Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Mike McGrew
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

No dogs allowed


January 24, 2019

SEELEY LAKE - One of the best things about skiing in Seeley and being involved with the Nordic Club and the kids’ program is the people I get to meet. Those who are skiing have fun, are grateful for the Club keeping the trails in good shape and the parents and kids are appreciative of the time we spend helping their kids develop good skiing skills.

Unfortunately, we occasionally run in to people who think they are “special.”

A couple weeks ago, I encountered four showshoers who had three dogs with them at the trailhead. I told them in a diplomatic and friendly way that dogs weren’t...

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Reader Comments(1)

abourne writes:

This is to help clarify the recent letter by Mike McGrew titled “No Dogs Allowed” concerning conflict with dog owners. The misinformation leading to the situation was an example of someone not familiar with the area recommending a recreation opportunity on a California national website. Confusion reigned about the dogs because the title of the trail shown on their website map was “Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails” which are EAST of Seeley Lake while the map location was for an incorrectly titled, ungroomed route, on the WEST side of Seeley Lake running from The Lodges to Boy Scout Bridge. Yes indeed, dogs, snowshoes, skis, boots, and yes even snowmobiles are allowed on the trail network on the WEST side of Seeley Lake. In addition to the segment marked on the map, there are about another five miles of trails on the WEST side of Seeley Lake where users of many sorts are welcomed year round. The snow trails are ungroomed except for the Archibald Snowmobile Trail. The west side trails are limited to non-motorized use during the snow-free season. Mike's information is correct for the outstanding Seeley Creek trails on the EAST side of Seeley Lake. Seeley Lake has a history of trail users being respectful and considerate of each other. It is important that local people be involved in managing and publicizing our excellent trail networks. Ron Cox


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