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This beautiful and the second-largest lake Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park (U.S. state of Montana) is located on the east side of Glacier National Park along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
When you are looking at the picture it seems you are at heaven. So, let’s discover together the features of Saint Mary Lake. At an altitude of 4,484 feet (1,367 m), Saint Mary Lake waters are colder and lie almost 1,500 feet (460 m) higher in altitude than Lake McDonald. As we have mentioned above it is considered the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt 5,000-foot (1,500 m) altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.
One of the advantages of the lake is that it offers a different kind of wildlife viewing opportunities including elk, mule deer and both grizzly and black bears. When the season warmer the wildflowers such as Indian paintbrush and lupine grace the hillsides burst with oranges and yellows of the aspens, while in winter it provides cross-country and snowshoeing opportunities.
The www.visitmt.com website mentions “As you travel on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, watch for numerous pullouts that provide opportunities to see Jackson Glacier, hike to 100-foot Virginia Falls or photograph Wild Goose Island. Just past the East Entrance, the St. Mary Visitor Center provides opportunities to meet staff rangers, learn about the park and see “the Backbone of the World” (as it’s called by the Blackfeet) through eyes of the Native Americans who call Glacier home”.
Source: Text; www.visitmt.com
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