Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms on lands owned by the National Park Service.
Lands along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail are owned by many entities. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail traverses eleven states and numerous Indian lands. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, tribal and federal firearms laws before traveling the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. These places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
For information regarding firearms regulations in each of the eleven states traversed by the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, visit the links below:
Trail States: (map)
Did You Know?
Jefferson sent the Corps of Discovery to find the "most direct & practicable water communication across [the] continent." Although the Corps did not find the water route Jefferson had hoped for, they did explore 4 major rivers: the Missouri, the Columbia, the Snake, and the Yellowstone.