Lake Sherburne lies at the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, in
the scenic Many Glacier Valley. Lake Sherburne is not a natural lake
but is instead a reservoir, created from regulating the flows of Swiftcurrent
Creek. As such, it is subject to all the horrors that any reservoir has
- fluctuating water levels with very low water later during the summer.
Lake Sherburne is quite large and stretches for more than 3 miles during
normal pools. Due to its size, a boat is generally required to fish this
lake adequately. Unfortunately, there is no boat dock on Lake Sherburne,
limiting any boat to whatever you can drag down from the nearby Many
Glacier Road. As such, inflatable
rafts, canoes or pontoon
your best boats for this lake. A float tube will only work when the wind
is light - an even that does not occur often.
The area around Lake Sherburne is quite scenic. The lake lies in the
exceptionally scenic Many Glacier Valley and the tall mountains just
to the west provide a beautiful backdrop for this lake. While the lake
is scenic, the fishing is less than spectacular. The lake provides fishing
for northern pike and brook trout, although the fluctuating levels of
the lake hamper the brook trout fishing.
While Lake Sherburne does not have a boat dock, access to the lake is
easy. Just pull over on the Many Glacier Road on one of the many pull-outs
and take the short, easy walk down to the lake.
In addition to easy road access, several trails follow the lakeshore
near the lakes inlet. For an angler wanting to fish this lake away from
the noise of the road, taking the short hike the Cracker Lake Trail will
provide solitude and stunning scenery. Other nearby hiking trails up
in the Many Glacier Valley include the Iceberg
Lake Trail, the Grinnell Glacier
Trail and the Swiftcurrent
Camping Gear & Equipment Guide for Glacier
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