Travelers’ Rest State Park Expansion

Photos from May 10, 2012 Visit to Travelers’ Rest

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On May 7, 2012, MissoulaCF signed an agreement to act as the fiscal sponsor for the Travelers’ Rest State Park Expansion Campaign. MissoulaCF will help to raise community awareness about the park expansion and will provide financial oversight and administration.

Near the intersection of Highways 93 and 12 in Lolo, Travelers’ Rest State Park is the only archaeologically verified Lewis & Clark campsite.  It is also the location of a centuries-old Native American gathering ground, lying at a hub of ancient travel and trade routes. The site boasts tall grasses, river access and  shady cottonwood forests that make it a traditional oasis. Today it is adjacent to a residential area and serves as a natural buffer, footpath and community park for the citizens of Lolo.  More than 20,000 visitors from all over the US, including  2000 school children per year, experience natural and cultural history in the outdoor classroom.

Travelers’ Rest has the opportunity to acquire an additional 24 acres, increasing the size of the State Park by 50%.  These lands would secure access to Travelers’ Rest from Highway 12 West, as well as expand park access to Lolo Creek.

The neighboring landowners are generously offering $2 million in land, building and historic collections for $700,000.  85% of those funds have been secured from Montana State Parks, Land & Water Conservation Fund ($300,000) and the Missoula County Open Space Bond ($300,000).

The remaining $100,000 will be raised from park supporters and community members like you. Donations may be sent to the Missoula Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1968, Missoula, MT 59806.  Please designate your gift for the Travelers’ Rest Expansion.  You may also contribute online via our Donate button or by clicking here, making sure to designate your donation for Travelers’ Rest.

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