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Salmon Lake State Park

Enjoy one of the most beautiful lakes in the Clearwater River chain. Bring your family and friends to camp, fish, picnic, and enjoy water sports and the scenery.

Alerts & Closures

Stage II Fire Restrictions for Missoula Counties in the Missoula Fire Restriction Area.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  1. Operating any internal combustion engine.
  2. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  3. Using an explosive. (A patrol is required for two hours following cessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.)
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Exemptions to the fire restrictions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.
  4. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  5. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  7. All land within a city boundary is exempted.


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.

About the Park

Nestled along the Clearwater River between the majestic Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges, Salmon Lake provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy many types of water recreation activities.

Clearwater River and Salmon Lake are home to a variety of fish including rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook and bull trout, largemouth bass, white mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike. There are opportunities to view many species of birds including red-necked grebes, great blue herons, bald eagles, water fowl, osprey and common loons.

The lake offers a myriad of activities to match it’s changing moods. Capture the tranquility of a still moonlit night paddling waters smooth as glass. Spend a breezy day catching the wind in your sails, or zip through sparkling waters on skis or wakeboards. If you’re an angler, try your luck reeling in a fresh catch for your next fish fry.

The campground is in a woodland setting of western larch, ponderosa pine, and Douglas-fir. There are 24 campsites, including a hike-bike campsite. The hike-bike site accommodates up to 10 tent spaces and is equipped with a bicycle rack, fire ring, bear resistant food lockers, potable water, bicycle maintenance stand, electrical outlets and covered shelter with picnic tables.

Park size: 42 acres. Elevation: 3,917 feet.


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


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

  • ADA Accessible
  • Boat Launch
  • Campground
  • Electricity
  • Firewood for Sale
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Hike-Bike Campsites
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Public Restroom
  • RV Electrical Hookups
  • Shower
  • Toilets (Flush)
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Trails
  • 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.


Summer Season
Park open through the summer until late October.
Winter Season
Nov 1 - April 30
Closed to all motorized traffic, walk-in only. Day-use only, no overnight camping.

Open 5/1 through 9/30.

Day Use Area
Open 5/1 - 11/30, weather permitting. November snow storms may close the area early.

Potable water

Park Rules


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

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


Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*



  • 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



  • 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 Salmon 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:
Salmon 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

Main office (year-round):


Reservation Phone Number:


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Salmon Lake State Park


2329 Hwy. 83 N.
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
(47.09442 / -113.39791)

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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.

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

Phone: May 1 - Sept 30:
Direct line to the park
Main office (year-round):

Photo of Park Manager, Ryan Sokoloski