Cave formations in a new light
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: August 5, 2017

Montana State Parks ( will host an interpretive program showing cave formations that you can touch on Tuesday, August 8th at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.


Cave formations at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park take a very long time to grow. On average our formations are growing at a rate of 1 cubic inch per 100 years.  Touching a formation with your bare hands is one of the worst things you can do; the oils in your skin stop the formations from growing.


“We will have formations that you can handle and see the inside of,” Said Park Ranger Derrick Rathe.


This a great chance to not only touch formations but also learn exactly how caves get formations. The program will be held at the campground amphitheater.


For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 287-3541.


What: Cave Formations in a New Light: Interpretive Program


When: Tuesday, August 8th @ 8:00 PM


Where: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT


From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.

From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.




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Derrick Rathe

Park Ranger,

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

(406) 287-3541