Clearwater River Canoe Trail #7777A


This canoe trail, north of the town of Seeley Lake, in on a slow-moving, meandering stretch of the Clearwater River upstream of Seeley Lake. The 3.5 mile waterway, with a slight current, can be canoed at a leisurely pace in about 2 hours.

This is a dual recreation area which, in conjunction with the adjacent 1.5-mile hiking trail, forms a loop. Parking lots are available on both ends of the trails. Canoe trail and return/hiking trail offer similar wildlife viewing opportunities whether on the water or on land. There is a wildlife viewing blind with interpretive sign along the hiking trail and also at the trailhead for the canoe trail.

This trail has Extended Information which includes details about the trail, maps, and interesting tidbits about the trail.

Photo of people in canoes navigating the canoe trail. Brush and sand on the shores of the waterway.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Canoe rentals are available in the town of Seeley Lake.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No-wake speed restriction for motorized watercraft. Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Seeley Lake, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

General Information

Directions: Directions to the trailhead: from the town of Seeley Lake, travel 3.7 miles north on Montana highway 83. Take Forest Service Road #17597 (west side of the highway) and travel 0.7 miles to the trailhead. Directions to the take-out point: The canoe trail take-out point, loading area, and parking area/restroom, is behind the Seeley Lake Ranger Station. Leaving the trailhead, travel back to the intersection where Forest Service Road #17597 meets Montana highway 83. Head south 0.7 miles to the ranger station (follow signs) back toward the town of Seeley Lake. The parking lot, loading area, and take-out point are behind the ranger station, between the lake and the ranger station.
General Notes: You can take a one mile hiking trail back to the canoe trail trailhead, thus eliminating the need to shuttle vehicles. Parking for approximately 6 vehicles at the canoe launch and at the canoe landing/take-out point. Please note: there is a vehicle area at the take-out point near the water's edge that is for loading/unloading only, and there is a separate parking area with toilet uphill from the take-out point. Vault toilets at the trailhead and take-out point. See our extended information document.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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River and Stream Fishing

The canoe trail and return trail offer fishing opportunities.
Fish Speciesbrown trout, largemouth bass, mountain whitefish, northern pike, yellow perch, kokanee
Difficulty Level: Easy

Nature Viewing

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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles along canoe route; 1 mile hike to return to canoe launch.

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  Elevation : 
3993 feet - 4000 feet