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St. Mary Lake

1 mile from St. Mary on Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MT
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Rouses Point, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

the color of the water is this aqua green. Beautiful. Some of the small bushed were starting to color, giving it a fall foliage feel.

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Dallas, TX
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Kind of less impressive than Lake McDonald if you are comparing the easily accessible lakes in the park. Which isn't to say that it's not impressive and worth a stop. I'm just saying that if you have time for only looking at one lake or doing one lake cruise, then do it on Lake McDonald over St. Mary Lake. But... More

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Keller, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

There was a fire in 2006 and you can see where the new growth is coming through. Still very very beautiful.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Take the time to go on a ranger led hike the follows the boat ride across the lake. You will drive by Wild Goose Island and have a great opportunity for photos. The boat ride takes you over to a small falls and then you have the option of taking the extended hike to St. Mary Falls which is well... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is a beautiful lake and should go on the boat ride to hear all of the history of the area and then take the hike to St. Mary's Falls.

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Houston, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

You will want to stop at every turn to take a picture. Gorgeous lake. I wish we were here in the summer for a boat ride and/or swim. The clear water with mountain peaks is breathtaking!

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WHEATON
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I got an amazing mirror photo of the glacier/mountains in the lake in the afternoon when the sun was not overhead. Rent a kayak and enjoy the lake. No waves.

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Salida, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were fortunate enough to be able to walk up to the ticket counter without reservations and hop on the boat/guided ranger tour which left in 20 minutes. Just enough time to get our packs, go to the bathroom behind the ticket counter and hop on board. The ranger and captains were very informative and the hike to St. Mary... More

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San Francisco
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

See my description under Baring Falls. There's a nice short hike along the lake to Sunrise motel. I had to wait for my boat ride and I really enjoyed sitting at the pier.

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Savannah, Georgia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We took the boat tour and guided Ranger hike to St. Mary Falls. Though a little slow on the way to the Falls for our tastes in terms of pace, the Ranger greatly enhanced our experience with all kinds of useful tidbits and info.Clearly, he was passionate about such a magical place as Glacier. We power walked the way back... More

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