Recreation

 

Summer Fun

 

Summer and fall guests enjoy our sandy beach, complimentary access to boats, private boat launch, and the shores of Seeley Lake as your closest neighbor. Fishing, swimming, boating, or simply enjoying the spectacular view are experiences that have brought guests to The Lodges for the last 70 years.

Blackfoot River Anglers: Missoula, Montana’s family owned Orvis endorsed fly fishing company. We’ve been sharing Montana’s rivers with anglers for over 25 years while imparting fly fishing knowledge that is informed, honest, and timely. We hope to include you as one of our many loyal shop customers and guiding clients.

Rich Ranch: On behalf of our family and crew we invite you to come and share our rural country lifestyle and passion for Montana’s great outdoors. Here at the ranch we specialize in traditional dude ranch vacations, horseback riding, Bob Marshall Wilderness pack trips, camping, Blue Ribbon fly fishing, winter snowmobiling, and fair-chase hunts for elk and deer. So come join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear: local watercraft rentals. See the back country, wildlife, chain of lakes along Highway 83. We are here to help you enjoy Montana at its fullest! No need to worry about what recreational equipment you want or where to go. We can take care of that for you!

Swan Mountain Outfitters: Find the best in western Montana guided hunting trips! Swan Mountain Outfitters as a big game outfitter is fortunate to have access to thousands of acres of the Flathead National Forest, in and around the famed Bob Marshall Wilderness. In addition, we are permitted by the State of Montana to guide hunters and fishermen in the Swan River State Forest.


 

Winter Fun

 

Winter guests enjoy immediate access to the surrounding network of snowmobile trails, ice fishing opportunities and the Nordicaly inclined frequent the Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails located four miles away.

Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear: See the back country, wildlife, chain of lakes along Highway 83. We are here to help you enjoy Montana at its fullest! No need to worry about what recreational equipment you want or where to go. We can take care of that for you!

SLE Outside: Nordic, Skate ski, and Snowshoe rental. SLE Outside is Seeley Lake, Montana's new outdoor equipment cooperative, staffed by the students of Seeley Lake Elementary and Seeley-Swan high school, along with co-op members and community volunteers.


 

Hiking

 

Seeley Lake has many incredible hiking trails. You can stop in to some of the Adventure shops in town to pick up trail or topo maps. Here are a few recommended hikes in the Seeley Swan Valley:

Connecting the Community Trail

The Hike: This trail system is right in The Lodges backyard! It is a mellow, well maintained trail that winds through larch forest. One of the popular destinations on this trail is Gus, the largest larch tree in the country, estimated at 1,000 years old. 

Directions: From The Lodges go North on Boy Scout Rd 100 yards take a left  onto Lars Kramen Rd. There is a trail on the Right. The trail ends at Seeley Lake Campground.


Morrell Falls

The Hike: The Morell Falls trail is a 2.3 mile hike into the Lolo National Forest. This is a fairly easy day hike that really doesn’t have any steep grades to it. The trail leads through tightly spaced stands of Lodgepole Pine, past the 23 acre Morrell Lake and onto to a series of waterfalls. Towards the end of the trail you wind around a marsh, then you hear the falls. Just past an old growth timber stand, it opens up into a small clearing and 90 foot Morrell Falls.

Directions: From Seeley Lake drive north ¼ of a mile to Cottonwood Lakes Road (FR 447). Take the first left at the fork then go 2 miles to West Morrell Road (FR 467). Turn north for 7 miles to Pyramid Pass Road. Drive only a ¼ mile north to Morrell Falls Road (FR 4369). Turn north again one mile to the trailhead.


Holland Falls

The Hike: The trailhead for 1.5 mile long Holland Falls National Recreation Trail starts at the end of Holland Lake Road. At the start of TR 416 you walk through mixed stands of Western Larch, Ponderous Pine and Red Fir, viewing an unbelievable Holland Lake, that’s so serene, so beautiful. At almost a mile the trail starts to climb at a steady grade up rocky slopes. A little further along you will come to a footbridge, crossing a small, sparkling mountain brook. Hiking another couple hundred yards up the trail, along the mountainside, you come to some rock outcropping giving panoramic views of the Swan Valley, Swan Mountain Range and the Mission Mountains. Hearing the falls now, you only hike a little a short distance before seeing the striking sight of Holland Falls.

Directions: Travel from Seeley Lake north on Montana Highway 83 for 20 miles Holland Lake Road. Turn east on the gravel Holland Lake Road 2.9 miles to Larch Loop Campground and past another 3/4 of a mile to the Bay Loop Compound turn-in where the trailhead starts.


Crystal Lake

The Hike: A moderate 4 mile round trip hike. It begins with a hike through beargrass fields, then you descend the west side of the ridge, traversing through ponderosa and fir trees. You come down to the green lush drainage and come up on crystal lake. At the base of the enormous Mission Mountains. This lake lives up to its name, crystal clear and crisp high alpine lake. Day hike or overnight backpack experience.

Directions: Travel north from Seeley Lake 15 miles until you read Lindbergh Lake Road. Take a right turn on USFS Road 79. Its is about 12 miles to the trailhead.