As Montana’s newest state park, Milltown is still a work-in-progress. Whether you go to play or to learn, there’s lots to do and more yet to come.

And you are invited to join Milltown State Park staff on Thursday, April 22, to celebrate Earth Day by planting and caging cottonwood trees. All interested volunteers should meet at Milltown’s Overlook on Deer Creek Road in East Missoula at 1:00 p.m. You are encourage to RSVP Jess ahead of time, so they can get an idea of how many volunteers they can count on. You can reach her at 406-542-5531 or Jessica.Martin@mt.gov. Montana State Parks will follow recommended health department COVID-19 guidelines.

Most people know that Milltown State Park is the site of a federal Superfund dam removal and river restoration project. The Park features nearly 635 acres of terrain and several miles of river frontage, ranging from restored river bottoms and mature cottonwood stands to a pine forested bluff above the confluence and awesome rock cliffs over the Blackfoot River.

Additional land along the Clark Fork was acquired in 2020 and a new trailhead and trail at the historic Bandmann Flats property is slated for this year. Beyond its recreational opportunities, the park is a place for historical exploration along riverfront trails. Among the many stories from the deep past are the Glacial Lake Missoula floods that shaped the landscape thousands of years ago. And in the 1800s, Meriwether Lewis made a Fourth of July passage through the confluence.

A pretty cool place that is looking for a little Earth Day pampering. Hopefully this sounds like a plan and that you will contact Jess.

 

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