Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley ClearwaterJunction to Bigfork

Condon, Montana

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This 91-mile trek through the Swan Valley is flanked by the Swan and Mission mountains. It follows the Clearwater and Swan rivers and a chain of glistening lakes through larch, spruce, and pine forests with great hiking opportunities. Just after you begin the drive look for a pullout on the west side of the road. Here, an exhibit offers interpretive information about the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, a 50,000-acre refuge for elk and other wildlife, including deer, grouse, ducks, Canada geese, eagles, and bears. You can drive, walk, or mountain bike through the refuge from late May to the end of November. Special attractions: Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, Seeley Lake, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Mission Mountain Wilderness, Swan Lake, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Bigfork, Flathead Lake; boating, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Montana

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Scenic Driving Montana

by S. A. Snyder (Falcon Guides)

This 91-mile trek through the Swan Valley is flanked by the Swan and Mission mountains. It follows the Clearwater and Swan rivers and a chain of glistening lakes through larch, spruce, and pine forests with great hiking opportunities. Just after you begin the drive look for a pullout on the west side of the road. Here, an exhibit offers interpretive information about the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, a 50,000-acre refuge for elk and other wildlife, including deer, grouse, ducks, Canada geese, eagles, and bears. You can drive, walk, or mountain bike through the refuge from late May to the end of November.

Special attractions: Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, Seeley Lake, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Mission Mountain Wilderness, Swan Lake, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Bigfork, Flathead Lake; boating, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Condon
Distance: 91
Season: Year-round, may be difficult in winter
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley: ClearwaterJunction to Bigfork

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