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Glacier National Park Boat Trips with Rangers

Boating at Glacier National Park

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Boat Tours & Rentals in Glacier & Waterton National Park

Climb aboard a historic wooden boat on one of five lakes in Glacier-Waterton for a scenic and interpretive boat tour. Tours are unique to each lake. Because the tours are different at each location, you can take one or take them all for an eclectic learning experience.

See Sexton Glacier and remnants from Louis Hill’s cabin on St. Mary Lake. Sail aboard the most historic boat in the fleet on Lake McDonald. Learn rich Blackfeet history while touring Two Medicine Lake. Take in majestic beauty on Swiftcurrent Lake in Many Glacier. Cruise the shoreline of beautiful upper Waterton Lake from the Waterton Marina.

If you’d like to be your own captain, there are kayak, canoe and motor boat rentals available. Boat rentals are available on Lake McDonald at the Cedar Tree Gift Shop as well as Lake McDonald Lodge. Rentals in other areas of the park are available at Two Medicine Lake, Many Glacier and Cameron Lake in Waterton.

Current rates and reservations are for the 2018 season only. 2019 rates are subject to change.


I started this blog because I enjoy discovering new places and sharing my discoveries with others. I was raised on the Great Lakes on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin in the shipbuilding community of Sturgeon Bay. In the 60's National Geographic Magazine called Door County the Cape Cod of the Midwest. That means for me, being on and around the water, boats, shipyards, sailing, recreation, and heritage is hardwired in my DNA. Nearby Green Bay is older than many east coast cities after all thanks to the voyages of French Canadia fur traders.

In much the same way that the Great Lakes were once the frontier explored and fought over by Americans, English, French and the indigenous peoples of First Nations this blog is about frontiers. The frontiers where heritage, cultures, travel, exploration, recreation, and arts intersect and express themselves in countless coastal communities. Here we hope to capture some of those stories.

Sam is a trained Historica Archaeologist having worked for Colonial Williamsburg and many other museums. A Folklorist, Maritime Historian, Photographer and Museum Director he consults with organizations across the country.
Graduate Studies in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
Graduate Studies in Labor History, Vernacular Architecture, and American Material Culture, University of Delaware, Newark DE
Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Delaware, Newark DE
BA Anthropology, Ripon College, Ripon WI

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