Saint Mary Lake

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This article is about the lake in Montana. For the lake on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, see St. Mary Lake (Vancouver Island).
Saint Mary Lake
St Mary Lake.jpg
Saint Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island
Location Glacier National Park (U.S.), Glacier County, Montana
Coordinates 48°40′58″N 113°32′44″W / 48.68278°N 113.54556°W / 48.68278; -113.54556Coordinates: 48°40′58″N 113°32′44″W / 48.68278°N 113.54556°W / 48.68278; -113.54556[1]
Type Natural
Primary outflows St. Mary River (Alberta–Montana)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 9.9 mi (15.9 km)
Surface area 3,923 acres (15.88 km2)
Max. depth 300 ft (91 m)
Surface elevation 4,484 ft (1,367 m)

Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana.[2]

Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 4,484 feet (1,367 m), Saint Mary Lake's waters are colder and lie almost 1,500 feet (460 m) higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt 5,000 feet (1,500 m) altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake. St. Mary lake has a surface area of 3,923 acres (15.88 km2).

The lake is 9.9 miles (15.9 km) long and 300 feet (91 m) deep. The waters of the lake rarely rise above 50 °F (10 °C) and are home to various species of trout. During the winter, the lake often is frozen completely over with ice up to 4 feet (1.2 m) thick.

The famous opening shot of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake.[3]

A panorama of St. Mary Lake

See also[edit]

List of lakes in Glacier County, Montana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saint Mary Lake". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Saint Mary, MT" (Map (USGS Quad)). TopoQuest. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ "The Shining (1980) - Trivia". IMDb. Retrieved 1 January 2014.