In 2008, the citizens of Polson voted to create a Special Recreation District to support the operation and maintenance of an indoor aquatic facility. For some, this was a dream come true after several stalled grassroots efforts to build a swimming pool in the Mission Valley.

At that time, Mission Valley Aquatics, the nonprofit that formed in 2003 and campaigned to raise money and pass the mill levy for the pool, was nothing more than a small group of passionate people, but with this affirmative vote, they had a clear message from the community — it was on board to improve the health, fitness, safety and recreation opportunities for all in the Mission Valley.

The road to raising the needed $7.4 million was a long one, but after the passing of the mill levy, two anonymous $1 million donations came through and things picked up speed. Finally, after a final push involving a New Markets Tax Credit opportunity resulting from a partnership with the Montana Community Development Corporation and Lake County CDC, the Mission Valley Aquatic Center opened its doors to the public in May 2013.



Mission Valley Aquatic Center
P.O. Box 774
Polson, Montana 59860

(406) 883-4567