Salmon Lake State Park

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Salmon Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Salmon Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Salmon Lake State Park
Location in Montana
LocationMissoula, Montana, United States
Coordinates47°05′N 113°24′W / 47.09°N 113.4°W / 47.09; -113.4Coordinates: 47°05′N 113°24′W / 47.09°N 113.4°W / 47.09; -113.4
Area42 acres (17 ha)
Elevation3,907 ft (1,191 m)[1]
Visitors45000 (in 2012)[3]
Governing bodyMontana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
WebsiteSalmon Lake State Park

Salmon Lake State Park is a public recreation area located approximately 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Missoula, Montana. The state park occupies 42 acres (17 ha) on the eastern side of Salmon Lake in the Clearwater River chain between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges.[4]


The Champion Timberlands Corporation originally gifted the park to commemorate three foresters who died in a 1976 plane crash.[5] The park, along with nearby Placid Lake State Park, had the highest visitation of state parks in the Missoula area in 2012, with 45,000 individuals visiting each park.[3]

Natural features[edit]

The lake is surrounded by largely woodland mountains, with ponderosa pine, western larch, and douglas fir being the dominant tree species.[6] species of fish found in Salmon Lake and the connected waterways include rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook and bull trout, largemouth bass, white mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike. Birds that may be spotted include rednecked grebes, great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, common loons, and other species of waterfowl.[4]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Park facilities include a swimming area, boat ramp, and campsites.[4][7]


  1. ^ "Salmon Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "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 c "Salmon Lake State Park". Montana State Parks. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Inbody, Kristen. "Salmon Lake long on birds, beauty". Great Falls Tribune. State Park Challenge. Great Falls, Montana. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Montana State Parks Guide". Montana State Parks. 2014. p. 21. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Seeley Lake Area Recreation Opportunities" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved December 2, 2013.

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