St. Mary Lake & Vincinity

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St. Mary Lake is the largest body of water on the eastern side of Glacier National Park. The lake is long and narrow and the mountains tower over it by thousands of feet. This is one of the most spectacular areas of scenery you’ll find in any national park anywhere in the world. Here’s what it looks like on a map:

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As can be seen from the map, Going-to-sun-Road skirts along the northland of the lake, offering various lookouts and vistas along the way. One point of interest is a place called Sunrift gorge, wherein Baring Creek carves a gorge through some impressive rock, before tumbling down toward the lake:

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There is tour boat which, for a price, will take you across the lake to see St. Mary Falls:

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The most famous vista overlooking St. Mary Lake is a place called Wild Goose Island Overlook, which gives you a nice view of the aforementioned island (in truth, just a bit of rock sticking its nose above the lake’s surface). First, a morning view:

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Then an evening view:

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More views from around the lake:

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