near Stanton
- Lake Sakakawea State Park near the Garrison Dam
River crossings are located at
- Buford, on State Highway 58.
- Williston, on US 85 southwest of town.
- New Town, on State Highway 23 west of town.
- Garrison Dam, on State Highway 200.
- Washburn, on State Highway 200A.
- and of course Bismarck/Mandan.
Lewis and Clark State Historic Sitephone: +1 618 251-5811address: #1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048
phone: +1 314 655-1700address: 11 North 4th Street, St Louis, MO 63102
National Frontier Trails Centerphone: +1 816 325-7575address: 318 West Pacific, Independence, MO 64050
The Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Centerphone: +1 636 947-3199address: Bishop's Landing, 1050 Riverside Drive, St Charles, MO 63301
Frontier Army Museumphone: +1 913 684-3767address: 100 Reynolds Ave,Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
phone: +1 712 423-2829address: Route 1, Box 104, Onawa, IA 51040
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centerphone: +1 712 224-5242address: 900 Larsen Road, Sioux City, IA 51102
Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trails & Visitors Centerphone: +1 402 874-9900address: 100 Valmont Drive, Nebraska City, NE 68410
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitor Centerphone: +1 402 661-1804address: 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102
Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Centeraddress: St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Sitephone: +1 701 745-3300address: PO Box 9, County Road 37, Stanton, ND 58571
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Sitephone: +1 701 572-9083address: RR3 Box 71, Williston, ND 58801
Theodore Roosevelt National Parkphone: +1 701 623-4466address: Box 7, Medora, ND 58645
Fort Mandan North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Centerphone: +1 701 462-8535address: PO Box 607, Washburn, ND 58577
Pompeys Pillar National Historic Landmarkphone: +1 406 875-2233address: Pompeys Pillar, MT 59105
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Centerphone: +1 406 727-8733address: 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls, MT 59403
Missouri Headwaters State Parkphone: +1 406 994-4042address: 1400 South 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59792
address: Lolo, MT
address: US Highway 12 at the Idaho - Montana Border
Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Education Centerphone: +1 208 756-1188address: 200 Main Street, Salmon, ID 83467
Northwest Passage National Scenic Bywayaddress: Lewiston, Idaho
phone: +1 509 525-7703address: 755 Myra Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Centerphone: +1 360 642-3078address: PO Box 488, Ilwaco, WA 98624
phone: +1 509 545-2361address: 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, Pasco, WA. 99301
Lewis and Clark National Historical Parkphone: +1 503 861-2471address: Route 3, Box 604-FC Astoria, OR 97103