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Frenchtown Pond State Park

Bring the whole family out for a day of picnicking, swimming, fishing, walking, or just relaxing in the fresh air with your favorite book.

About the Park

Frenchtown Pond State Park offers surrounding communities access to a scenic pond for gatherings, recreation and outdoor education. With its well-maintained lawns, picnic tables, playground and flush toilet restrooms, it seems more an urban park but in a rural setting.

Frenchtown Pond State Park was established in 1972 and in the generations since, the park, and its 18-acre pond, has been a popular site for picnics, swimming and paddling sports as well as four-season fishing for bass, perch and hatchery trout. It’s a high-quality outdoor education resource, where thousands of kids have participated in Hooked on Fishing, ice fishing clinics and Junior Ranger programs. As a venue for many family, school, church and local events, Frenchtown Pond State Park serves as thread in the fabric of community life in the Frenchtown, West Valley and greater Missoula area.

Frenchtown Pond State Park is located 17 miles west of Missoula on I-90, near the community of Frenchtown in Missoula County. The park is a day-use-only site. Amenities at the park include two reservable group use shelters, two small shelters, numerous picnic tables and barbecues, two comfort stations, a playground and fishing dock and more than a mile of pedestrian and bike trail that circumnavigates the pond. Frenchtown Pond State Park also is the site of an American Legion Flag and Veterans Memorial.


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  • Beach

  • Boating

  • Fishing

  • Ice Skating

  • Picnicking

  • Swimming

  • Wildlife Viewing


Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible

  • Grills/Fire Rings

  • Parking

  • Picnic Shelter

  • Public Restroom

  • Toilets (Flush)

  • Toilets (Vault)

  • Trash Removal

  • Water

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.

Park - No Camping

Frenchtown Pond gate hours:

October 1 through April 30: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm.

May 1 through August 31: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

September 1 through September 30: 9:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Park Rules


Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Frenchtown Pond State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.


Montana Residents

  • Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.



  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

Alerts & Closures

Restrictions and Closures

See a current list of Restrictions and Closures on State Parks and other FWP lands that may be affected by floods, fire, drought or major maintenance activities.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Frenchtown Pond State Park
c/o FWP Region 2 Headquarters
3201 Spurgin Rd
Missoula, MT 59804

Phone: 406-542-5500

Recreate Responsibly

Tips to stay safe while getting outdoors

To keep our state parks safe and accessible to all, make sure you know before you go, practice physical distancing, plan ahead, play it safe, explore locally, leave no trace, respect wildlife, and do your part to build an inclusive outdoors. 

Visit the Recreate Responsibly page for more information 

Frenchtown Pond State Park


18401 Frenchtown Frontage Road
Frenchtown, MT 59834
(47.02443 / -114.25776)

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Meet The Park Manager

Michael Kustudia

Michael Kustudia manages Milltown, Council Grove, Frenchtown Pond and Fish Creek State Parks. A graduate of the University of Montana, he’s worked in community journalism, nonprofit management, ecological restoration, and outdoor recreation. He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. Born in Germany and raised in California, Michael has spent his adult life in western Montana, where his family roots date back to the early 1880s.

Mailing Address:
FWP Region 2 Headquarters
3201 Spurgin Rd
Missoula, MT 59804

Phone: 406-542-5500

Photo of Park Manager, Michael Kustudia