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Address: 1 mile from St. Mary on Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MT
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This is one of the prettiest lakes that I've ever seen! The mountains surrounding St. Mary Lake make it surreal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lauren J
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the prettiest lakes that I've ever seen! The mountains surrounding St. Mary Lake make it surreal.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Another spectacular lake within the Glacier National Park not to be missed. A memorable experience by far.

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

If you are near St. Mary Lake you should be hiking to St. Mary and Virginia Falls as they are much more beautiful than the lake.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Absolutley stunning! Took a long time to get to EAST GLACIER! But worth the time and the views! A gorgeous surprise!

Thank NikkiHP
Dothan, al
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

A long beautiful scenic drive along St. Mary Lake on Going-to-the-Sun Road from the Red Bus tour was how we experienced it. On our return leg we saw a black bear eating grass right a the pull out along the road. I got great photo of him with the blue waters of St. Mary Lake behind him.

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Kalispell, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a beautiful lake that we had seen 3 moose. Gorgeous! There are pill outs along the way to take pictures. The road is super bumpy.

Thank montcowgirlup
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

One of the highlights of visiting the east side of Glacier is seeing St. Mary Lake. The lake is so clear and blue, and often the surrounding peaks are reflected in its waters, so even the most amateur of photographers can capture its beauty. There are also several beautiful waterfalls at its western end that are a must see! The... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

As with many Glacier National Park sites, you can't capture the magnitude of the vista with a normal camera, and only with panorama. There's more here than the token picture here shows. As you can tell, reflections of the glaciers on the water can be stunning.

Thank Txpoet
Albany, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It is a pretty lake but we were there just after the recent fire. A lot of the sites in the area are closed but it is still a must see.

Thank Karlina C
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

On the 4th day, we were tuckered out from hiking, so we decided to take the boat from the Rising Sun campground area. It was well worth it. Bring the good camera!

Thank Bill Z

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