Your Dollars At Work

uniformed workers use crane truck to install wooden entrance sign
Glacier is always making improvements with the funds generated by your fee dollars.

NPS/David Restivo

The National Park Service collects Recreation Fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). Recreation Fees provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and services for park visitors.

That means that the money you hand the ranger at the entrance booth, is being put to use in Glacier to make the park—and your visit—better. Some improvements take place behind-the-scenes. Others may be a direct part of your park experience, like an interactive museum exhibit, an accessible trail, or even a new vault toilet. All of these projects are important to the continued preservation of your national parks. Thanks to all of you that have paid an entrance fee or bought a park pass at Glacier.

This is a list of just some of the things your contributions have made possible:


Current Projects

On-going Projects

  • Trail repair
  • Interpretive boat tours
  • Noxious weed removal along Middle Fork
  • Rehab east boundary fence
  • Aquatic Invasive Species prevention program
  • Backcountry Reservation program
  • Archeological condition assessments
  • Support of youth trail crews, like Student Conservation Association and Montana Conservation Corps
  • Native whitebark pine restoration
  • Increasing accessibility (past projects: Oberlin Bend, Running Eagle Falls trail, Logan Pass Visitor Center)

Past Projects

  • Interactive exhibits inside Logan Pass Visitor Center
  • Rehab campground comfort stations
  • Print park unigrid map (handed out for free at entrance stations and visitor centers)
  • New waysides in Many Glacier and along Going-to-the-Sun Road and Camas Road
  • Park film and exhibits at St. Mary Visitor Center
  • Replacement of Many Glacier Ranger Station restroom
  • New entrance signs
  • New snowshoes for winter education programs
  • Improvements to Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater
  • Habitat restoration in Walton and Ole Creek areas
  • Installation of law enforcement radio system
  • Replacement of vault toilets with Sweet Smelling Toilets (SSTs)
  • Apgar bike path repairs
  • Goat Haunt Peace Pavilion rehabilitation
  • Fire and alarm systems at St. Mary Visitor Center
  • Chip sealing roadways
  • RV sewage dump station maintenance
  • Digital imaging and archival processing of museum objects, documents, and slides
  • North Fork homestead archeological survey
  • Lynx ecology and population study

Car in lane between fee booths; mountain in background
Entrance stations are getting a facelift


Design and Replacement of St. Mary Entrance Booths

This construction project is currently underway, set to be completed spring 2017. The new entrance stations will be accessible and will provide more room for the fee collection operations that take place within. They will also be designed for safety to ensure our employees are protected while they occupy the building, and when entering or exiting the building.

Overcast day with motor boat on mountain lake
All boats require an inspection and free permit to launch on park waters

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention through Boat Inspections

This project provides labor, supplies, and materials to formalize and expand Glacier National Park's program aimed at the prevention of aquatic invasive species infestation of park lakes, specifically exotic zebra/quagga mussels. It provides safe and effective prevention services to visitors who wish to launch boats on park lakes. Increased boat inspections and expanded visitor education are key elements. Since the pilot program launched in 2010, the park has increased the number of boats inspected and the frequency of inspections. Boats are now inspected and permitted upon entry to the park. Read more on the Boating Information & Permits page.

gnarled pale grey tree
Twisted whitebark pine

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Restore Whitebark Pine

Whitebark pine ecosystems provide critical habitat for grizzly bears, Clark's nutcrackers, and many other wildlife. Due to the exotic fungus, white pine blister-rust, whitebark pine has dramatically declined in Glacier. Scientists predict whitebark pine would die out without a management restoration program.

The restoration project involves assessment of current stand conditions and monitoring recently planted whitebark pine for survival rates. Seeds are collected from trees with apparent rust-resistance, and the seed is propagated into seedling tree stock. Finally, trees are planted at appropriate sites and monitoring plots established. This whitebark pine ecosystem restoration program will maintain whitebark pine for bears, nutcrackers, wolverines, and the visitors who enjoy viewing them for many generations to come. Read more about these efforts in a resource brief.

Group of youth wearing hardhats doing trail labor
Youth conservation programs are a great way for students to learn and live in Glacier.

Courtesy Glacier National Park Conservancy

Trail Work with Youth Crews

This stewardship project funds 6-10 person youth conservation crews repairing and restoring popular hiking trails. The work consists of one, or all, of the following: turnpike repair, turnpike conversions (boardwalk converted to turnpike), erosion control work, brushing the trail corridor, trail structure repair, and trail tread repair. Crews used are from Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Montana Conservation Corp (MCC), which enlist young people 15 years old and up. Glacier has had a partnership with SCA for over twenty years and MCC for more than 10 years. Park personnel work alongside youth crews for educational purposes focusing on both trail building skills and as well as resource protection strategies. Read about opportunities working with these programs on the Teens page.

Panoramic wayside and bronze tactile by boat dock on mountain lakeshore
Many Glacier wayside with bronze tactile of Many Glacier Valley, updated in 2014


Wayside Exhibit Rehab

Wayside exhibits are the signs found throughout the park, often along roadways, that explain a particular feature or view. A significant portion of Glacier's visiting public drive through the park without stopping at a visitor center or attending an interpretive program. But most people do see waysides. By rehabbing the wayside exhibits to explain the natural and cultural significance of specific park resources, we can increase visitor enjoyment, enhance public safety, and help to instill a sense of stewardship of Glacier National Park to park visitors.

Last updated: July 26, 2023

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West Glacier, MT 59936



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