Placid Lake State Park

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Placid Lake State Park
Montana State Park
Placid Lake.jpg
Placid Lake in Placid Lake State Park
Country United States
State Montana
County Missoula
Elevation 4,134 ft (1,260 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°07′09″N 113°30′12″W / 47.11929°N 113.50335°W / 47.11929; -113.50335Coordinates: 47°07′09″N 113°30′12″W / 47.11929°N 113.50335°W / 47.11929; -113.50335
Area 31 acres (13 ha)
Founded unspecified
Management Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Location of Placid Lake State Park in Montana

Placid Lake State Park is a Montana state park known for its scenery, camping, aquatic recreation, and fishing on a tributary of the Clearwater River.[2] Park facilities include 41 family camping sites and a boat launch ramp.[3] The lake gained its name from a New Yorker named Hiram Blanchard in 1892 who named it after Lake Placid in his home state.[4] The park, along with nearby Salmon Lake State Park, had the highest visitation of state parks in the Missoula area in 2012, with 45,000 individuals visiting each park.[5]


  1. ^ "Placid Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Placid Lake". Montana State Parks. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Seeley Lake Area Recreation Opportunities" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Ellie Arguimbau, Ellen Baumler, Charlene Porsild, Brian Shovers (2009). Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Visitation to Montana state parks up in 2012". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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