Glacier National Park Announces Fall 2006 Services
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park remind park visitors that the park is open year-round and that most concessions, lodging and camping facilities will remain open well past Labor Day for the autumn season.
After Labor Day, services and facilities slowly start closing for the winter; however, the following is a list of ongoing park services and projected closing dates.
Concessioner: Closing/Ending Date:
Belton Chalets, Inc. (1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com or www.graniteparkchalet.com)
· Granite Park Chalet September 10
· Sperry Chalet September 10
The historic Granite Park Chalet is available for overnight use as a rustic hiker shelter. Services at the historic Sperry Chalet include traditional overnight accommodations and food service for guests and day hikers alike.
Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 or www.glacierparkboats.com)
Boat tours and rentals:
· Apgar (rentals only) September 4
· Lake McDonald September 23
· Many Glacier September 23
· Rising Sun September 4
· Two Medicine September 4
Glacier Park, Inc. (Central reservations 406-892-2525 or www.glacierparkinc.com)
· Glacier Park Lodge September 30
· Lake McDonald Lodge September 30
Jammer Joe’s Restaurant September 5
· Many Glacier Hotel September 27
· Prince of Wales Hotel September 19
· Rising Sun Motor Inn September 16
· Swiftcurrent Motor Inn September 19
· Village Inn September 30
Listed dates are the last night for lodging at the respective locations. Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI) facilities close after breakfast the morning after the date listed.
Note: Glacier Park Lodge and the Prince of Wales Hotel are outside the park, but are also managed by Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI).
· Red Bus Tours October 1
· Hiker Shuttle September 6
GPI Camp Stores
· Lake McDonald October 1
· Swiftcurrent September 20
· Rising Sun September 17
· Two Medicine September 4
Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or www.glacierguides.com)
· Guided day hikes & backpacking October
Mule Shoe Outfitters (406-732-4203 (summer number) or www.mule-shoe.com)
· Lake McDonald Corral September 11
· Many Glacier Corral September 4
Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 or www.glaciersuntours.com )
· Interpretive tours October 15
Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake Boat Tours
· Goat Haunt landings September 24
· Waterton Lake Non-landing Sept. 25 -Oct. 10
The following is the autumn 2006 schedule for National Park Service facilities.
Note on entrance fees: When entrance stations are not staffed, visitors must pay the entrance fee at the self-registration fee collection box or have a valid, previously purchased park pass.
Campgrounds: Closing Date/ Change to Primitive Status:
· Apgar October 16*
· Avalanche September 5
· Bowman Lake September 15**
· Cut Bank September 25***
· Fish Creek September 5
· Kintla Lake September 15**
· Logging Creek Closed
· Many Glacier September 25**
· Quartz Creek December 1 ***
· Rising Sun September 18
· Sprague Creek September 18
· St. Mary September 26 *
· Two Medicine September 18**
Campgrounds will close or change camping status at 12 noon on the date listed.
* - Primitive camping (no treated, running water and no flush toilets) is available throughout the fall at Apgar and St. Mary beginning on the dates indicated above. Cost for primitive camping at St. Mary and Apgar is $6 a night. Winter camping is also offered at these two sites. There is no charge for winter camping, which begins December 1.
**- Primitive camping (no treated, running water and no flush toilets) will also be available after the listed dates at Bowman Lake, Kintla Lake, Many Glacier, and Two Medicine Campgrounds. Bowman and Kintla Lake will offer primitive camping until December 1, unless closed earlier by weather. At Many Glacier and Two Medicine campgrounds, primitive camping remains available until snow accumulation and/or unsafe road conditions exist. Cost for primitive camping is $6 a night.
***-No water is available at Cut Bank and Quartz Creek. Camping at these campgrounds costs $6 per night. Quartz Creek will continue to offer this primitive camping with no water until December 1, unless closed earlier by weather.
Visitor Centers and Ranger Led Interpretive Programs
Glacier’s Visitor Centers at Apgar, St. Mary and Logan Pass are open daily throughout September.
A variety of ranger-led programs, from easy walks and evening talks, to all-day hikes and boat tours will continue in September. Activities are listed in "The Glacier Explorer" which is available in visitor centers or online at: http://www.nps.gov/archive/glac/pdf/2006explorer5.pdf
The Going-to-the-Sun Road:
To allow for accelerated rehabilitation work, beginning Monday, September 18, 2006, Logan Pass will be closed to vehicle use from the east side between Siyeh Bend and Logan Pass (2.5 miles) for the remainder of the season. Vehicles will be allowed to access the 15 miles between St. Mary and Siyeh Bend except when closed to motorized vehicle uses because of weather.
Logan Pass will be accessible for vehicles from the west side, except when closed to motorized vehicles because of weather.
During evening hours and on weekends, when the contractor is not working, non-motorized access (hikers and bicyclists) will be allowed on the alpine segment between Siyeh Bend and Logan Pass.
Information about the Going-to-the-Sun Road rehabilitation and related visitor service improvements are available by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800, or online at http://www.nps.gov/archive/glac/sunroad/whatsup.htm.
For reservations and details on the concession activities, please contact the concession office directly at the number listed.
For general park information, please visit the park’s official website (www.nps.gov/glac) or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800
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.