The view from Apgar Mountain provides an opportunity to share views of the North Fork area of the park. Once a draw for homesteaders, historic old cabins dot the landscape north of the Polebridge Ranger Station. In the 1980s wolves migrated back into this area from Canada, reestablishing packs that had not lived in the park for over 50 years. More recently fires have occurred frequently and in 2003 the large Robert Fire left its mark on the view before you. Notice the spotty nature of the fire with burned and unburned forest mixed together. This diversity of habitat provides ideal conditions for a number of species and is one of the trademark qualities of the North Fork section of Glacier National Park.
Spring is in the air and the sleepy little village of Apgar is starting to see more and more activity. Keep an eye out for school buses of kids coming to the park to take advantage of our Environmental Education Program, and for weekend visitors enjoying the peace and quiet of Spring in the park. The Visitor Center is open on weekends only until later in May.
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.
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 or ground squirrels in the grass and increased traffic in the distance as the park gets ready for summer.
St. Mary Visitor Center
The calendar may say Spring but the weather at St. Mary can still vary a lot. One day we might have bright sunny days in the 60s and the next a passing snowstorm will carpet the meadows in several inches of new snow. Watch for elk in the distant meadow, particularly first thing in the morning. This is the time of year that they start moving around and following the new emerging vegetation.
It looks like the pair of Osprey that were testing out the nest as a possible summer residence, have decided to move on. Word is that there are a number of vacant nests in the St. Mary area this summer. Maybe something will still happen on our nest, but the Osprey should be well into nesting and incubation at this point.
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 Goat Haunt Webcam is offline now until Spring of 2013. This is the last image it captured before it was put to bed for the winter.
This view from the Goat Haunt Webcam highlights the transparency of the international border between Canada and the United States. Half way up the lake is the boundary swath. Although it can be detected from the boat ride down the lake, it is not visible from the rest of the area. Plants and animals never detect the boundary line and spread freely across the border. Wildlife and plant management issues are just two of the aspects of park management that takes close cooperation between our two countries.
Map of Glacier National Park Webcam Locations