Placid Lake State Park

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Placid Lake State Park
Placid Lake.jpg
Placid Lake in Placid Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Placid Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Placid Lake State Park
Location in Montana
LocationMissoula, Montana, United States
Coordinates47°07′N 113°30′W / 47.12°N 113.5°W / 47.12; -113.5Coordinates: 47°07′N 113°30′W / 47.12°N 113.5°W / 47.12; -113.5
Area31 acres (13 ha)
Elevation4,124 ft (1,257 m)[1]
Visitors45000 (in 2012)[3]
Governing bodyMontana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
WebsitePlacid Lake State Park

Placid Lake State Park is a public recreation area located approximately 28 miles northeast of Missoula, Montana. The state park sits on 31 acres (13 ha) at the eastern end of Placid Lake that include the lake's outlet to Owl Creek, a tributary of the Clearwater River. The park is known for its scenery, camping, aquatic recreation, and fishing.[4]


Placid Lake was named after the Adirondack Mountains' Lake Placid by Hiram Blanchard, a New Yorker who moved to the area in 1892 to form the Clearwater Land and Livestock Company.[5] A dam was completed below the lake's Owl Creek outlet in 1972,[6] and the park was created in 1977.[2] In 2012, the park, along with nearby Salmon Lake State Park, had the highest visitation of state parks in the Missoula area, with each logging 45,000 individual visitors.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Park facilities include a swimming area, campsites, and boat launch.[4][7] The park offers an opportunity to view rednecked grebes, ospreys, common loons, and other species of waterfowl.[8]


  1. ^ "Placid Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Park Origin by Date". Montana State Parks. 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Staff (January 11, 2013). "Visitation to Montana state parks up in 2012". Billings Gazette. Retrieved December 2, 2013. Missoula area: Salmon Lake and Placid Lake state parks had the highest visitation with more than 45,000 visitors at each park.
  4. ^ a b "Placid Lake State Park". Montana State Parks. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Aarstad et al. (2009). Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press. Retrieved December 2, 2013.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Placid Lake Vacation and Resort Properties". FindLakes. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Seeley Lake Area Recreation Opportunities" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Montana State Parks Guide". Montana State Parks. 2014. p. 20. Retrieved May 25, 2018.

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