• Mt Reynolds

    Glacier

    National Park Montana

Fact Sheet

History

  • Established as a park on May 11, 1910.
  • Established as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in 1932.
  • Going- to- the-Sun Road completed in 1932.
  • Established as an International Biosphere Reserve, 1974.
  • Waterton Lakes National Park established in 1895.
  • Established as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site, 1995.

Water

  • Number of named lakes: 131
  • Number of unnamed lakes: 631
  • Total number of lakes: 762
  • Acres of named lakes: 25,622
  • Largest lake: Lake McDonald (9.4 miles long; 1.5 miles wide; 464 feet deep; 6,823 acres)
  • Number of streams: 563
  • Total length of intermittent streams: 1307 miles
  • Total lenght of perennial streams: 1514 miles
  • Total miles of streams inside the park: 2,865 miles
  • Longest stream: Upper McDonald Creek (25.8 miles)

Land

  • Acreage: 1,012,837
  • Square miles: 1,583
  • Miles of exterior boundary: 205
  • Shared with Waterton National Park: 21 miles
  • Shared with British Columbia: 31 miles
  • Shared with U.S. Forest Service: 130 miles
  • Acres of defacto wilderness: 963,155...or 1,489.3 sq. miles
  • Elevation at Logan Pass: 6,646 feet
  • Number of mountains: 175
  • Highest mountain: 10,448 ft...Mt. Cleveland
  • Number of glaciers: 25 named; all shrinking in size
  • Largest glacier: Blackfoot Glacier - .7 sq. miles

Facilities

  • Number Class A campgrounds: 8, with 943 sites
  • Number Class B campgrounds: 5, with 61 sites
  • Number of trails: 151; total length - 745.6 miles
  • Miles of Continental Divide Trail in Glacier: 110
  • Wheelchair accessible walkways and corduroy
    • Trail of the Cedars (.3 mile...1,584 feet)
    • Logan Pass Boardwalk (2,300 feet)
    • Oberlin Bend Overlook
    • Running Eagle Nature Trail
  • Number backcountry campgrounds: 65, with 208 sites
  • Miles paved bicycle path: 2 miles...Apgar to West Glacier/HQ
  • Number designated picnic areas: 8...with 175 sites
  • Number of ('snowshoe') patrol cabins: 30
  • Number of visitor contact stations: 4
  • Number of boat access points: 6

Plants and Animals

  • Number of fish species : 24...18 native and 7 non-native (Lake trout are native in the Hudson Bay drainage, but are non-native west of the Divide. They are listed on both the native and non-native lists.)
  • Number of species of animals: 68...from mice to moose
  • Number of species of birds: 277 documented
  • Number of species of plants: 1,132 vascular and 858 non-vascular
 



Visitation

10-Year
Increments
Increase
Decrease
Annual
Visitation
Increase
Decrease

Visitation 1911
4000
Visitation 2000
1,728,693
+3 %
Visitation 1920
22,449
+461%

Visitation 2001
1,680,614

-3 %
Visitation 1930
73,776
+229 %

Visitation 2002
1,905,689

+13 %
Visitation 1940
177,307
+140 % Visitation 2003
1,664,046
Big Fire Season
-13 %
Visitation 1950
482,298
+174 % Visitation 2004
2,033,933
+22 %
Visitation 1960
724,500
+ 49 % Visitation 2005
1,925,101
-5 %
Visitation 1970
1,241,600
+ 71 % Visitation 2006
1,964,399
+2 %
Visitation 1980
1,474,578
+ 19 %

Visitation 2007
2,083,329

+6 %
Visitation 1990
1,986,737

+ 35 %

Visitation 2000
1,728,693
+ 3 %

Did You Know?