St. Mary Lake at Rising Sun

St. Mary Lake at Rising Sun

Boat Tours

Boat Tours

  1. Our tours at St. Mary Lake are closed for the 2022 Summer Season, reservations are available for Summer 2023.

St. Mary Lake at Rising Sun

The tour begins at the Rising Sun boat dock, centrally located on St. Mary Lake, approximately 5 miles from Glacier National Park’s East Entrance at the town of St. Mary. Conveniently located off of Going-to-the-Sun Road, this tour offers magnificent views only available from the water. Aboard the Little Chief or Joy II you will cruise close to the famed Wild Goose Island while enjoying epic 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks.

2023 Boat Tour Schedule


Tour Time 2023 Dates
9:00am* June 7th to September 4th
10:00am June 7th to September 4th
11:00am* June 7th to September 4th
12:00pm June 7th to September 4th
1:00pm* June 7th to September 4th
2:00pm June 7th to September 4th
3:00pm* June 7th to September 4th
4:00pm June 7th to September 4th
5:00pm* June 7th to September 4th
6:00pm** June 7th to September 4th


2023 Tour Pricing

All tours will dock and allow for a short walk to Baring Falls, the boat will wait 15 minutes for all passengers to return. Total time required for boat tour and stop at Baring Falls is 1.5 hours. *Wheelchair and Mobility Accessibility is available on our 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm tours.

** The 6:30 pm tour is a one-hour tour with no stop at Baring Falls. Rates for this tour are Adult $25.40, Child $12.70.

Glacier National Park has implemented a Vehicle Reservation system to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR). Reservations for Lake McDonald guarantee entry to the GTSR on the day of your reservation. Reservations for St. Mary Lake at Rising Sun will only allow access to the GTSR after the entire road has opened, typically the end of June or beginning of July. While a GTSR vehicle reservation will not be required to enter Rising Sun until the GTSR is opened, current Park entry fees still apply.

To access the GTSR for reservations at Many Glacier or Two Medicine, you must purchase a GTSR vehicle reservation from the National Park Service. For more information on the vehicle reservation system at Glacier National Park, please visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm
St. Mary Lake Ticket Office

2023 Ticket Office Hours

9:00am to 7:30pm      June 7th to September 4th

The Rising Sun Ticket Office is located at the end of the Rising Sun boat dock parking lot. The nearest restroom facilities are located behind the ticket office.

This service is operated by Glacier Park Boat Company, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Services and prices are approved by the National Park Service.

Please address comments to:
Superintendent
Glacier National Park
PO Box 128
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Contact Us Today
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Glacier Park Boat Company
282 Sunrise Creek Loop
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
406-257-2426
888-611-0747

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