Life in Missoula County

Q: Where is Missoula County located?
A: Missoula County is situated in the western portion of Montana in a steep valley and mountain area. The city of Missoula lies along the banks of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers. A National Natural Landmark, Glacial Lake Missoula is an extinct lake that once filled the Missoula valley. Its' water lines can still been seen on the surrounding mountains.

Q: What is special about Missoula County?
A: Missoula Valley was home to Native American Indians until it was settled in the mid 1800s with the opening of the trading post, Hellgate. The city of Missoula was named for a word that means river of cold water. Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the Missoula Valley in the early 1800s.

Q: What neighborhoods are in Missoula County?
A: Lolo Hot Springs is near the Lolo Trail, where the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Bitterroot Mountain Range summit. The University of Montana is located in the city of Missoula. Close to Frenchtown, the ghost town of Hell Gate is located in the Missoula Valley along the Clark Fork River. Other places in Missoula county include East Missoula, Clinton, Orchard Homes and Seeley Lake.

Q: What is there to do in Missoula County?
A: Situated in the western portion of Montana and bordering Idaho, the Lolo National Forest is known for its' wide variety of plants and trees. It is also the headquarters for the United States Forest Service, and the largest smokejumpers training camp. Built by the Northern Pacific Railway,The Montana Rail Link is located in the city of Missoula.

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