Fact Sheet

History

  • Established as a park on May 11, 1910
  • Established as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in 1932
  • Going-to-the-Sun Road completed in 1932
  • Established as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1974
  • Waterton Lakes National Park established in 1895
  • Established as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site in 1995

Water

  • Number of named lakes: 131
  • Number of unnamed lakes: 631
  • Total number of lakes: 762
  • Acres of named lakes: 25,622
  • Largest lake: Lake McDonald at 9.4 miles long; 1.5 miles wide; 464 feet deep; 6,823 acres
  • Number of streams: 563
  • Total length of intermittent streams: 1307 miles / 2103 km
  • Total lenght of perennial streams: 1514 miles / 2436.5 km
  • Total miles of streams inside the park: 2,865 miles / 4,610 km
  • Longest stream: Upper McDonald Creek at 25.8 miles / 41.5 km

Land

  • Acreage: 1,012,837
  • Square miles: 1,583
  • Miles of exterior boundary: 205
  • Shared with Waterton National Park: 21 miles / 33.7 km
  • Shared with British Columbia: 31 miles / 50 km
  • Shared with U.S. Forest Service: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Acres of defacto wilderness: 963,155, or 1,489.3 sq. miles / 3,857 sq. km
  • Elevation at Logan Pass: 6,646 feet / 2,025 m)
  • Number of mountains: 175
  • Highest mountain: Mt. Cleveland at 10,448 ft / 3,190 m)
  • Number of glaciers: 25 named; all shrinking in size
  • Largest glacier: Blackfoot Glacier 0.7 sq. miles

Facilities

  • Number Class A campgrounds: 8, with 943 sites
  • Number Class B campgrounds: 5, with 61 sites
  • Number of trails: 151; total length - 745.6 miles
  • Miles of Continental Divide Trail in Glacier: 110
  • Wheelchair accessible walkways and corduroy
    • Trail of the Cedars (0.7 mile / 1.1 km)
    • Logan Pass Boardwalk (2,300 ft / 0.7 km)
    • Oberlin Bend Overlook (400 ft / 121 m)
    • Running Eagle Nature Trail (1,800 ft / 548 m)
  • Number backcountry campgrounds: 65, with 208 sites
  • Miles paved bicycle path: 2 miles (3.2 km) between Apgar and West Glacier/HQ
  • Number designated picnic areas: 8, with 175 sites
  • Number of (snowshoe) patrol cabins: 30
  • Number of visitor contact stations: 4
  • Number of boat access points: 6

Plants and Animals

  • Number of fish species : 24 — 18 native and 7 non-native (Lake trout are native in the Hudson Bay drainage, but are non-native west of the Divide. They are listed on both the native and non-native lists.)
  • Number of species of mammals: 71
  • Number of species of birds: 276 documented
  • Number of species of plants: 1,132 vascular and 858 non-vascular
 


Visitation

For more visit the NPS Visitor Use Statistics page.
10-Year
Increments
Increase
Decrease
Annual
Visitation
Increase
Decrease

Visitation 1911
4000
Visitation 2000
1,728,693
+3 %
Visitation 1920
22,449
+461%

Visitation 2001
1,680,614

-3 %
Visitation 1930
73,776
+229 %

Visitation 2002
1,905,689

+13 %
Visitation 1940
177,307
+140 % Visitation 2003
1,664,046
Big Fire Season
-13 %
Visitation 1950
482,298
+174 % Visitation 2004
2,033,933
+22 %
Visitation 1960
724,500
+ 49 % Visitation 2005
1,925,101
-5 %
Visitation 1970
1,241,600
+ 71 % Visitation 2006
1,964,399
+2 %
Visitation 1980
1,474,578
+ 19 %

Visitation 2007
2,083,329

+6 %
Visitation 1990
1,986,737

+ 35 %

Visitation 2000
1,728,693
+ 3 %

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800
Phones are generally staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

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