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Cardwell, Montana

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Cardwell, Montana



Cardwell, Montana
Phone: (406) 287-3541

Sites: 40
Recent Rate: $39 8/2016

Latitude: 45.824898958397
Longitude: -111.85127894974

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

23 Reviews

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Review Count: 292
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 50

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate is for a dry-camping, no hook-up site, expensive because of out-of-state status. The campground is a bit off the interstate, but on good roads, so not that hard to get to. There is fresh water fill at the dump station.The main attraction here are the caverns, so many are one-night stands. There are few trees in the campground, so plan on sun. Your solar panels will be happy. The spaces are open but well-separated and the views of the surrounding hills are very pleasant. It was wonderfully quiet and dark at night, good sleeping. Generator hours are from 7 am to 10 pm, like it or not. During our visit, no one abused this by running a generator continuously, so not a problem. We were easily able to get satellite with our roof-top dish. Verizon data and voice were sketchy and required our Wilson amp with roof-top antenna. We would certainly stay here again. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C2
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The main activity here is the tour of the caverns. It is well worth while. Two hour and two miles and a bit strenuous. Stock up as stores are several miles away.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

After staying at crowded RV parks for several weeks while we visited Yellowstone and Glacier, it was a refreshing change to come to this state park and finally have a large site again with plenty of space to spread out and not feel crowded by neighbors. This park is a little on the expensive side for a state park, but I think that's because we had to pay the non-Montana resident rate and a reservation fee. Anyway, it was only for 2 nights and we really enjoyed it. We also visited the caverns while we were there which was awesome. Verizon coverage was pretty weak there, only 3G and sometimes not even that. But we have a booster which helped get it to a weak 4G. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Regularly a convenient stop on our way to the Midwest and to Yellowstone NP. Family friendly and very quiet. Pay for showers. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E006
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Go early upon arrival at camp to the Lewis and Clark Caverns to reserve your tour.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here as a stopover between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Our campground fee includes the out-of-state user fee. The campground was very nice, and the cave tour is amazing. Campsites are level and well spaced out. You camp in a valley with mountains surrounding you. Hubby was not able to use his satellite dish--trees were not the problem--must be the towering mountains. The bathrooms/showers are a bit dated, but kept very clean. The Visitors Center is a short walk away, and the caves are a 3 mile drive up the mountain. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The guided tour of the caves was excellent. Our guide was a retired elementary school teacher, and he related well with everyone in our group, especially the children. You hike about 3/4 mile up the mountain to the cave entrance, but the tour guide paces the group well so that no one feels stressed. There is one point where you must slide down a small chute--makes you feel like a kid again! There are a number of stairs, but nothing too hard to navigate. The caves are jaw dropping beautiful--bring your camera!

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Review Count: 136
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Nightly rate includes park entrance fee. Site was 50 amp electric, but no water or sewer. Verizon cell/MiFi reception was inconsistent; sometimes fast, sometimes slow. No satellite reception, blocked either by trees or the surrounding mountains. Site was sloped, leveling jacks lifted the front tires 4" off the ground. We enjoyed our stay at this quiet campground. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E6
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to take the 2-hour cave tour.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

No park admission fee if your camping. Has a dump station with water in the back half of the campground. Campground roads are blacktop with gravel sites. The entire campground is on a slant so I needed extra blocks under the stabilizer jacks. Definitely big rig friendly as there are not a lot of mature trees though lots of grass though to play. Restrooms were clean with pay showers. Playground for kids. Didn't go to the cave as this was just a stopover on a longer trip. Beautiful view with mountains all around. We would stay here again. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
P8
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for 2 nights at this lovely campground. We stayed in loop E with hookups. This is a lovely open campground with large spaces for RVs. There is a nice playground for children. It would be a lovely place to stay even without the proximity of the Caverns, but that trip just adds to the experience. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop E
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Caverns except for those who have serious knee problems or claustrophobia.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here 3 nights. Were going to stay 5 but a wind and thunderstorm damaged our tent and we had to vacate. The campground host was very helpful and retrieved our payment after the storm and gave us our refund. Very comfortable large sites and no complaints at all. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this campground! Really large sites with lots of room. We were in E loop with electric and thank goodness because it was HOT! We were super close to a very nice, large playground. Perfect for the kids. The nightly ranger programs were great! The caverns were amazing to tour although I recommend going early if it's hot.the hike to the entrance is pretty steep. Only downsides to this park were in level sites and shower costs - $2 for 4 minutes. Sidenote - 7 miles past the campground take a right for a fishing access road that has a rocky beach for swimming. Would definitely camp here again. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely SP in a great location with easy to get into sites. Plenty large and well spaced. NO cell service to speak of. Located at the base of the caverns. The only bad thing is the price. For a SP $29 is way too high. Seems they give MT residents a break but with such a low population it sure doesn't cost them very much to do so. I highly recommend the cave tour. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects non-resident and reservation fee. Several state parks in the area. This was the best of the bunch for a place to stay after seeing the others. Headwaters was very interesting as was Buffalo Jump. Sites were very roomy and level and electric worked well. Host were friendly. Dump station not very level so unable to get empty. Pull-through sites do not have electric hookups and reservations required for electric sites. Plenty of sites for walk-in as park is a bit out of the way. Caverns were interesting for additional $10. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

I really enjoyed this campground. The park is located in a valley with mountains on three sides. Roads are paved and sites have gravel pads. Campground is mostly open, but there are some mature trees. Only a handful of sites have electric so you need to make a reservation for those. About the only thing to do is visit the caverns, which are a 3.5 mile drive up a steep road, but I had no problems driving it and really found the caves interesting. Good parking at the top and terrific views. Tour is a bit strenuous, so I would not recommend for small children or elderly. I will come back here again. Price is for electric site. Also, state park lists its address as Whitehall, so I am not sure why it is listed under Cardwell. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a camping campground, not an amenities RV resort. We enjoy camping and enjoyed this park. Very nice playground for the kids. The best caverns we have seen on our cavern/spelunking summer vacation. Wonderful place. You can reserve a power site more than 2 days out, but will roll the dice if you pull up unannounced. They have 2 sites with power that are first come first serve. We got one! No, we didn't win the lottery the next day. Not much shade, so having power for us was a must, we have pets that stayed inside while we went to the caverns. They have a nightly bat and wildlife walking tour at the RV park. Pull through was not level, but we did fine with blocks and levelers. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

LOVE the Lewis and Clark Caverns! This campground is across from the visitor center. Nice park with clean, modern bathrooms. Playground for the kids. Stayed one night on our way home so we could visit the Caverns. Very convenient. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to visit. Limited electric hook up sites, (only 12) most require reservation in summer. We snagged one of two non-reserved electric sites when we arrived on a week day. $28 rate is non-resident, electric hook up. Non electric sites and Montana residents cost less. Our pull through site was huge with plenty of room left over even with our 40' fiver/three slides and truck. Most sites are back in. Minor leveling needed. Campground has no buffer/plantings between sites, but roomy enough for privacy. Some shade but mostly open. Web site says barbecues at sites: not true, but each site does have fire ring. One tipi site and a couple of cabins also for rent. Very kid friendly: good playground, great biking for kids. Evening ranger programs. At&T cell marginal, Verizon air card slow, but doable. No problem for satellite. $2.00 for 4 minute showers. A handful of water spigots in each loop: bring a full tank with, or fill at dump station or bring LOTS of hose. Be sure to take the cavern tour. Outstanding and very reasonable: $10 adults. Clean, quiet, very dark at night. Would definitely return if passing through again. We camped at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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