Welcome back to tours!

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site is happy to announce that we will be offering outside tours and talks starting on July 2, 2020. Tours will discuss the Lewis & Clark Expedition and its time in the Illinois Country at Camp River Dubois.

For the health and safety of our visitors, our tours will be limited to 10 visitors at a time. They will be scheduled tours available Tuesday-Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Because we must limit to 10 visitors per tour, visitors should call the site at 618-251-5811 to reserve a space. Walk-ups are welcome as long as there is room in the tour. Preference will be made for those that have made reservations. You can also contact us at this email: tours@campdubois.com

We are working on a tour scheduling program for visitors to reserve a tour spot online. More information on that will be provided when it is up and running.

Lewis & Clark SHS staff will be wearing masks during the entire time spent with visitors. Visitors will be required to maintain social distancing during the entirety of the tour.

Outdoor tours will start at the front entrance then continue along a paved path to the reconstructed Camp River Dubois buildings and settler’s cabin. Tours will not enter the buildings. Materials will be on hand for visitors to see how the camp would have been furnished during the time of the Expedition.

We have submitted our proposal for allowing visitors back inside the Interpretive Center and are awaiting feedback on it. Hopefully, we will have more information on that soon.



Open hours and days are the same as the regular schedule. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours available Tuesday-Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.


•Do not enter the site if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.


•Hiking, bird watching, fishing, and biking are all available at the site. The confluence viewing area is available during open hours.


•Note that the Interpretive Center is still closed. Shelters, historic reconstructions, and special events are still closed. Outside tours will only go around outside of structures.


•Restrooms and hand washing are available at the Interpretive Center from the outside. Restroom doors are to the right of the main entrance. Follow CDC and DPH guidelines on best practices for personal hygiene when using the facilities.


•Be respectful of others and practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet between persons not with your immediate group.


•Masks are appropriate in areas where 6 Feet distancing is not possible.



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


Find Us

Interpretive Center Hours

Currently Closed to the Public

Open Every Day

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Store of Discovery Hours

Open Wednesday – Sunday

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


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.



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.

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