Swan Valley, Montana
The Swan Valley is a forested mountain valley situated between the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the east and the Mission Mountain Wilderness to the west. This ecosystem sustains lynx, wolverine, grizzly bear, bull trout, elk, moose, goshawks and eagles. The Swan is also home to a wide variety of people ranging from homestead era residents to more recent migrants in search of a higher quality of life.


Northwest Connections is located in the center of the Swan Valley approximately 90 miles north of Missoula and 70 miles south of Kalispell. Our facility is a historic turn of the century homestead.

Pictured below: Northwest Connections' main building (Barn); classroom; dorm room lounge; dorm room.


Northwest Connections welcomes visitors, please call ahead, (406) 754-3185.
Our facility is located just off of Highway 83. At Mile Marker 47 turn west onto Cold Creek Road and drive 3/4 mile. Turn right (north) onto Ed Road and drive a 1/2 mile. Proceed through a gate and merge right. This road dead-ends at the Barn and Cookhouse.


The Beck Homestead

In November of 1916, Edward Axel Beck filed on a 160-acre homestead claim in Swan Valley. Located primarily west of Swan River and north of Cold Creek in the southwest quarter of township 21 north, range 17 west, section 10, the land consisted of gently rolling lodgepole forest and river bottomland. The rolling land had a dense stand of lodgepole pine one to twelve inches in diameter, while the bottomland had a scattering of spruce, larch, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine with dense undergrowth of shrubs. Swan River flowed through the eastern half of the homestead. Continue reading »»