Seeley Lake Wildlife Viewing Blind


An easy walk to the viewing blind takes you through old-growth western larch and spruce where you may see birds and mammals in forested and riparian habitats.

The viewing blind is located at the edge of a marsh where migrating waterfowl stop in early spring. This blind is along the hiking trail that serves as the return path for the Clearwater Canoe Trail. An interpretive sign is available at the site.

At a Glance

Open Season: April
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Seeley Lake, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilet
Information Center: Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

General Information

Directions: From the town of Seeley Lake, travel 3 miles north on Montana highway 83. Follow the signs and turn west onto the road to the Seeley Lake Ranger Station. The parking lot is behind the ranger station, between the lake and the ranger station. There is a sign at the canoe landing, toward the water's edge, where the trail begins and leads to the viewing blind. The viewing blind is about 0.3 mile from the trailhead.

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Viewing Wildlife

This site offers excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife watching, sight-seeing, and photography. Early morning is typically the best time to observe wildlife. To help you identify birds, bring along a pair of binoculars and a field guide. A local ¿bird list¿ is available at the ranger station. There is an interpretive sign about wildlife at the canoe the take-out site. Please do not disturb the wildlife!
SpeciesSightings may include osprey, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, common loons, red-necked grebes, yellow warblers, and a variety of other ducks and birds. Mammals common to the river environment include white-tailed deer, moose, mountain lion, mink, muskrat, beaver, and an occasional otter.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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