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“Worth a ride”

Glacier Park Boat Co
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We did the boat ride at Many Glacier. This involved two boats on adjacent lakes with a 15 minute hike in between. Beautiful lakes. The operators were very appropriate and fun. There is an opportunity to do some longer hikes and take the boat back. Lakes are beautiful.

4  Thank WanderingTrio
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We took the Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes boat trip with the guided hike to Grinnell Lake. You can also take a longer hike to the Grinnell Glacier. We took the boat as a nice thing to do, but also to cut some distance and time off the hike. Our walk leader, Eric, was informative and very entertaining and the walk to Grinnell Lake was beautiful. The boats used are old and are being looked after well to keep them running. We booked in advance through the internet to ensure we had a place on the day and time we needed. You can also just stay on the boat for a return trip if you don't want to do any hiking. We got a return trip, though you can hike round the lakes back to the Many Glacier Hotel if you want a longer walk. The return boat trip was $24.25 per adult. Definitely worth it though.

5  Thank SamB77
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We reserved tickets for both the Swift Current boat and Two Medicine so that we could cut a few miles off our hike and thought it would add to the “experience”.
Pros-Being able to reserve ahead of time was a big plus. Hiking to Grinnell Glacier we were able to get the 8:30 boat which put us on the trail bright and spanking early. With the reservation we knew we had a spot and that was great considering without it we may not have gotten on the early boat. The trip to Grinnell shaves a valuable 2+ miles off the hike (one way)….Two Medicine/Twin falls even more so it was great that way too. The boats really do add something to the experience. These three things – reservations, saving time/effort and adding to the experience are enough to see why they are so popular.
Cons – I have only two but they are pretty big things to be aware of. #1 – The cost. These are not cheap. It is easy to see why (antique boat, National Park, etc.) but there is no way to say it is not a spendy little venture. Considering the Pros…I say still worth it and it is not like there are hidden fees or anything. The second is not something we counted on. Imagine coming off the hike to Grinnell Glacier…you’re tired…glad you paid for the boat to bring you back to the hotel…the boat shows up and very few people get off, leaving very little room for people to get on. You are told you are not one of the lucky ones to get on, but not to worry, they will be back in an hour to pick you up (if you can get to the head of the line this time). We hiked the extra 2+ miles rather than wait as did a number of our fellow hikers. This also happened to us at Two Medicine (though the boat was back in less than an hour and there was no way we were going to hike that one) I have to think there is a better way to manage this. Don’t put it on the staff to apologize to those left behind and don’t put it on those there to have compete to get a seat. Granted…waiting in such a spot? It could be worse. But, this was not handled well in either location so be forewarned. They should also consider a cut rate and/or partial refund for those who give up their seat and/or only use one of those pricey little tickets.
Bottom line- Considering it cuts 4+miles off the trip at Grinnell it is still something to consider…but to consider…not a “must do”. Harder at Two Medicine Twin Falls because of the distance it covers t not recommend just be prepared to give that itinerary some wiggle room. Make reservations well in advance if dong the Grinnell Glacier hike.

11  Thank ducklakedaniel
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

My family and I took the Many Glacier Boat tour across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine with the guided hike to Grinnell Lake. The guide made everyone feel comfortable with the pace was easy enough for the group, we did have a lot of people on the group -- but it was very nice and we even got to see a mama and baby Moose! I would certainly do this again and recommend to others.

4  Thank Stcsgirl
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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

The boat guides were all great, we did the ranger-led hike from Many Glacier boat dock to Grinnell Glacier. The boat takes a mile or two off the total hike distance which is great. The views are lovely of course and the boat is fine ride. However, the boats' capacity are only about 50 people so we had to wait on the return trip as the boat fills up fast. Would be better if they had two boats on each lake to eliminate wait time for exhausted hikers at the end of the day.

2  Thank Luke P
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