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Some of the state parks in Montana offer convenient, nearby camping. If you don’t have all the gear you need for your camping trip to Lewis And Clark Cavern State Park, rent our camping gear online and have it delivered right to your home or convenient pickup point along the way. When you rent our backpacking or camping gear, you are getting a lot better quality than buying at the local big-box retail store, and, you will save money as well. Rental of outdoor gear for a night or two at Lewis And Clark Cavern State Park is easy; just click on the “Rent Online” tab above to get started. You can rent camping tents, cooking gear, backpacks, lanterns, sleeping gear, GPS Trackers – everything you need for a great outdoor experience. We also have new gear for sale as well as any accessories or supplies you could use for your next trip into your favorite state park.
We’ll ship your rented outdoor equipment direct to your home before your trip, or to a convenient location near the entrance to Lewis And Clark Cavern State Park. On your way back home, just load the rented backpacking and camping gear back into the same box we shipped to you, use the prepaid return label, and drop off the rental at one of our carrier’s shipping points.
Here’s some information you may find useful before your trip (sourced from Wikipedia and other research):
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is a 3,000-acre public recreation and nature preservation area located twelve miles east of Whitehall in Jefferson County, Montana. The state park includes two visitor centers, ten miles of hiking trails, a campground, and its namesake limestone caverns. The Lewis and Clark Caverns Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018.
The caverns may have been familiar to Native Americans since long before their discovery by Europeans, though there has been no documented evidence of human presence in the cave before the late 1800s. The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped within sight of the caverns on July 31, 1805, when they camped along Antelope Creek. In 1892, local ranchers Tom Williams and Bert Pannel saw steam coming from the caverns while hunting. Following the discovery, two people from Whitehall, Montana, Charles Brooke and Mexican John claimed that they had discovered the cavern in 1882. However, their claims are unsubstantiated. In 1898, Williams finally explored the caverns with some friends.
If you are a first-time camper, an overnight trip into Lewis And Clark Cavern State Park is a great way to get started – it’s probably close by, and the staff is used to advising families out on their first trip. We make it easy to rent gear as well if you are aren’t sure what to take – check out our camping gear packages
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The cave was first developed for tours around 1900 by Dan A. Morrison, who called it Limespur Cave. He filed a mineral claim on the land in 1905, but the Northern Pacific Railroad disputed that claim and filed a court case against him. The railroad won the court battle and then handed the land over to the federal government. The site was first officially established as "Lewis and Clark Cavern National Monument" on May 11, 1908, but was not fully surveyed and declared until May 16, 1911, by President Taft as 160 acres. The limestone cave is named after the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark since the cavern overlooks over 50 miles of the trail from the Lewis and Clark Expedition along the Jefferson River, although Lewis and Clark never saw the cavern. Lewis and Clark did, however, pass through portions of the modern-day park. It is located approximately 45 miles west of Bozeman, Montana, and 60 miles northwest from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. The caverns are also notable in that much of the work done to make the cave system accessible to tourists was performed by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps.
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