Salmon Lake State Park

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Salmon Lake State Park
Montana State Park
Country United States
State Montana
County Missoula
Elevation 3,907 ft (1,191 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°05′40″N 113°23′52″W / 47.09442°N 113.39791°W / 47.09442; -113.39791Coordinates: 47°05′40″N 113°23′52″W / 47.09442°N 113.39791°W / 47.09442; -113.39791
Area 42 acres (17 ha)
Founded unspecified
Management Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Location of Salmon Lake State Park in Montana

Salmon Lake State Park is a state park of Montana, United States, in the Clearwater River chain, situated between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges.[2] There is a boat launch ramp and 21 family camping sites.[3] The Champion Timberlands Corporation originally gifted the park to commemorate three foresters who died in a 1976 plane crash.[4] 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.[5] The lake and the connected waterways hold many species of fish including rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook and bull trout, largemouth bass, white mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike. Birds that may be spotted here include red-necked grebes, great blue herons, bald eagles, water fowl, osprey and common loons. The lake is surrounded by largely woodland mountains, with ponderosa pine, western larch, and douglas fir being the dominant tree species.[6]


  1. ^ "Salmon Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Salmon Lake". Montana State Parks. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Seeley Lake Area Recreation Opportunities" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Inbody, Kristen. "State Park Challenge: Salmon Lake long on birds, beauty". Greatfalls Tribune. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Visitation to Montana state parks up in 2012". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Salmon Lake". Montana State Parks. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 

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