• photo of a replica keelboat with a crew member on the bow at sunset

    Lewis & Clark

    National Historic Trail ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA

Environmental Factors

scenic view of mountains looking west from Rt. 275 between Three Forks and Helena, near Townsend, Montana

Looking west from Montana Rt. 275 between Three Forks and Helena, near Townsend, Montana.

NPS JH-Anderson

Many environmental factors exist along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Everything from non-native species to untimely releases of water from dams, to the loss of habitats, can have significant impacts to this historic corridor.




Learn about some of these factors by visiting sites along the trail highlighted in the right-hand column.

Did You Know?

George Rogers Clark

Twenty years before the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Thomas Jefferson hoped to mount the “Clark Expedition.” In 1783, Jefferson asked William Clark’s brother and Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark, to lead a cross country expedition to explore the west. Clark declined the offer.