Lake Josephine
Lake Josephine
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A popular lake nestled within many scenic mountains.
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Christina B
Louisiana2,574 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We drove up from East Glacier which was easy on Hwy 49 & 89., about 40 mins. The 12 mile turn off was another thing. Lots of road work so allow time. Thankfully we had an extra hour. Once to Many Glacier Hotel it was easy to park & go through hotel. Along the water in the back is the ticket booth to pick up tickets. There were people waiting on standby too, so arrive early or you’ll loose your spot. We had reservations for a 3pm boat tour. Young man with Blondish longer hair was very informative. Great tour guide. We took the first boat over & got off to hike the short trail. It’s really not a bad hike. I was expecting a harder one, so I was pleasantly surprised. We are 60 & 70 of average health. We had no issues. Took the second portion of the boat tour. We had planned on hiking to Grinnell Lake, but it was closed due to High Bear activity. So we stayed on & returned. Water & views are beautiful. We did see Moose in the water. We enjoyed it all !!
Written August 3, 2021
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ELKW
United States11,537 contributions
Jun 2019
we took the boat tour in this lake, you can also go there by hiking. The water color in this lake is beautiful, and you can see some glaciers during the boat tour in this lake, from the end of this lake, you can hike to Grinnell lake. it takes about an hour to hike to to Grinnell lake from this lake.
Written May 18, 2020
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teresa m
Bellingham, WA4 contributions
Jun 2022
You MUST do this. Well worth it. Make sure to wear hiking shoes, as the trail between boats/lakes is sketchy. Make sure you can get off at top of Josephine lake before you leave, if that is your plan,, the dock there was underwater.
Written June 21, 2022
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Cosmopolitan36576
California1 contribution
Glacier is amazing and this lake is equally so. It's an easy hike or there is even a boat ride! Even being there with the smoke of fires it was wonderful!
Written August 23, 2003
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UNC_Indy
Westfield, IN288 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Beautiful, quiet lake. We took the boat ride across Swiftcurrent and then lake Josephine to get to the trailhead for Grinnell Lake Trail. It was well worth it. Lake Josephine is secluded and beautiful but fairly close to Many Glacier Hotel. We were lucky to see a bull moose hanging out in the lake near the Grinnell Lake Trail Head/Dock. He stayed there for the entire time we were there (he was still there when we returned from the hike), and then a sow moose joined him just before we took the boat back to the hotel! Just wow!

One tip: they sell half of each boat sailing in advance and half can only be bought in person within 3 days of the sailing. This trip is in HIGH demand and routinely sells out. They do a wait list if you want to go and it is sold out but making it on the boat from the waitlist is hit or miss. We booked online at Glacier Boat Tours and avoided a LONG line of people trying to book passage same day or a couple of days out. Highly recommend doing this!
Written July 25, 2018
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carrigancourt
Seattle, WA216 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
July 4, 2018 - So appropriate to do this hike on Independence Day and experience the immense and beautiful natural landscape that our forefathers preserved and set aside for all to enjoy. Departing from the trailhead near the back and east side of Many Glacier Hotel, we walked along the scenic east shore of Swiftcurrent Lake then crossed over to the west shore of Josephine Lake. [Make sure you detour down the little off-trail to the lake’s edge and take some incredible photos of the lake surrounded by majestic peaks!]
Those who got tickets on the popular boat tour would by-pass this portion of the hike (a long but an easy flat and partially paved trail, shaving off about 3.5 miles or a little under 2 hours of hiking time round trip). But we hiked the whole trail, enjoying at length the beautiful views on our left of Lake Josephine and surrounded by mountain peaks. Nearing the end of this lake, we continued on the Grinnell trail going upward [moderately strenuous] on a very rocky trail rimmed with wildflowers, and gorgeous glimpses of the alpine lakes. At one of the vantage points where many hikers sat on a wide flat rock opening and had their snacks, you had an unblocked view of both Salamander and Gem Glaciers and the pristeen lake below. On that day, we weren’t allowed to hike much closer to the actual Grinnell glacier because there was a lot of snow covering the trail at higher elevations. A rope-off with small sign gave warning although many of us ventured past it with about 5 more minutes of careful hiking up to get to a slightly better vantage point of Grinnell Lake below. Absolutely stunning, although you had fabulous views of this lake even before this point. We spied a herd of mountain sheep grazing on the rock cliffs way above. We didn’t see any bears at all, just a lot of hikers with a can of bear spray strapped on them! We LOVED this hike - one of the highlights of our Glacier Park trip!
Note: There are trails going the perimeter of both Swiftcurrent and Josephine but the route we took followed the lake shores more closely, thus were more scenic. The concierge at Many Glacier Hotel gave us a great map. We started around 9:30 am, took our time and returned to the hotel area about 2 pm. There were always a few clusters of other hikers stretched out along the trail. By noon there were a lot of hikers, plus it got very hot even in the higher elevations. Bring plenty of water and wear good footwear because of the rocks and boulders on the trail after the first two lakes.
It’s also interesting to note that Grinnell Glacier was named after the founder of the Audubon Society, George Bird Grinnell, who was also instrumental in establishing the National Parks system in the early 1900s.
Written July 24, 2018
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linda r
Niceville, FL26 contributions
Aug 2018
We took the boat tour from Many Glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent lake then had a short hike through the woods (easy and beautiful hike) until we came to Lake Josephine. One of the best adventures we took. Absolutely stunning views and very serene. Loved it.
Written January 6, 2019
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Penny E
Roseau361 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
We truly enjoyed the boat trip, as well as saving us some hiking miles on the way to Grinnell Lake. If you can, purchase your tickets ahead of time via phone so you know you have your spot on the boat. Many people try purchase tickets on site but they are often sold out a day or two ahead of time. The boat captain has great information about the area on the ride to your first 'portage' where you will get off the boat, walk a short distance and board another boat. Once you get to the final destination, keep in mind the return times and that the boats can be full so you have to wait for the next departure. This was a great way to visit Grinnell Lake and if you do take that hike, don't miss Hidden Falls right before the suspension bridge - short hike up but it is steep. If you have the energy and time, Grinell Glacier would have been a great hike too.
Written August 30, 2014
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Deutschexpat3913
Mittenwald, Germany201 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
I love Lake Josephine! Over the past 15 years, I have taken family members ranging in age from 6-70 to this amazing glacial lake. With Mt. Gould standing in the distance, the setting is stunning and easily accessible from Swiftcurrent Lake. Bear situation can be sketchy at times so bring spray and walk in groups. During the peak of summer, the lake is warm enough for swimming (briefly).

Enjoy....
Written February 19, 2017
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Sue R
Salome, AZ264 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We hiked the length of Swiftcurrent Lake and a short trail beyond to get to Lake Josephine. There are good views of some glaciers from there. We only went as far as the beginning of the lake because the trail was closed beyond that due to high bear activity. There is a boat tour that crosses Swiftcurrent Lake, then has a short hike to Lake Josephine where another boat goes across that lake.
Written September 13, 2016
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