Fall in Glacier National Park

September 5th, 2013 by teresa

Fall_83Operating hours for many visitor services including campgrounds, concessions, boat inspections, and backcountry permits in Glacier National Park will begin to change after Labor Day weekend.

Rehabilitation work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road continues through the fall season. Paving between Avalanche Creek and Logan Creek has been completed. Minor delays will continue in this area to accommodate striping, wheelstop and rumble strip installation, signing, rock placement, and other road work. Rehabilitation work on the east-side between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend will continues with 20-minute maximum day-time delays. Night closures continue in this area after 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Sun Point is closed to the public and being utilized as a staging area for rehabilitation activities.

To allow accelerated fall season rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle on the east side will be Sunday, September 22. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near the St. Mary Campground beginning Monday, September 23. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will be available from the west side of the park through Sunday, October 20, weather permitting.

Campground operating dates are as follows:

Campground Closing Dates (Through night of dates listed) Primitive Camping Operating Dates    (No water available)
Apgar October 13 Primitive camping in picnic area October 14-31, and April 1-May 2: $10 per night, November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass
Avalanche September 2 No primitive camping
Bowman Lake September  6 Primitive camping September 7- October  31 (weather dependent) $10 per night  November 1 through closure: Free with valid entrance pass
Cut Bank September  8 Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 9
Fish Creek September  1 National Recreation Reservation System Campground, no primitive camping
Kintla Lake September 6 Primitive camping September 7- October 31:(weather dependent) $10 per night November 1 through  closure: Free with valid entrance pass
Logging Creek September  22 Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 23
Many Glacier September 22 Primitive camping September 23 -29 (weather dependent) $10 per night. Closes Noon September 30
Quartz Creek October 30 Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon October 31
Rising Sun September 2 No primitive camping
Sprague Creek September 2 No primitive camping
St. Mary September 8 June 1-September 1: National Recreation Reservation System $23 per nightSeptember 2-8: $20 per night

Primitive camping September 9-October 31: $10 per night

November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass

Two Medicine September 8 No primitive camping

 

Campgrounds in primitive status have pit toilets available, no potable or drinking water, limited number of sites, and fees are reduced to $10 per night. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and reminded that any water taken from streams or lakes requires treatment before use. Current campground status is available athttp://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.

Hours of operation for the Apgar Back-Country Permit Office will change after Labor Day.  From Labor Day through September 30, the office will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  During October hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Back-country permits will be issued until 30 minutes prior to closing.

Hours of operation to conduct boat inspections and receive permits will also change this fall:

West-Side Boat Inspections
September 8 – September 30October 1 – October 31

November 1 – May 1

7:00am to 4:30pm, Apgar Back-Country Office8:00am to 4:00pm, Apgar Back-Country Office

Monday-Friday, Head-quarters Office

Weekends Apgar Visitor Center

East-Side Boat Inspections
September 1 – September 14 (St.Mary)September 1-September 21 (Two Medicine and Many Glacier)

September 14/22 – late May

8:00am to 4:30pm8:00 am to 4:30 pm

8:00am to 4:00pm, expect delays & call ahead if you can estimate your arrival time, 888-7800

Many concessioner services will begin closing mid-September including lodging, transportation, food service, retail shops, and boat rentals:

Belton Chalets, Inc.

(1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com orwww.graniteparkchalet.com) Backcountry Chalets:

Location Closing
Granite Park Chalet* September 9 (after breakfast)
Sperry Chalet** September 9 (after breakfast)

*The historic Granite Park Chalet is available for overnight use as a rustic hiker shelter.

**Services at the historic Sperry Chalet include traditional overnight accommodations and food service for overnight guests and day hikers with meal reservations.

Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 orwww.glacierparkboats.com) Boat tours and rentals:

Location Closing
Apgar (rentals only) September 2
Lake McDonald September 22
Many Glacier September 15
Rising Sun (tours only) September 2
Two Medicine September 8

Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI) (Central reservations:  406-892-2525 orwww.glacierparkinc.com) Front country lodging, food and beverage services, retail, tour and transportation services:

Location Closing
Lake McDonald Lodge & Camp Store September 29 (after breakfast)
Jammer Joe’s Restaurant September 2 (after dinner)
Many Glacier Hotel September 22 (after breakfast)
Rising Sun Motor Inn & Camp Store September 15 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn September 16 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Campstore September 16 (closes at noon)
Two Medicine Camp Store September 8 (open all day)
Village Inn September 16 (after check-out)
Red Bus Tours Tours operate the same dates as the hotels.
Hiker Shuttle September 2
East-Side Shuttle September 22

Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 orwww.glaciersuntours.com) Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:

Location Closing
Various Locations October 15

 

Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 orwww.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier) Horseback rides:

Location Closing
Apgar September 2
Lake McDonald September 29
Many Glacier September 15

 

Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 orwww.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake boat tours:

Location Closing
Goat Haunt Landing September 22

 

Ranger-led activities such as guided hikes and evening programs are offered throughout September. View the ranger-led activity schedule on the park’s website athttp://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/inforequest/inforequest3.cfm.

Autumn visitors to Glacier National Park will find less crowds, cooler temperatures, and changing vegetation colors. Area residents and visitors are reminded that the park is open year-round and park recreational opportunities can be found during all seasons.

For additional park information, visit the park’s websitewww.nps.gov/glac or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

 

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