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Glacier National Park prepares to move into fall operations

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WEST GLACIER – Operations at Glacier National Park will soon be winding down as the fall season approaches.

The fleet vehicle reservation pilot study for 2022 will end on September 11. However, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared for temporary traffic restrictions at the western entrance due to congestion.

Construction site on the Lake McDonald Utility Project will continue along Going-to-the-Sun Road from the south end of Lake McDonald near Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground until September, causing short delays in both directions during the day. The construction zone will be closed every evening from Monday to Saturday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. until October 1.

Hiker and cyclist access is permitted on the closed road west of Logan Pass to North McDonald Road while the road crew is not working. A daily road crew closure will be in place while crews are working. Visitors are advised that the return to Logan Pass consists of steep uphill terrain.

The park shuttles will remain in service until September 18 with reduced services. Beginning September 6, the shuttle service will operate daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with all stops in operation. Wait times can be longer than 20 minutes since there will be fewer shuttles on the road. Visitors planning to use the shuttle should check the Shuttle bus for more details.

The Logan Pass Visitor Center will continue daily visitor information services through Sunday, September 25. Potable water will not be available at Logan Pass beginning September 11. Meanwhile, the St. Mary’s Visitor Center will continue its daily visitor information services until Sunday, October 2. Drinking water will no longer be available at St. Mary’s after Monday, October 11.

The Apgar Visitor Center will continue daily visitor information services until Monday, October 10, then transition to weekends until October 23, weather permitting. Restrooms and potable water are available in the Apgar Visitor Center plaza year-round.

Frontcountry campgrounds will adjust as follows:

  • Hagar: Reservation required until September 11, first come, first served until October 3, and primitive status in Loop B only until Spring 2023
  • Fish Creek: Reservation required until closing on September 4
  • Sprague Creek: Reservation required until closing on September 11
  • Archer: First come, first served until September 9 and primitive status until closing depending on weather conditions
  • Kintla: First come, first served until September 8 and primitive status until closing depending on weather conditions
  • Lots of Glaciers: Half reservation, half first come first served until September 18 and primitive status until closing October 31
  • Sainte Marie: First come, first served until September 15 and primitive status in loop C only until spring 2023
  • Sunrise: First come, first served until closing on September 8
  • Two medicines: First come, first served until September 19 and primitive status until closing depending on weather conditions

Primitive status campgrounds have vault toilets available and fees are reduced. No campground reservations are issued at primitive campgrounds and all camping is first come, first served. Visit the park Campsite page for more information on the campsite.

Avalanche Creek, Cut Bank, and Logging Creek Campgrounds remained closed for the 2022 season. Quartz Creek Campground is temporarily closed due to the Quartz Fire. Visitors can check the Campsite page for updates.

Wild camping requires a permit, which can be obtained at the Apgar Wilderness permit office. The permit office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 30 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 31. Wilderness permits will be issued up to 30 minutes before closing. Advance reservations for wilderness permits are available through September 23. Walk-in permits are issued up to 24 hours in advance. Check the Wild Camping Page for more information.

Lake McDonald, Lake Bowman and Lake Kintla will be the only vehicle-accessible water bodies open to watercraft in the park after September 30. Hours of operation for the boat inspection station are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Lake McDonald and 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. at Polebridge until September 30. Effective October 1, inspection hours will change from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake McDonald and Polebridge. All waters in the park are closed to boats as of November 1.

Concession services (lodging, food, retail, horseback riding, boat and bus tours) began to shrink. All concession services will close for the season in early October. Visitors should check directly with Glacier National Park Services website for hours of operation.

Fall visitors to Glacier National Park will find cooler temperatures and are encouraged to be prepared for changeable weather with the potential for rain or snow, especially in the alpine areas. As fall approaches, bear activity will increase. Visitors are asked to consider the storage requirements of attractants and to remember that pets are not permitted on the trails at any time. Learn more about bear safety in the park website.

The park is open year-round and recreational opportunities can be found in all seasons. Winter recreation will be limited on Going-to-the-Sun Road along Lake McDonald for the 2022-2023 winter season due to the utility project. For more information, visit the park’s website website or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.