Suzanne Vernon, owner of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, recounted the beginnings of Seeley Lake in the 1989 compendium "Cabin Fever".

In the upper Blackfoot Valley, people began settling near Ovando in the late 1870s. Those who later settled around Seeley Lake came by way of a trail that led from Ovando to Woodworth then west and north above Salmon Lake to Morrell Flats. The Swan Valley was settled by people who came from the north across Swan Lake to Salmon Prairie, and also by those who traveled from the south, via Seeley Lake.