The Apgar Lookout Webcam is our view into the remote North Fork section of Glacier National Park. Further from the spine of the Continental Divide, this area of the park has a different feel and character. Historic homesteads dot the landscape and the Inside North Fork Road remains a primitive and narrow travel corridor. The North Fork is also an area of frequent fire activity. Several fires, both large and small, over the last century have left the forests here a patchwork of different ages. These different age forests provide a diversity of habitat to a wide range of species. Researchers are drawn to this area by the richness and complexity of the ecosystem.
To many visitors to the park, this view is their first introduction to the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park. This iconic view from Apgar, at the foot of Lake McDonald, really shows what Glacier is all about...big glacially carved lakes, vast wild views of the high peaks along the Continental Divide, and the ever-changing forests that blanket much of the lower elevations. It's no wonder that for many people when they think of Glacier, they think of this view.
Fall and Winter are the slow times here in the park. Even so, this cam provides a glimpse into the goings on in Apgar Village. Watch for rangers coming to work at the Visitor Center on the weekends, school buses bringing groups of students to environmental education field trips, and the occasional deer wandering around wondering where everyone went.
This was the first webcam view that Glacier National Park offered. Originally it was only going to be a test until a better location was found, but it turns out that this view has a large following. This time of year you might see deer wandering around Park Headquarters and employees as they come and go to the office. Once the snow falls, if it's of the right consistency, a snowman or two often make an appearance.
St. Mary Visitor Center
Red Eagle Mountain looms on the horizon in the background. The meadows in the foreground are good places to look for elk in the Fall and Winter, especially around sunrise. The St. Mary Entrance Station is just out of view to the left, so you will often see cars, as they enter the park.
The Osprey nest has been vacant for the last few seasons. Osprey migrate to warmer climates down south for the winter, so it will be a while before we know if a pair will take up residence here again.
Thanks to Glacier Electric for placing the pole here for the osprey. The pole allows them to nest without building on the power transformers on a nearby power pole.
This area was once the hub of activity for the park, but the building of the Going-to-the-Sun Road pushed most activity further north. That's probably an OK thing for most visitors to this, now quieter, section of Glacier. As you can see the scenery is still as spectacular as ever.
The webcam at Goat Haunt has been put into hibernation for the winter. Once the small hydropower station there is shut down for the year, there is no power to run the cam any longer. This is the last shot that was taken just before the cam powered down.
Map of Glacier National Park Webcam Locations