Kayak Swiftcurrent Lake

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The Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park is well-known for its popular hiking trails, but it also provides travelers with the opportunity to kayak.

Swiftcurrent Lake is easily accessed along the shores of Many Glacier Hotel where ample parking is available. The Glacier Park Boat Company offers single and double kayak rentals onsite (pricing and dates of operations are available here: glacierparkboats.com) or you can bring your own.

The calm waters allow you to relax and take in the views of the surrounding mountains. And for an added adventure, you can kayak to the end of Swiftcurrent Lake where there is a small creek that connects it to Lake Josephine. If you’re willing to navigate your way through, you will be rewarded with more breathtaking views. Just steer clear of the tour boats that travel across both lakes throughout the day.

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Pricey

The rentals are pretty pricey... but I think its worth it if you arrive early and get glassy water. It was one of my favorite lakes for photography in Glacier.

Go early when the water is calm

If you want to have the best reflections, do this in the morning when the water is calm. When there aren't any waves the lake is still and like a perfect mirror. Also, you can fish the lake if you have fishing gear with you. Just know that no bait fishing is allowed, so you can only use artificial flies or lures. Be sure to check the park's fishing regulations here: https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/fishing.htm

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