Encampment Theatre

This natural rock Encampment Theatre is the site of Clark’s Court and Lewis’s Lookout. Lewis and Clark camped on this site in 1804 for three days. During these three days, a historic court-martial was held and punishment was administered to two young crew members for illicitly drinking whiskey from the community barrel.

The outdoor theatre provides a venue for performing arts such as reenactments, musicals, weddings, or other special events. It seats approximately 500 on limestone seats (we recommend that you bring your own cushion). The limestone seats are carved with the names of each of the 51 crew members, including Seaman, Lewis’s Newfoundland dog. The reversed side of the stones are carved with patron’s names. If you would like to contribute, please see our Get Involved page.

The theatre is available for weddings, theater production, and special events. It is equipped with electricity, a fire-pit, and a natural “dressing room.” Sound-systems must be supplied by the users.

To reserve the theatre or the park, call Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation at (913) 573-8327.

Stone walkway from kiosk to Encampment Theatre