Welcome Back to Tours at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site!

Changes to go into effect on January 27, 2021.

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site is happy to announce that we are now offering tours of Camp River Dubois and the Interpretive Center. Tours (offered Wednesday- Sunday) will discuss the Lewis & Clark Expedition and its time in the Illinois Country at Camp River Dubois.

For the time being, scheduling a tour of the Interpretive Center is the only way to enter the indoor portion of the site. The outside reconstructions, pavilions, and confluence viewing area are open for self-guided tours and use during open days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Tours are available Wednesday-Sunday. Indoor tours will view the Interpretive Center galleries. Outdoor tours will view the Camp River Dubois replica and Settler’s Cabin replica.

For the health and safety of our visitors, all tours are limited to 10 visitors per tour.

Due to space limitations, visitors should reserve a spot ahead of time by contacting Lewis & Clark State Historic Site. Walk-ups will be accommodated as much as possible. Reservations will be prioritized. There is no cost for these tours. The reservations are only to ensure the number of visitors at any time is at a level allowing for safe social distancing.

Reserve your spot by calling (618) 251-5811 or emailing Tours@CampDubois.com.


Tours Available Wednesday– Sunday

Indoor Tours –             10 AM, 12 PM, & 2 PM

Outdoor Tours –          11 AM & 3 PM

Reserve your spot by calling (618) 251-5811 or emailing Tours@CampDubois.com.



To ensure safe and engaging tours during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented the following guidelines in line with the Illinois Governor’s orders and Illinois Department of Public Health guidance:

  • Tours are scheduled and limited to 10 visitors per tour to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • All tours begin in front of the Interpretive Center. The sidewalk is marked to encourage queueing with appropriate social distancing.
  • Visitors will be screened for symptoms before admittance for Indoor Tours.
  • Tour guides will wear a mask covering their mouth and nose during the entirety of Indoor Tours. They will be worn whenever enough distance is not possible during Outdoor Tours.
  • Visitors will be asked to wear a mask/face shield during Indoor Tours (except for children under 2 years old).
  • Visitors and staff are asked to maintain social distancing at all times. Spaces are marked out at 6’ distances.
  • Tour guides will sanitize the Interpretive Center following every tour.
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities will be made available to visitors.
  • Restrooms are accessible from the exterior entrance only and are cleaned throughout the day.

Keep an eye on the Lewis & Clark SHS Facebook Page for updates. Regional COVID-19 metrics may change the opening status with short notice.


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.

Social Distance, wear a mask, and stop the spread!

#WeProceedOn      #AllInIllinois

Work at Lewis & Clark SHS

Come work with us!
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site has posted open positions for Seasonal Conservation/Historic Preservation Workers. These positions are full-time for a 6-month term. Pay is $11 per hour. Days of the week may vary. Applications must be completed online by May 13. No paper applications will be accepted this year.
For questions on the application, contact us at Lewis & Clark SHS – (618) 251-5811.
One position will be interpretive and will include tours and work with the public to share the Lewis & Clark Story:
Two positions will be grounds and building maintenance focused:
*Please be sure to click on the Historic Sites Application when following the IDNR link.

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


Find Us

Interpretive Center Hours

Limited, guided tours available for registration Wednesday – Sunday. Indoor Tours available at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM. Outdoor Tours available at 11 AM and 2 PM.

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.

You can now visit the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site online through our virtual programs. Reach out to our site interpreters to set up a session with your students. You can contact us about programs at Clark@CampDubois.com and Benjamin.Pollard@Illinois.gov .

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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