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Swan Mountain Outfitters | Montana

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Summer Pack Trip- Fox at Palisades Lake – Swan Mountain Outfitters

Swan Mountain Outfitters is a premier, full service, horseback-based, Montana Outfitter. Guided hunting trips, guided fishing trips floating down Swan River, via walk and wade or horse in the Swan Valley or into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, summer pack trips from three to six days into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and trail rides in five different locations are offered throughout Glacier Country.

Swan Mountain Outfitters is a quintessential family-operated business. Three separate family member households as well as over 50 Northwest Montanans are supported by the diversified recreational operations of the company often referred to as the Swan Group.

Sustainable Practices

Swan Mountain Outfitters operates under a US Forest Service permit and instructors teach the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Wilderness Pack Trips

A significant part of the heritage of horseback trail riding in northwest Montana; pack trips are [at least] a once in a lifetime "must-do". Words can’t describe what it’s like to ride into the backcountry and embrace the ultimate calm and pristine beauty of the wilderness. Swan Mountain Outfitters is passionate about helping guests experience this amazing feeling for themselves through a variety of guided pack trips on horseback into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and sharing our perspective as stewards of the land and practitioners of leave-no-trace principles.

Swan Mountain Outfitters is the only outfitter to offer a three-day trip for those that want to get a "taste" for a wilderness experience on a horse. We offer four, five, and six-day horseback pack and fishing trip vacations in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex for guests with more time. This is one of the most spectacular natural settings imaginable.

We establish a semi-permanent camp on the border of the wilderness in mid-June, and then all of our trips utilize the camp throughout the season. We take daily excursions using our horses to a variety of different places into "The Bob" to fish, sight see or whatever the guest or group wants to do. Plus we have created as luxurious of a camp as you will ever find, platform beds with 4&1/2 inch thick mattresses, showers, full mess tent with a full time cook and a fire ring.

The unique aspect of our trips is our destination. Listed as wilderness Opportunity Class I, we are in the most pristine and unspoiled area of the wilderness. Unlike so many of the high traffic areas, our trips rarely encounter other people, thereby accentuating the wilderness solitude many seek.

Half-day, Full-day & Overnight Fly Fishing Float Trips on the Swan River

Many guests come to Northwest Montana to experience angling on one of the many famous rivers in the area, typically the Flathead River. What few anglers know however, is there are unique alternative angling experiences offered in the Swan Valley. Swan Mountain Outfitters is proud to guide guests for a different angling experience from the rest. The richness of the Swan Valley of Montana allows us to offer fly and spin cast fishing trips that meet the needs and desires of all types of anglers, including beginners.

The Swan River is a smaller and less frequented river that is home to some of the best cutthroat and bull trout fishing in the area. When fishing the Swan River, it is rare that visitors encounter other people throughout the day. Anglers enjoy these trips with more elbow room and peace and quiet, weather fishing for one day or overnight trips.

Fishing Trips Provided

  • Full day hiking/wading exploration of fishing in the Seeley-Swan Valley
  • All day or overnight Fishing/Trail Ride Combinations to a variety of small alpine lakes and streams
  • Multi-day horseback/fishing pack trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
  • Fishing Clinics that teach the art of fly fishing to learners of all experience levels
  • Fishing Float Tubes on alpine lakes for a day
  • Newly added location at Salmon Forks Outfitters provide multi-day pack trips and fishing in the most coveted fishing location of the interior Bob Marshall Wilderness. Guests have the exclusive opportunity to fish non-hatchery grown wild trout. Check availability for Salmon Forks Outfitters Wild Trout Fishing Trips.

Activity Level to be Expected: Moderate

Sizes of Groups: 2 to 15

Overnight Shelter Arrangements (if an overnight experience): Tent Camping

Costs to Participate: Prices vary please visit our website at

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