Glacier National Park Welcomes Spring Visitors
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park plows have reached the Logan Pass parking lot from the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road) and east side plows are at the base of the Big Drift, the perennial drift located one quarter mile east of Logan Pass. Road crews are also busy cleaning plowed areas of the Sun Road and installing guard rails. Vehicles can travel as far as the Avalanche Campground area on the west side of the Sun Road and to the Jackson Glacier overlook on the east. Nearly 30 miles of the Sun Road are open for vehicle travel.
Construction crews plan to work this weekend, June 10 and 11, near Logan Pass on the west side of Sun Road. There will be restrictions for hiking and bicycling access just before the work area. To allow for spring road rehabilitation, the earliest possible date that the entire Sun Road can open to through-traffic across Logan Pass is Friday, June 18, 2010, weather permitting. All other park roads are now open for motorized traffic.
Most of the park concessions are open for business. Lake McDonald Lodge and Camp Store, Many Glacier Hotel, Prince of Whales Hotel, Swiftcurrent Camp Store, Two Medicine Camp Store and the Village Inn are all open. The Swiftcurrent Motor Inn opens June 15 and the Rising Sun Motor Inn and Camp Store open June 18. Sun Tours and Red Bus Tours are available by reservation and the East Side Hiker Shuttle is operating for a fee. All Swan Mountain Outfitters corrals providing horseback rides are open. Glacier Guides, Inc. is leading guided hikes and backpacking trips. Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD, boat tours landing at Goat Haunt are running. Glacier Park Boat Company boat tours and rentals at Lake McDonald, Many Glacier and Two Medicine are available. Boat rentals at Apgar start Saturday, June 12.
Campgrounds at Apgar, Bowman Lake, Cut Bank, Fish Creek, Kintla Lake, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, Sprague Creek, St. Mary and Two Medicine Campgrounds are all open. The Avalanche Campground opens Friday, June 11. The St. Mary Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Apgar Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Boaters are reminded that a permit is now required for all motorized boats before launching in Glacier National Park waters. Park managers request that all boats and trailers be clean and dry before launching in park waters. The new permits are part of a state-wide effort to prevent the unintentional spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS.) Details on AIS and the permitting process can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm.
Park trail crews are busy installing bridges and a number of trails are now cleared and accessible. For the latest information please visit Glacier’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm.
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Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.