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Placid Lake

Placid Lake Area Visioning Project

Staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are working together to begin a recreation visioning process for Placid Lake State Park and adjacent TNC lands, located just southwest of the town of Seeley Lake. They are asking for public input early in the process to help understand current issues and priorities and to generate ideas for the future of the area.



For decades, Placid Lake State Park has provided the only public access to the lake, a popular spot for camping, boating, swimming, and fishing.  Many of the adjacent lands along the Placid Lake Road and Owl Creek are managed by TNC and have also been popular spots for camping and other public use for many years.

Recreational use of the entire area continues to increase, and FWP and TNC are partnering so they can consider the lands in the area collectively, how they are used, and what the impacts to the area are. The partners would like to work with the public to begin considering what the area should look like and provide for in the future. 


About the Planning Process

In April 2022, FWP launched a public process to help guide future use and development of the area with the goal of establishing a clear vision for the future.  The process is in progress.


Draft Vision Statement

This is a draft vision for how FWP and TNC will work collaboratively to manage recreation in the Placid and Owl Creek areas. Public input will continue to help us refine our priorities and details for managing this area.


Public Engagement

FWP and TNC are asking for the public’s input on this visioning process. 

Public Survey

The deadline for comments was September 19.

Open Houses

We held a field tour and two open houses April 28 and May 2, 2022. The open house meeting recording is available below.




Loren Flynn

FWP regional recreation manager


Chris Bryant

Western Montana Land Protection Director
The Nature Conservancy
406.214.6437 cell
406.543.6681 office