Lewis and Clark Camp DuBois State Historic Site
Lewis and Clark Camp DuBois State Historic Site
Vistiors Center Lewis and Clark Camp DuBois State Historic Site

Visitors Center at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
In the early 1990's efforts were made through the Lewis and Clark Society of America and the National Park Service to build a visitor's center on the adjacent farmland next to the confluence monument on the dry side of the Chain of Rocks levee. Although this plan was never realized, the land owned by the Society was eventually coupled with property owned by the State of Illinois to create a roughly 60-acre plot. Governor Jim Edgar and the Illinois General Assembly in 1998 appropriated $3 million in state funds, and Congressman Jerry Costello secured $4 million in federal funds to construct a new 14,000 square foot facility to tell the Illinois story of the expedition. Construction on the new Interpretive Center began in October 2000.

The Interpretive Center focuses on the often untold Illinois story of Lewis and Clark. Exhibits discuss the preliminary information and knowledge gathered on the land west of the Mississippi River and the preparations, expectations, and anticipations for the expedition.

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site was designated as the location for one of the National Signature Events for the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. This national event occurred on May 14, 2004 and marked the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the journey from Lewis and Clark's winter camp in Illinois. (For more information about the Bicentennial Commemoration go to www.lewisandclark200.org

Lewis and Clark Camp DuBois State Historic Site


The Store of Discovery
The center also features a gift shop operated by the Lewis and Clark Society of America, profits from which will be donated to the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. The store is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call 618-251-6244.

Future plans for the site include the construction of a full scale replica of Camp River Dubois, the establishment of nearly 20 acres of prairie, hiking and biking trails, picnic facilities, and day use areas.

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site was designated as the location for one of the National Signature Events for the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. This national event occurred on May 14, 2004 and marked the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the journey from Lewis and Clark's camp in Illinois. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is open for free public tours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site and the official Camp River Dubois web site is owned and operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Text or graphics may not be copied, rewritten or distributed in any manner whatsoever without written permission. For more information, contact clark@campdubois.com © 2006 All rights reserved world wide.