Swan Lake, Montana, USA
Montana conjures images of snow-capped mountains and clean waters full of fish, and Swan Lake more than lives up to that reputation. Surrounded by the Flathead National Forest in Glacier Country, Swan Lake is popular with boaters while still maintaining its isolated forested character. It is nestled below the Swan Mountain Range to the east of Flathead Lake and is a fantastic northwest Montana destination. The Swan…
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All About Swan Lake, MT
Montana conjures images of snow-capped mountains and clean waters full of fish, and Swan Lake more than lives up to that reputation. Surrounded by the Flathead National Forest in Glacier Country, Swan Lake is popular with boaters while still maintaining its isolated forested character. It is nestled below the Swan Mountain Range to the east of Flathead Lake and is a fantastic northwest Montana destination.
The Swan River flows down from the Swan Mountains and makes up the lake’s inflow and outflow. Before it reaches the lake, the river flows through the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge offering boaters a chance to see a variety of waterfowl and wildlife along with the beautiful scenery. Below Swan Lake the river has a mile long section of white water before it enters Flathead Lake, providing opportunities for adventurous paddlers and kayakers.
Swan Lake covers 3,269 acres in Lake County. With a maximum depth of 133 feet and an average depth of 52 feet, it is a deep, clean oligotrophic lake. Stretching ten miles long and slightly over a mile wide, the shoreline is forested making the lake feel like a hidden treasure. The western shore of the lake is completely undeveloped with just a highway following the shore. There is residential development including vacation rentals scattered around the rest of the shore. A lakefront campground also provides accommodations. The Town of Swan Lake has shops, restaurants and any amenities visitors might need.
Several public boat ramps allow access to Swan Lake, and the lake can become busy with recreation boaters on summer weekends. Anglers can expect to find Kokanee salmon, northern pike and whitefish or challenge themselves against the lake’s bull trout and lake trout. The water quality in Swan Lake is excellent, and the Swan Lakers, a volunteer organization, work to protect the lake’s ecosystem and character.
Swan Lake is in the Flathead National Forest. The 2.3 million acre forest runs along the west side of the Continental Divide and extends from the USA-Canada border to 120 miles south. Its shear size means the recreation opportunities are almost endless including trails for hiking and mountain ranges to climb. The forest shows the evidence of its glacial past. In fact, Glacier National Park is a short drive from Swan Lake. Established in 1910, it was the nation’s tenth national park and encompasses jagged mountain peaks and valleys carved by glaciers. It is a spectacular day trip from Swan Lake with breathtaking scenery.
Just a few miles west of Swan Lake and downstream on the Swan River, Flathead Lake has over 120,000 acres of water for boating, fishing and water skiing. There is more than enough water for almost every imaginable water sport and enough room that the lake doesn’t become crowded. The area around Flathead Lake is also particularly well known for its golf courses.
Fish-filled water set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains defines Montana’s Glacier Country. It also perfectly describes Swan Lake. With evidence of the region’s snow covered past carved across the landscape, Swan Lake and Flathead National Forest offer visitors majestic scenery and larger than life glacier-topped mountains. Swan Lake is an unforgettable northwest Montana destination.
Things to Do at Swan Lake MT
These are some activities in the Swan Lake, MT area visitors can enjoy:
- Vacation Rentals
- Water Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- National Wildlife Refuge
- National Park
- National Forest
What Kind of Fish Are in Swan Lake MT?
Swan Lake MT has been known to have the following fish species:
- Bull Trout
- Kokanee Salmon
- Lake Trout
- Northern Pike
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Swan Lake MT Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed
Surface Area: 3,269 acres
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 3,070 feet
Average Depth: 52 feet
Maximum Depth: 133 feet
Water Volume: 171,654 acre-feet
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
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