The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

Montana Park of the Week: Placid Lake State Park


August 18, 2021

See the beautiful Clearwater and Swan River Valleys and enjoy this popular campground park known for its smooth water, good fishing and water sports.

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. A dam was completed below the lake's Owl Creek outlet in 1972, and the park was created in 1977.

The park offers an opportunity to view rednecked grebes, ospreys, common loons, and other species of waterfowl.

Located on a tributary of the Clearwater River, Placid Lake State Park is known for its beauty, trout fishing, wildlife viewing, family outdoor fun and smooth water.

Bring your family to camp, picnic, play horseshoes, and enjoy boating, swimming, and more.

Interpretive panels give an account of the early-day logging practices as evidenced by the massive western larch stumps in the area.

There are 40 campsites, including 17 with electricity, plus a hike-bike camping site. The hike-bike site can accommodate 9 tents and is equipped with bicycle racks, fire rings, bear resistant food lockers, potable water, a bicycle maintenance stand, and a covered shelter with picnic table and electrical outlets.

Come soon and enjoy the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the official Montana State Parks License place is a rendition of the famous Monte Dolack painting "Placid Lake at Sunset"? You can take the renowned evening views of the lake with you on your vehicle and support your state parks at the same time. Ask for the custom license plate the next time you register your vehicle.


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