Seeley Lake

Beautifully nestled between the Mission Mountains to the west and the Swan Range to the east, Seeley Lake offers year-round opportunities for angling and recreation. Although it's only one of numerous wonderful lakes in the valley, 1,031-acre Seeley Lake seems to be the primary draw for visitors, with two forest service campgrounds along the shore, enjoyable public beaches, and excellent boat launch facilities. Numerous private cabins surround the lake and fill the nearby woods.

Anglers target kokanee, perch and trout. Illegally introduced Northern Pike are attracting increasing interest from sportsmen, particularly among spear fisherman, who snorkel the shallows stalking the fish. Reliable ice usually forms by late December and supports an active angling scene through the winter.

Seeley Lake also offers 18 kilometers of excellent cross country ski trails, many of which are groomed almost daily by the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club. The club also hosts skate and classic clinics and after school programs for kids. Two major races are held each year: the Seeley Lake Challenge Biathlon and the OSCR 50k.

Beyond classic XC, many backcountry opportunities surround Seeley Lake as well including Yurtski. Seeley's cross country trail system is challenging, but well-maintained and well-marked, including three kilmeters of easy loops, 12km more difficult, and three kilometers of most difficult terrain. Trails begin at Forest Road 477. Dogs and snowmobiles prohibited.

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