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Placid Lake State Park

See the beautiful Clearwater and Swan River Valleys and enjoy this popular campground park known for its smooth water, good fishing and water sports.

About the Park

Located on a tributary of the Clearwater River, Placid Lake State Park is known for its beauty, trout fishing, wildlife viewing, family outdoor fun and smooth water.

Bring your family to camp, picnic, play horseshoes, and enjoy boating, swimming, and more.

Interpretive panels give an account of the early-day logging practices as evidenced by the massive western larch stumps in the area.

There are 40 campsites, including 17 with electricity, plus a hike-bike camping site. The hike-bike site can accommodate 9 tents and is equipped with bicycle racks, fire rings, bear resistant food lockers, potable water, a bicycle maintenance stand, and a covered shelter with picnic table and electrical outlets.

Park size: 31 acres. Elevation: 4,134 feet.

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Fishing
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • RV Camping
  • Swimming
  • Tent Camping
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

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

  • ADA Accessible
  • Boat Launch
  • Campground
  • Electricity
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Hike-Bike Campsites
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Electrical Hookups
  • Shower
  • 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 & Campground
Summer Season:
Open May 1 - Nov 30, weather permitting.
Quiet Hours: 10pm-7am.
 
Winter Season:
December 1 - April 30
Closed to all motorized traffic, walk-in only. Day-use only, no overnight camping.
 
Potable water
DATES

Alerts & Closures

Food Storage Rules: Store all attractants, day or night, in a closed, hard sided container or vehicle when not in immediate use. Tent campers without a vehicle may use available food lockers. Do not burn waste in fire ring or leave litter around camp-site. Dispose of garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters provided.

Social distancing is still required per the Governor's statewide directive to reduce spread of COVID-19. Stay safe!

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Placid Lake State Park.

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

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*

 

Nonresidents

  • 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

 

Campsites

  • Campsite fees range from $4-$34 per night, depending on season and available amenities.

Montana State Parks offers hike/bike, rustic, tent, rv, and boatslip campsites. 

Visit Reserve America to check fees and reserve a campsite at Placid Lake State Park.

 

* 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.

Contact Information

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

Phone: May 1- Sept 30:
Direct line to the park
406-677-3874.
 

Reservation Phone Number:

1-855-922-6768

Main office (year-round):
406-677-6804.
Email: rsokoloski@mt.gov

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Placid Lake State Park

Address

5001 N. Placid Lake Road
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
Latitude/Longitude:
(47.11929 / -113.50335)

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Meet The Park Manager

Ryan Sokoloski

Ryan Sokoloski was born and raised in Circle, MT. After serving in the U.S. Army, he attended Dawson Community College, and graduated from the University of Montana – Western in Dillon with a B.A. in Environmental Sciences. During college, Ryan held several different positions with the U.S. Forest Service and Montana State Parks. He currently manages Salmon Lake, Placid Lake and Beavertail Hill State Parks. Ryan also manages the snowmobile trail grooming program in the Seeley Lake area.

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

Phone: May 1 - Sept 30:
Direct line to the park
406-825-2007.
Main office (year-round):
406-677-6804.
Email: rsokoloski@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Ryan Sokoloski