Swan Lake is a beautiful lake located in Northwest Montana. Relatively
remote and isolated - it is a long way to the nearest large town from
Swan lake - it sits surrounded by tall, heavily forested mountains. The
water itself is extremely clear and is quite cold throughout the year.
The small town of Swan Lake, MT, sits on its eastern shoreline. The lake
is quite large, more than a mile wide and ten miles long, and is very
During the summer Swan Lake receives lots of use - not from fisherman
but from recreational boaters. On a nice, weekend day during the summer,
numerous boats are out on the lake doing whatever. As a result, don't
expect to hit Swan Lake and have it to yourself during the warmer months.
The lake is a cold-water lake and is home to smaller rainbow and cutthroat
trout. The best fly fishing for them will be subsurface using small nymphs
and streamers. Using attractor dry lies also can work. Swan Lake really
doesn't have any strong hatches that bring trout to the surface in large
Access to Swan Lake is excellent. Several boat ramps, primarily in Swan
Lake, provide an easy way to launch a boat. Highway 83 follows Swan Lake
along its entire western edge, allowing for easy road side access. The
western side of the lake has no development on it of any kind. Several
forests roads travel back in the woods away from the lake. For the more
adventurous, you can locate these roads and then bushwhack your way down
to the lake.
As Swan Lake is quite large, it can get windy on the lake. Because of
this, a float
tube should be used with care on Swan Lake. Use it to mainly stay
near the shoreline. Don't plan on using a float tube to cross the lake.
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