Fort Owen State Park
99 Fort Owen Ranch Rd
Stevensville, MT 59870
About Fort Owen State Park
Father Pierre DeSmet came to the area in 1841 and founded St. Mary's Mission for the Flathead Indians. Fort Owen was built on a mud tree trunk and was the site of the first settlement of North America by the natives. In the 1850s, Major John Owen founded the fort as a regional trading centre by his brother-in-law, Major William Owen.
Fort Owen State Park and Fort Owen National Historic Site are registered in the National Register of Historic Sites. The rooms have been restored to their original condition, except for a few small, restored rooms in the building.
The grounds are 1 hectare and are located at an altitude of 3,398 feet, and the park has vaulted cabins and picnic tables for parties.
In addition to the park, there is also an outdoor area with picnic area, picnic tables and a playground for children.
Visits to this historic park are free, but donations to preserve furniture and artifacts are welcome. A golf course and museum are nearby in Stevensville, Missoula, and the site is pack - pack, pack, or both.