Salmon Lake State Park
Tucked between the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges along the Clearwater River you’ll find Salmon Lake State Park, a great park for camping and water recreation. Salmon Lake became a state park in December of 1977.
A memorial plaque near the park's center explains how the Salmon Lake State Park was a gift from the Champion Timberland Corps and is meant to serve as an honor to three foresters who died in a plane crash in 1976.
Looking to visit?
Fall is one of the best times to visit the park. The reflection of colorful Western Larch trees in the lake makes for a breathtaking view!
The forests surrounding the lake are home to many Western Larch trees which are unique as they are one of only a few species of deciduous coniferous trees, meaning that they change color and shed their foliage in the fall like broadleaf trees.
- Fish in Salmon Lake or Clearwater River for a variety of trout, largemouth bass, white mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike.
- Go birdwatching and see if you can spot any red-necked grebes, great blue herons, bald eagles, waterfowl, osprey or common loons.
- Enjoy the gravel beach and take a dip in the lake.
- Take a hike along the shoreline or through the forest on one of the many trails.
- Enjoy the lake in a canoe, kayak or on water-skis if you’re a bit more adventurous.
- Plus so much more!
A beautiful forest of Western Larch, Ponderosa Pine, and Douglas-Fir surround the campsite, which includes 23 paved sites with electrical hookups.
The campsite host can provide ideas for activities and will have firewood for sale!
This campsite has become so popular in the last few years, reservations are recommended to be sure you don’t miss out!
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Park open through the summer until late October.
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.
2329 Hwy. 83 N Seeley Lake, MT 59868