The boats of Glacier Park Boat Company are an important part of preserving the history of Glacier National Park. Dating back as far as 1926, these wooden boats have been on the lakes of the Park! As you can imagine, these classic wooden boats take hours of work to maintain their original splendor. Most of this work has to be done in the Spring or Fall in boathouses on Glacier National Park’s lakes. While the scenery is spectacular, Spring weather in Montana can often be unpredictable, many lakes are more than 5000 feet in elevation and the boathouses are unheated. The amount of pride and determination it has taken the Burch family to keep our fleet afloat is immense. These boats are truly part of our family.
It is of historic note that most of the boat houses built for our tour boats were designed and constructed with the specific boat in mind. Each fall, these boats are lifted on a cradle and track system and moved into the boat house. The doors are then closed tightly for protection from the winter months. Every spring we come back and do it all over again in the spirit of those boat men and women who got it all started.
Click on the photos below to learn more about each of these classic wooden boats and their locations.