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.
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.
Apgar Village is quiet this time of year. Now that summer is over expect to see the occasional visitor or maybe a bus filled with school kids coming to the park for an educational field trip. Now and then a deer or two will wander around this uncrowded little village at the foot of Lake McDonald.
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.
Middle Fork of the Flathead River
Temporarily down for repairs
Two Medicine was once a main hub of activity, particularly when most visitors arrived on horseback. Of the original chalet buildings only, what is now, the campstore remains. Today Two Medicine is still very popular but the vast majority of visitors to the park spend their time on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and not in this spectacular corner of the park.
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.
St. Mary Visitor Center Osprey Nest
For several years this nest pole (provided by Glacier Electric) was used by a pair of osprey who raise young here each year. It has been 3-4 years now since the nest was used, but we continue to hope that another pair of osprey will be looking for a place to nest and will call this pole home again.
This camera is offline until Spring.
Goat Haunt lies at the head of Waterton Lake and is one of the most difficult areas of the park to get to. You'll either need to hike 8.5 miles from the town of Waterton, in Canada, or take one of the scenic boat rides that depart several time a day. On the trip down you will cross the International Boundary, which is marked by a 30 foot swath of cleared forest all the way from the Pacific Ocean to Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. Other than that one mark it's really hard to tell where one country starts and another begins. That boundary is transparent to the plants and animals that call these to neighbors home.