Seeley Lake Montana Vacation Activities

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Seeley Lake Montana Activities

Seeley Lake, MT, nestled between the Swan and Mission mountain ranges and in the Chain of Lakes, is an outdoor recreation mecca that offers a different adventure around every corner. Read More

  • Seeley Lake is a short drive north of Missoula, perfect for a weekend getaway.
  • Beat the summer heat by swimming, boating, canoeing, or kayaking.
  • Cross-country ski along the world-class nordic trails.
  • Snowmobilers rejoice over the 350 miles of groomed trails.
  • Take a dog sled tour.

Seeley Lake has way more to offer than just boating and fishing. The options are endless, so pick your favorites and have some fun.


  • Swimming
    Swimming is the perfect way to beat the summer heat, so jump in and cool off. Seeley Lake has many beach areas for easy access to the water. The campsites also offer spots with easy access.
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
    A huge, open body of water beckons those that love to paddle to distant shores. The lake is also the perfect place for beginner kayakers to practice rolls and perfect strokes. Beware of boaters that may not be respectful of your presence.
  • Boating
    Spend the day boating around Seeley Lake. Pack a picnic lunch and watch your friends and family ski, wakeboard, and tube around the lake.
  • Fishing
    Seeley Lake is full of trout, bass, bluegills, perch, whitefish, and salmon, just to name a few. So tie on a fly, pick your bait and see what's biting.
  • Hiking
    There aren't too many hiking trails in the lake vicinity. Most of the campsites and picnic areas offer short nature trails. For something a bit more intense, try the 5-mile round trip Morrell Falls hike. The trail head is a short drive from Seeley lake. Always make sure to tell someone where you are going and be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Biking
    Miles and miles of forest service roads are open to biking. In the summer, many of the nordic trails double as biking trails, but light use tends to make them a bit hard to follow. For a fun ride, try the Seeley Lake Community Trails which alternate between paved trail, dirt trail, and dirt road. The trails connect various points in and around the town of Seeley Lake.
  • Camping
    Given the beautiful location, it is no wonder that camping is so big in the area. The three main campsites, the Seeley Lake, River Point, and Big Larch, manage to hold an amazing amount of folks. All three are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offer various amenities such as toilets, running water, bbq pits, boat launches, and picnic sites. RV's are allowed at all three sites.
  • Scenic Drives
    Seeley Lake is surrounded by splendid scenery and many points of interest, making it a fantastic place to start scenic drives. The 90-mile long corridor of MT-83 is considered the Seeley-Swan scenic drive. Don't miss the Morrell Mountain Lookout and the Double Arrow Lookout


  • Cross-Country Skiing
    Nordic skiing is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike. Dependable snow, constant grooming, and great trail layout make the Seeley Lake area a nordic ski destination. Choose from 3km, 5km, 7km and 10km loops. Beginners should try the Logging Camp Loop, while pro's may like the more difficult Mountain View trail.
  • Snowshoeing
    Where you can hike you can snowshoe, so strap on those shoes and bound your way through the snowy landscape. Just don't bound onto groomed trails or you may meet some unhappy nordic skiers.
  • Snowmobiling
    Welcome to snowmobile paradise. There are over 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that wind under the forested canopy, along valleys, and up some of the local mountains. The Double Arrow Lookout trail is a local favorite, with its views of the Swan Range and the Clearwater Valley below.
  • Ice Fishing
    Seeley Lake becomes a frozen tundra during the winter, yet ice fisherman don't miss a beat. Once the ice thoroughly freezes, you will see them on the ice drilling holes and laying lines. The non-native Northern Pike is a nice catch over the winter months. Want to give ice fishing a try, but don't know where to start? Hire a guide and make sure to wear a lot of clothes.
  • Sleigh Rides
    After a long day of outdoor recreation, spend the evening on a relaxing sleigh ride. Listen to the jingle of the bells (yes, you will probably start to hum along to the classic holiday carol), as you take in the snow covered winter landscape.
  • Dog Sled Rides
    You don't have to go all the way to Alaska to experience this winter adventure. The guides will hitch up the dogs and then you are off. As the air whips by you, take in the amazing scenery and listen to the soft whispers of the guide to the dogs. Tours are available for half-day or even multi-day excursions.