Camp Paxson is located on the shores of Seeley Lake, one of a chain of five lakes nestled beween the Swan Mountain Range and the Mission Mountain Range in Western Montana. Camp Paxson originally consisted of a tent camp with six small frame structures. By the 1930s, a larger facility was needed. The Depression-era Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps began building the current facility in 1939, and the bath houses and cabins were completed in 1940. Because of its unique architecture and as an example of the contributions of the WPA and CCC during the Depression years, Camp Paxson was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The camp was originally used by a variety of groups including the Boy Scouts and the Forest Service for their Smokejumper training housing. MCT became the leaseholder of Camp Paxson in 1995. Currently, the camp is home to the MCT East Shore Performing Arts Skills Camp. It is also used by schools, churches, weddings, family reunions and other gatherings of large groups.
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The Facility: Camp Paxson is a 15-acre tract bordering Seeley Lake in the Lolo National Forest, and is 2 1/4 miles northwest of the community of Seeley Lake, Montana. The camp's 20 rustic bulidings include a large dining hall/lodge, 15 sleeping cabins, two restroom/shower buildings and a caretaker's cabin. The sylvan camp features a swimming beach, dock, amphitheatre/fire circle, horseshoe pits, and volleyball court.
Camp Availability: Camp Paxson is available for group use from mid-May through the first week of October. The camp can easily accommodate 125 people. For reservations and further information, contact John Torma at (406) 728-1911.
How To Get There: From Missoula, drive east six miles on I-90 and take the Bonner exit to MT Highway 200. Drive east 35 miles on Hwy 200 to Clearwater Junction. Turn left onto MT Highway 83 and drive north 17 miles to Seeley Lake, MT. As you enter town, watch for Boy Scout Road on your left (west side of highway). Turn left on Boy Scout Road and travel 2 1/4 miles to the Camp Paxson turn-off, which is immediately after the bridge across the Clearwater River.
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