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Paradise for Wildlife in the Clearwater River Valley | Montana

Wildlife Viewing Area
The Swan Front. Clearwater drainage in front, the "Bob" behind. – Lee Boman

Overview of this Wildlife Watching Landscape

A beautiful chain of river and lakes near the town of Seeley Lake in the Clearwater River drainage is the heart of rich habitat and movement corridors for all species of wildlife found in the northern Rocky Mountains. The Clearwater joins the Big Blackfoot which flows into the Clark Fork of the Columbia near Missoula.

14,000 years ago glaciers shaped the Clearwater drainage, leaving behind a rich system of wetlands, ponds and lakes. It is a biologically rich area in the heart of the Crown of the Continent.

In the Clearwater drainage you'll find lynx, wolverine, pine marten, grizzly bear, and other species that roam between the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Mission Mountains. Loons and western pearl shell mussels are plentiful in these waters. Native bull trout migrate between local streams and lakes.

Gus, the world’s largest larch tree, dominates hiking and cross-country ski trails at Girard Grove near Seeley Lake.