Intro to Glacier National Park
Staying Safe in Glacier
Life at Rising Sun:
A Summer Spent in Glacier
Intro to NW Montana
Sights from Montana's Roads
Trail of the Cedars
Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass
St. Mary Lake
-St. Mary Falls and Baring Falls
East Glacier and Two Medicine
Running Eagle Falls (Trick Falls)
Many Glacier and surrounding areas
Waterton Lakes Nat'l Park and Canada
Red Rock Canyon and Blakiston Falls
Police Outpost Lake
Animals of Glacier
Bear, Bighorn Sheep,
Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Goat,
References and Links
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St. Mary Lake
The first white guy to discover St. Mary lake came upon it from a Northeasterly direction. He saw what looks like the sillouette of St. Mary's face on Singleshot Mountain and so it was named. St. Mary's face can still be seen on the cliffs from a certain point along Hwy 89 between the towns of St. Mary and Babb.
St. Mary Lake sits along the Eastern end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which runs along its North shore. St. Mary the town is located just outside the park entrance and is rather small, consisting of 2 gas stations, a small grocery store, the St. Mary Lodge, and several good restaurants. Check out the soup at Johnson's Cafe on the North end of town, it's delicious. I heard that the restaurant at the St. Mary Lodge is great, but I never ate there because it's really expensive.
The entrance to the park here is at the East end of the Going to the Sun Road, and is the location of a very nice visitor center. St. Mary Campground is the first one you'll see.
St. Mary Lake is 9.9 miles long and 289 feet deep. Photos taken at several lookout points along the way, especially including Wild Goose Island, are among the most popularly taken in the world. I think I heard somewhere that it is one of the seven most photographed places in the U.S., but I'm not sure. It is also considered one of the 10 most beautiful places in the entire U.S.
Boat tours of the lake are offered just West of Rising Sun. These take you up the lake and stop at a seasonal dock by Baring Falls, which is on the trail to St. Mary Falls on the North side of the lake. Visitors can choose to just spend time at Baring Falls for a half hour or so or take a guided hike to St. Mary Falls. Afterward, the boat takes you back, passing closer to the south side of the lake.