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Placid Lake, MT

Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Apr 28 2016   Later Dates
40 site(s) found


Located in the beautiful Clearwater/Swan River Valley, this popular campground park is known for its smooth water for good fishing and water sports. Use this site as a base for other recreational opportunities in the area, watch for wildlife, and check out the interpretive panels that give an account of the early-day logging practices attested to by the massive western larch stumps in the area. The waters of Placid Lake can be enjoyed by outdoor recreationists with a variety of boats and personal watercraft. In the parks campground area a concrete boat ramp with docks and a few rental boat slips are available on a first come first serve basis. Montanas boating regulations and boating etiquette are followed on Placid Lake. Placid Lake State Park is a great spot for wildlife viewing, providing easy, accessible viewing of many species of birds such as red necked grebes, waterfowl, osprey and common loons. There are several varieties of fish inhabit Placid Lake including: rainbow, cutthroat, brown and bull trout, whitefish, kokanee salmon and perch. Before baiting your hook, dont forget your Montana fishing license. Montana Fishing regulation booklets are available from park staff.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dock, Boat
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Water
  • Swimming - Park Lake
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
ADA designated campsites may only be reserved and occupied by a party who can provide proof of disability upon arrival. Proof of eligibility for at least one member of your party will be required in the form of a DMV (or other states equivalent) issued person with disabilities placard or disabilities motor vehicle license plate. The eligible member of your party must be an occupant of the site for the entire reserved period. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of your reservation fee. Additional cancellation fees will be applied.

Some yurts, cabins and group facilities are ADA accessible and do not require proof of disability upon arrival.

Camping is allowed in designated areas only. All boats, trailers, rigs and motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager. If no outside parking is available, a second campsite must be purchased.

Check-in time is 2:00pm for campsites and 3:00pm for yurts, cabins and tipis's (local time).

Check-out time is 1:00pm for campsites and 12:00pm for yurts, cabins, and tipis (local park time). Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made with park staff.

The maximum capacity at each individually signed or numbered campsite is eight (8) people. This typically involves a single camping unit, which includes, but not limited to, a tent, motor home, camping bus, truck mounted camper shell, pull-type camper, or other device designed and commonly used for sleeping. In the event the site is designated as Double Site, the site capacity for that site is doubled to allow for sixteen (16) people and two camping units.

Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!

Pets must be kept on a leash. Please check with destination park staff for local restrictions.

Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00pm to 7:00am.

Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions.

This is bear country and food storage and food waste rules apply. A locker is available for those traveling without a hard-sided vehicle to store food and other bear attractants. Bear resistant garbage dumpsters are located throughout the campground and must be used..

In case of an emergency when visiting Montana State Parks, please dial 911. You may also wish to notify park staff for additional assistance if necessary.

For non-emergency assistance please contact park staff.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.12, -113.503
47°7'12"N, 113°30'11"W

Placid Lake State Park is locate 3 miles south of Seeley Lake on Montana 83, then 3 miles west on Placid Lake Road. The day use and Campground entrances are signed.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Placid Lake
5001 North Placid Lake Road
Seeley Lake  MT  59868

Phone Number:

Information:  (406) 677-3874