Local Man Rescued from Raging Creek
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – On Thursday evening Glacier National Park Rangers rescued a stranded visitor from Upper McDonald Creek.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, park dispatch received a report that a rafter had fallen in the water in Upper McDonald Creek near Red Rock Point and was stranded on a rock in the middle of the creek. Park rangers responded to the scene, and at approximately 6:15 p.m. the 23-year old male from Whitefish, Montana was rescued.
The Flathead County Swift Water Rescue Team also responded to the incident and successfully retrieved the man's belongings that were located downstream.
The visitor was cited for boating in a closed area. Upper McDonald Creek, from the motor vehicle bridge across McDonald Creek inlet at the head of Lake McDonald upstream to the Mineral Creek confluence, is closed to all boating and floating for the protection of nesting harlequin ducks.
Park visitors are reminded to use caution around water. Spring conditions in the park include increased amounts and high levels, fast moving, and frigid cold waters in lakes, streams and creeks. Drowning is the leading cause of death in the park. For information about boating, kayaking or canoeing in the park, please contact the park at 406-888-7800 or visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm.
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.