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St. Mary Lake

Address: 1 mile from St. Mary on Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Have wanted to photograph this iconic lake and finally got to do so. Waited for sunset and got my Wild Goose Island shot I wanted although there were no clouds in the sky so sunset itself was not great. But the light on the mountains as the sun went down was beautiful. Worth a stop for sure!

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Foothill Ranch, California
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117 attraction reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The road that leads to this beautiful lake is teaming with wildlife. Grizzly and black bear were spotted along the base of the mountains that this road goes past. Then when you round the corner and spot this gorgeous lake, it's breath taking.

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San Diego, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
74 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is the first lake you come to when entering the park from the beginning of the east side of "going to the sun road." Amazing!!! Such a great picture taking place. We spent almost all day around the the lake. As you starting going up in altitude you start to get better pics. There were a few people out... More 

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Rouses Point, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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