The small town of Swan Lake is located on the eastern shore of Swan Lake in northwestern Montana. It’s a tiny village with stunning scenery, and remote so you can truly get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life and crowded tourist destinations.
Swan Lake, Montana is nestled along Highway 83 on the eastern shore of Swan Lake.
The town is southwest of Glacier National Park.
You won’t find an array of eateries or lodging in this small town, but you will find one lodge where you can experience fine dining as well as spend the night in a comfortable Bed & Breakfast. There is also a bar and grille for some casual meals, two convenience stores for stocking up on “take-it-with-you” food and plenty of campsites for those who want to sleep out under the stars.
There are a number of trails in and around Swan Lake for some great hiking. If you want some relaxing exploration, the Glacier Country Recreation Trail is situated between Bigfork and Seeley Lake.
Swan Lake is a popular spot for fishermen to catch some rainbow trout, northern pike or Kokanee salmon. You’ll also find brookies and cutthroat trout.
Recreational boaters love Swan Lake in the summer months. There are several boat ramps to make it easy to launch your craft. Float tubes are not recommended because of the high winds that can come up on this lake.
- Whitewater Rafting
Right below Swan Lake is a section for experienced boaters – called the “Wild Mile” and offering some real adventure. On the section above the lake, beginners can embark on a bit calmer excursion.
- Winter Sports
On the Swan Lake Nordic Trail System you’ll discover incredible snowshoeing and Nordic skiing on the 50 miles of backcountry trails. All levels of snow enthusiasts can enjoy these treks.
- Swan River Wildlife Refuge
At the south end of the lake, the Swan River Wildlife Refuge gives a home to numerous sandhill cranes, bald eagles, osprey and even Black Tern. It’s well worth a visit to enjoy these wild birds.
- Huckleberry Festival
In August, Swan Lake hosts an annual huckleberry festival. This is a must-see and must-taste if you are here at that time of year.
To get to Glacier National Park from Swan Lake, take Montana Highway 83 to Montana Highway 35 South. After 11 miles you turn right on Highway 206 and go another 9 miles. Then turn right on US Highway 2 East, drive for 14 miles and you are there. This trip only takes one hour and 18 minutes.