Located a short and scenic hour’s drive from Missoula lies a place teeming with adventure and relaxation. Seeley Lake, Montana, nestled in the Seeley-Swan Valley and surrounded by pine and larch forests and crystal lakes, will inspire, awe, and amaze. Here are a few of our suggestions for you perfect day trip to Seeley Lake.
On your way to Seeley Lake, you will be unable to avoid the stunning views that await you. As you travel along Highway 200, gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain ranges appear, and as you turn north towards Seeley, you will feel like you are in a postcard. With forests, rivers, and mountains on all sides, this drive alone is spectacular and well worth the trip!
Salmon Lake State Park and Placid Lake State Park are both located in Seeley Lake and offer fun outdoor recreational activities. Take a hike (but be sure to bring your bear spray!) or a boat ride. Bring a picnic and enjoy a quiet lunch in the parks’ picnic areas. Take in the scenic beauty of the area at these state parks.
On Seeley Lake, opportunities for water recreation abound, so take advantage of the crystal waters and stunning views and take to the water! Rent a canoe and ride the Clearwater River Canoe Trail. Grab a tube or some water skis and hit the waves on the back of a boat. Sit along the shores and relax in perfect solitude. Fish the waters by boat or along the shore.
Photo by Lee Boman
Seeley Lake has many impressive, scenic trails to enjoy. From Camp Paxon, go see Gus, the world’s largest western larch tree. Or enjoy a lovely 4.5 mile roundtrip hike to Morrell Falls where you will experience the forests of western Montana. These are just a few of many recommendations, and if you ask around town, you will be sure to find many more.
Seeley Lake has many excellent restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner. Pop’s Place Family Restaurant serves up home-style diner food, or take a trip to Lindey’s Prime Steak House for a local, juicy steak and a truly fun dining experience. Moose River Bar and Grill is a fun atmosphere with great food and a lovely view of the lake. Or simply wander around town and you are sure to stumble upon many more great and tasty options.
The Ice Cream Place is a local shop that serves up much more than sweet treats! Grab a milkshake, sundae, or scoop, or grab a burger and fries to go along with it. This is a fun stop with a nice outdoor seating area.