Following the new Tier 3 mitigations for COVID-19, the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site will be


starting on Friday, November 20, 2020.





Outside use areas like pavilions and prairie paths will remain open to the public. Restrooms accessible from the outside of the Interpretive Center and the confluence viewing areas will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Keep an eye on the Lewis & Clark SHS Facebook Page for updates on our closed status.


Follow the Illinois Department of Public Health and Madison County  Public Health Department for the most up to date information on COVID-19.

Everyone please stay safe and healthy, we hope to see you soon. Social Distance, wear a mask, stop the spread, and help reopen Lewis & Clark SHS!

#WeProceedOn      #AllInIllinois

Depart On A Journey Through History At Lewis & Clark State Historic Site!


Find Us

Interpretive Center Hours

Closed Indefinitey

Store of Discovery Hours

Closed Indefinitely


1 Lewis and Clark Trail

Hartford, IL 62048

GPS (3500 New Poag Road)


(618) 251-5811

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site celebrates the Lewis & Clark Expedition with a focus on the Detachment’s time spent at Camp River Dubois preparing for their journey. A 14,000 square foot Interpretive Center, 15-minute interpretive film, reconstructed Settlers’ Cabin, and reconstructed Camp River Dubois welcome visitors to the Point of Departure.

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Events at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

Special Events offer something for visitors of all ages and interests. Meet re-enactors portraying Expedition soldiers! Watch and learn as historic artisans demonstrate their craft! Learn about wildlife in your own backyard!

With programs throughout the year, there is always something new and exciting to experience next.

Upcoming Events in the News