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Livingston Area
  Elephanthead Mtn. H

Paradise Valley
  S. Fk. Deep Creek H
  Pine Creek H,C
  George Lake H
  Passage Creek Falls H
  Crow Mountain H

Big Timber Area
  Boulder River H,C,V
  Natural Bridge Falls H,C,V
  Big Timber Creek Falls  H,C,V
  West Boulder Meadows H,C
  Twin Lakes  H,C
  Prairie Dog State.Park   V

Bozeman Area
  
Chestnut Mountain H
  Goose Creek H,S
  Mystic Lake H
  Lava Lake H

Central Montana
  Little Belt Mountains H,C,V,S
  Castle Mountains H,C
  Central MT Railroading V
  Cooney Reservoir C,V
  Crystal Lake H,C,V
  Judith Mountains V
  Judith Gap Wind Farm V
  Moccasin Mountains V

The Yellowstone River
  Upper Yellowstone Floating
  Yankee Jim Canyon

Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness
  Anvil Lake H,C
  Beartooth Lake H,C,V
  Beartooth Highway V
  Island Lake H,C,V

Western Montana
  Painted Rocks Rec Area V,C
  Salmon Lake State Park V,C
  Warm Spring Ponds  V


Salmon Lake State Park


     Salmon Lake is one of a chain of natural lakes located along the Clearwater River in northwest Montana. The 630 acre lake is a popular destination for anglers, boaters, campers, bird watchers and almost all outdoor recreationists. Salmon Lake State Park provides great public access to the lake and getting to Salmon Lake couldn?t be easier.

     Salmon Lake State Park is located alongside of MT highway 83 about 7 miles north of the Junction of Highways 83 & 200 (Clearwater Junction). The entrance to Salmon Lake State Park is on the west side of the highway and is very easy to find. The park offers boat ramps, camping, picnic shelters, toilets, potable water, firewood for sale, interpretive displays and other amenities. As with all Montana state parks, Salmon Lake State Park is a fee area. For day use, there is no charge for any Montana resident. However, for non-residents there is a $5.00 fee for day use. All campers are required to pay fees which vary according to campsite type and other factors.

Salmon Lake  in Montana
  Nestled between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges, Salmon Lake is one of the chain of lakes that are found along the Clearwater River. Salmon Lake State Park offers all types of recreation and provides easy access to the lake.
     Although Salmon Lake is big on features, it is rather small in size. The park is 42 acres in size and sits between the highway and the lake. There are 23 camping sites and about half of them have electrical hookups.  Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Many sites are best suited to trailers or recreational vehicles. Campsites can be reserved online and you should always check for campsite availability before you plan to camp at Salmon Lake.
Salmon Lake State Park Brochure

     Salmon Lake is a natural lake, one of a number of natural lakes along the course of the Clearwater River.  Lake Inez, Lake Alva, Seeley Lake and Rainey Lake are some of the lakes formed by the river as it flows generally southward toward its junction with the Blackfoot River at Clearwater Junction. Each of these lakes is a jewel and well worth a visit.

Beach view of Montana's Salmon Lake     Salmon Lake is a popular fishing destination. The lake has a diverse fish population and anglers fish for kokanee, northern pike, rainbow trout, yellow perch, brown trout, bull trout, largemouth bass, mountain whitefish, northern pike, peamouth, pumpkinseed, sucker, westslope cutthroat trout and other species. In a typical year, Salmon Lake is about the 100th most popular fishery in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks stocks the lake with kokanee almost every year and this is a great place to seek this uncommon salmon. Salmon Lake fish stocking records

     The tree-lined banks of Salmon Lake might make you think it is a mountain lake. However, it is located at a relatively modest 3,995 ft. Salmon Lake is a very popular destination for bird watchers. From majestic bald eagles to brilliantly colored small song birds, the varied habitats provide homes to many different birds. However, Salmon Lake is best known as a place to view loons. These large, rather shy birds are best known for their exotic calls and, for those fortunate enough to view it, their elaborate courtship ?dance?. Look for loons at Salmon Lake during most of the summer months.
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