Clark's Lookout State Park

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Clark's Lookout State Park

Montana

(406) 834-3413

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Overview

Clark's Lookout State Park is located just 1 mile north of Dillon off Highway 91. Near the paved parking lot, 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. Trailer and RV not recommended for this site, pets on leash are allowed.

In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through this area exploring the land on behalf of the United States. Captain Lewis was leading the way with a small group while Captain Clark was bringing up the rear. In order to make the journey across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the party needed horses from the local tribe. On August 13, 1805, Clark climbed a high bluff above the Beaverhead River to get a sense of his surroundings and document the location. Unknown to Clark, Lewis had met with 60 Shoshone warriors and was working to establish a meeting at what would become Camp Fortunate. While Clark was using the lookout, Lewis was struggling to gain the trust and cooperation of the Shoshone. The longer Clark remained behind, the harder it became for Lewis to keep the tribe with him. Low on food, the Shoshones were anxious to move on and hunt.

Map of Clark's Lookout (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.235000, -112.634000

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Make the short walk to the top of the lookout and you'll discover a magnficent view of the Beaverhead Valley and a monument showing the the three compass readings that Captain Clark took on that day.

  • Picnicking

    This scenic area is a great spot for a picnic, but there are no tables or other facilities, except a toilet. Please pack out all your trash.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The scenic lookout is a great spot for viewing wildlife.

Directions

Driving

In Dillon on I-15 at Montana 41 exit, .5 mile south, then 1 mile north on Old State Hwy 91.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 834-3413

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