Placid Lake State Park
Placid Lake State Park is located outside of Missoula, MT near Seeley Lake, MT. Placid Lake State Park is open year-round with extensive outdoor recreation options in the summer months, including fishing, boating, hiking, and mountain biking – just to name a few.
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Looking to camp?
Lake Placid State Park is a great option if you’re looking to camp! With 40 campsites and recently added showers and laundry facilities, this state park provides a taste of the great outdoors without having to stray too far from the comforts of home.
With over 40,000 visitors each summer, Placid Lake State Park is one of the busiest state parks.
- Challenge your friends or family to a game of volleyball or horseshoes.
- Spend the day on the water boating or swimming.
- Take in a beautiful sunset over the lake.
- Go on a hike around the lake.
- Open Year-Round
The forest around the lake was once in logging territory and what were once roads used to haul trees and equipment are now used as hiking and mountain biking trails. You can learn more about the history of the area through the interpretive panels along the trails.
Planning to bring your boat? You can rent a boat slip on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Did you know the Montana State Parks Foundation’s specialty license plate is a painting of this state park by Missoula artist Monte Dolack, entitled “Placid Lake Sunset”?
And that every dollar from license plate sales help to fund the Foundation's work and is available at your local DMV anywhere in the state.
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Park & Campground
Open May 1 - Nov 30, weather permitting.
Quiet Hours: 10pm-7am.
December 1 - April 30
Closed to all motorized traffic, walk-in only. Day-use only, no overnight camping.