Rivers, trails and history converge at Montana's newest state park.
Overlook is now open.
1353 Deer Creek Road
Latitude/Longitude: (46.871289 / -113.898157)
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Milltown State Park
c/o FWP Region 2 Headquarters
3201 Spurgin Rd.
Missoula, MT 59804
Milltown State Park Confluence Grand Opening
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Fun, music, food, and educational programs for the whole family!
Abundant outdoor opportunities and a rich cultural heritage converge at the newly restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers at the heart of the Milltown State Park.
The former site of a Superfund river restoration project, Milltown State Park features more than 500 acres of terrain, ranging from restored river bottoms to a pine forested bluff overlooking the confluence. The park affords visitors a place to go hiking, biking, fishing, floating and watching for birds and wildlife. The Milltown State Park Overlook is open and features interpretive displays and picnic tables. There are nearly three miles of hiking trails that lead from the Overlook down to the Clark Fork River and its floodplain trails.
The Confluence and Gateway areas, on the north side of the river, saw construction begin in the summer of 2017. The park development include trails, an interpretive plaza and river access. The grand opening for the Confluence area is slated for Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Among the many stories from the deep past are the Glacial Lake Missoula floods that shaped the landscape thousands of years ago. The Salish and Kalispel know the confluence as the place of bull trout and consider it part of their ancestral home. In 19th century history, Meriwether Lewis made a Fourth of July passage through the confluence and decades later the Mullan Expedition spent a harsh winter there. Beginning in the 1880s, the rivers were dammed to produce power for the mills and communities but at great consequence.
The hopeful story of the Milltown Dam removal and rivers' return offers an opportunity to explore America's changing relationship to the land as well as the benefits that river restoration yields for Montana's families and communities. For more information, explore the story map, A Confluence of Stories–an interactive, multi-media narrative–chronicling the natural and cultural history at Milltown State Park.
Whether you come to play or to learn, there will be a lot to do at Montana's newest state park.
The story map, A Confluence of Stories, is an interactive, multi-media account of the natural and cultural history at Milltown State Park.
- Bird Watching
- Lewis And Clark
- Nature Tours
- River Overlooks
- Wildlife Viewing
Services and Amenities Available
- ADA Accessible
- Interpretive Display
- Pets Allowed
- Toilets (Vault)