The Lakes in Glacier National Park
lakes in Glacier National Park are perhaps the most stunning
mountain lakes in the world. Anyone who visits Lake
McDonald, St. Mary Lake, Swiftcurrent
Lake, Bowman Lake, Kintla
Lake or Two Medicine
Lake on clear days cannot help be taken aback by the
stunning site of these large lakes that have towering mountains
rise up right from the lake's shore.
section of bigskyfishing.com looks at the front country
lakes in Glacier National Park, which is defined as those
lakes that you are able to drive to. Other lakes, that
require hiking to reach, are described in our "backcountry
sets the lakes apart in Glacier National Park from other
mountain lakes, at least to me, is their sheer size. The
primary lakes in Glacier National Park that people see
(due to road access and popular destination spots) are
extremely large by mountain lake standards. Most mountain
lakes tend to be rather small, often times not exceeding
50-100 acres. Yet, Glacier Park has dozens of lakes that
exceed several square miles in size. Additionally, the
waters of the lakes in Glacier National Park are absolutely
clear - putting other mountain lakes to shame. And, not
surprisingly, as the lakes receive their water from snowmelt,
the water in these lakes is incredibly cold even during
the warmest summer months.
the number and beauty of the lakes in Glacier National
Park, it is somewhat surprising how little use the lakes
actually get. Part of this is due to strict boating regulations
- most of the lakes in the park prohibit motors on boats
or allow only small outboards. The other reason is that
Glacier National Park is a long way from the nearest metropolitan
area, limiting the number of boats in general.
All of this, of course, only adds to the beauty of these
those who would like to do some boating on the larger,
front country lakes in Glacier National Park (defined as
lakes you can drive too), here's a quick breakdown on what
you can and cannot do:
Allowed only on Lake McDonald, Sherburne Lake, St. Mary
Lake, Two Medicine Lake and Waterton Lake (no boat ramp).
All motorboats must be launched from a boat ramp. All
boats over 12 feet must also be registered, either here
in Montana or in the persons home state.
and other non-motor boats: Allowed in most waters
of the park. Some waters are closed to protect critical
Watercraft (Jet Skis): Prohibited on all Glacier
National Park waters.
Prohibited on all Glacier National Park waters.
Loud motorboats are banned from the park. Park regulations
require any motorboat to have a noise level of less than
Allowed only on designated park campgrounds, both backcountry
and front country.
of other small rules and regulations exist. Before launching
a boat into Glacier National Park waters, be sure to check
their website for the latest boating
exploring the front country lakes in Glacier National Park,
simply click on any of the links below.
Camping Gear & Equipment Guide for Glacier
Big Sky Fishing.Com
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