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Outdoor recreation along the Flathead River is less than ½ mile away. Right from your cabin you can Hike, Bike, or Drive to the Flathead River where you will find two trailheads in the general area.


1. The Columbia Falls River Trail (Easy) 

2. Columbia Mountain Trail (Difficult) 

Both are bike friendly trails and favorites that we frequent.


We provide Bear Spray, no need to buy it! You will find it in your Cabin upon Check-In


Glacier National Park Recreation

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  • Vehicle Reservations - Make sure to research the requirements around Ticketed Entry for Glacier National Park as individual reservations are needed  in addition to your park pass for each area in the park, including the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Many Glacier, North Fork and Two Medicine. Reservations are available through two booking windows.

  • The first booking window will begin approximately 120 days in advance of the month you will be visiting.

    • Vehicle Reservations for May 26 - June 30 will go on sale February 1.

    • Vehicle Reservations for July 1- July 31 will go on sale March 1.

    • Vehicle Reservations for August 1 - August 31 will go on sale April 1.

    • Vehicle Reservations for September 1 - September 10 will go on sale May 1.

  • The second booking window for vehicle reservations will be available on a rolling basis 24 hours in advance. For example, if you plan to visit the Park on July 2nd,  a block of reservations will be available at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on July 1st. 

  • Tips on obtaining a vehicle reservation:

    • Make sure to create an account so you can be prepared to be logged in and ready to purchase one at 8am mountain time as they sell out quickly.

    • Once a ticket is in a cart you have 15 min to purchase it. Tickets put into carts and not purchased are released back to the public. So at 8:15 - 8:20 am there are usually tickets that become available again. This is like having a second chance to get one. Additionally you can use the 8:15 am time slot to purchase a ticket for another area of the park if you get the one you were trying for at 8.. 

    • If you weren't able to secure a reservation then look into making a Boat Reservation, kayak reservation, or even a  bear spray rental at Lake McDonald or on Lake St Mary. Both these lakes are located along the GTTS. A reservation on either of these lakes will get you all day Ticketed Entry to the GTTS road.

    • As a worst case scenario you can enter before 6 AM or after 3 PM without a reservation. Entering before 6 AM is one of the best ways to get parking at the popular hikes. The early bird gets the worm they say!

  • Going-To-The-Sun Road Reservations (GTTS) - The West entrance and the Camas entrance will require a reservation from May 26 – September 10, 2023 and from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. These reservations are valid for three consecutive days.  ​

  • North Fork Reservations - The North Fork Entrance will require a vehicle reservation from May 26 – September 10, 2023 and from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vehicle reservations for the North Fork are valid for one day. Keep in mind the Polebridge Mercantile is NOT located inside the Park and can be accessed via the North Fork Road without a reservation.
  • Many Glacier & Two Medicine Reservations - Vehicle reservations will be required from July 1 – September 10 – between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. – at both Many Glacier and Two Medicine. For these areas of the park, the reservation is only valid for one-day. If you do not acquire a reservation, you can still head into Two Medicine and St. Mary before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

  • Going-To-The-Sun Road (GTTS) - One of the most beautiful drives in the world, it isn't called the Crown of the Continent for nothing! This typically opens for full passage sometime after June 25th, it varies from year to year. If you are here in late June when the road is closed, it's worth the trip to the East side to enter the GTTS from the Saint Mary's side. It is less than a 5 mile hike up the paved road to Logan's Pass from where the vehicle closure is.

  • Logan's Pass - If you're planning a hike, make sure to get there early to find parking. It typically takes about 1 hr 15 min taking the GTTS Road to get there from Fort Williamson. If you're looking to just park for a short time it might be worth taking a few loops around the parking lot until something opens up. Oftentimes we will continue on to Saint Mary Lake for a waterfall hike and then catch Logan's Pass on the return. 

  • Lake McDonald - Is about 20 minutes from Fort Williamson and is where all those colorful rock pictures are taken. Renting kayaks or booking a boat tour will also get you all day Ticketed Entry to the GTTS road. 

  • Many Glacier - Is a 2 hour 15 min drive from Fort Williamson. It's a beautiful area and well worth the Trek. This is where boat ride across the lake to lesson your hike to Grinnell Glacier departs from. Make sure to schedule boat tickets in advance. Additionally this is where everyone seems to see Moose and Grizzlies, near lake Josephine. 

  • Saint Mary Lake - Is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Fort Williamson via the GTTS road. Booking a boat tour on Saint Mary Lake will also get you an all day Ticketed Entry to the GTTS road, so you would be able to enter on the west side and drive the Going to Sun Road from the West to the East side. 

  • Polebridge North Park Entrance - It takes about an hour to get to Polebridge from Fort Williamson via the Outer North Fork road, only a 1/4 of it is paved. Make sure to stop for some pastries at the Polebridge Mercantile before you enter the park.

  • Bowman/Kintla Lake - These lakes are accessed from the North Park Entrance. These are the less traveled lakes of the park and well worth the day trip.

  • Two Medicine Is about 1 hour 30 min from Fort Williamson and is less visited than the other parts of the Park. You can take a day trip for the breathtaking views and a quick hike to Running Eagle Falls. 

  • Glacier Park Boat Company - Reservations for Boat Tours and Boat Rentals can be easily made online with the Glacier Park Boat Company. Make sure to book in advance as these tours sell out very fast! Click here for where to kayak in the park.

  • Trails in the park we frequent are Apgar Lookout, Avalanche Lake, Hidden Lake Overlook and Virginia and St Mary's Falls

Montana Recreation By Season


  • Biking or Hiking the GTSR is one of the best springtime activities here. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to hiking and biking beyond the vehicle closure, the farther you ride the better the views get. It can get chilly this time of year so plan accordingly.

  • In Late spring the lower trails begin to start becoming more accessible for hiking. 

  • Natural Hot Springs within 3 hours of Fort Williamson are Quinn's, Lolo, or Symes Hot Springs. Some require advance reservations for day soaks so make sure to check in advance. 

Summer & Fall 





Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)



West Glacier

Entrance (GNP)



Flathead Lake




Whitefish, MT



Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort




Kalispell, MT




Bigfork, MT

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