Summer is coming slowly to Two Medicine, but the roads into the valley are open and there is still time to see lots of snow. The campground and picnic area are partially open, as we wait for the snows of winter to melt.
The view from the Goat Haunt Ranger Station looks directly north into Canada. The border is unseen in this image just as it is unnoticed by the plants and animals that inhabit the two parks. Visitors to Goat Haunt, traveling either by boat or trail, see the border as a cleared swath through the trees that stretches all the way from Lake of the Woods in Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean.
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.
The Apgar Visitor Center operations have moved to a new location. The old building, where this webcam is located, is not being used this summer. As long as there is still network access at this building we will continue to provide this webcam feed. Since the rangers no longer work here we will no longer be putting the flag up on the flagpole.
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.