Seeley Lake is flanked by the peaks of the Mission
and Swan mountain ranges, and is situated along one
of the most scenic drives in Montana. Beginning at
the charming village of Bigfork on the north and
ending at Clearwater Junction on the south, this
91-mile stretch of road is commonly known as the
‘Seeley Swan Highway’ or the ‘Chain
of Lakes.’ Running between two majestic
mountain ranges and following the Swan and Clearwater
rivers past pristine lakes and heavily wooded slopes,
Montana Highway 83 provides the most scenic route
between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Those
who love water and the great outdoors will discover
excellent camping, boating, fishing, and hiking
opportunities at Placid Lake State Park and the
Salmon Lake State Park.
Folks visiting Seeley Lake have many outdoor
recreational opportunities from which to choose.
During winter, a snowmobiler will discover more than
350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in this area.
Seeley Lake hosts a vast network of trails that wind
in and around the many local mountain ranges. Guided
snowmobile tours are available. Seeley Lake also
boasts a world-class Nordic ski trail system. Folks
can enjoy the serenity and beauty of this winter
wonderland on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or on a
guided sled dog ride.
During spring, summer and autumn, folks can enjoy
birding, wildlife viewing, fishing, camping, boating,
hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and trap
shooting. Folks can mountain bike along hundreds of
miles of trails and roads. You can also canoe the
Clearwater River Canoe Trail. This easy 3.5 mile
canoe route along the willow-lined river provides
excellent opportunities to see many types of birds,
including Bald Eagle. Then take a one-mile walk
through old-growth forest to pick up your vehicle at
the put-in-point, if you haven't rented a canoe.
Experience the mountain vistas with a scenic car ride
or with a guided llama or horse pack trip. During
hunting season, there are multiple outfitters for
guided pack trips. Summer offers a variety of water
sports to be enjoyed.