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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center


Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

"We commence building our cabins."

- William Clark, November 3, 1804

This simple journal entry marked the construction of Fort Mandan, the Corps of Discovery's winter home from 1804-1805. Through the winter, Lewis & Clark interviewed members of the nearby Mandan-Hidatsa villages to plot maps and plan the next phase of their journey to the Pacific Ocean. They also had the good fortune to meet a remarkable young woman named Sacagawea.


Today, we have a newly-remodeled Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and a new collection of artifacts, a new exhibit honoring North Dakota's family farms, and much more. We also welcome you to step back in time and visit the reconstructed Fort Mandan.



Intersection of US Hwy 83 and ND Hwy 200A, Washburn, North Dakota

-- 38 miles north of Bismarck (Maps)

Interpretive Pass

Adult: $8.00 per person
Students: $5.00 (Free during 2018 thanks to a MDU Resources Foundation grant)
Children 5 and under: Free
Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation Members: Free
There is no vehicle entry fee.

Nearby Attractions

McLean County Historical Society Museums

Painted Woods Golf Course

Cross Ranch State Park

Cross Ranch Preserve (The Nature Conservancy)

Lost Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Fort Clark State Historic Site

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery

Lake Sakakawea State Park

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

Falkirk Mine

Coal Creek Station

Trail types

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