July 29, 2003
The scenery is beautiful. The guide also pointed out the border at the 48th parallel, which is kept cleared of trees and brush. The lake is very cold -- 46 degrees for the first 12 inches and becoming much colder deeper than that. The downside of the ride is the wind. It was especially bad at the Canadian end of the lake. In June that wind was still quite cold even though it was sunny.
The National Park Service provides a ranger talk at the visitor center in Montana. There are restrooms and hiker shelters in case you miss the boat. There is no food available.
There are many trails leaving from Goat Haunt. If you wish to hike one of these, be sure to tell them at the ticket office. They will reserve a seat for you on a later boat return. You cannot just show up for a different boat. Only American and Canadian citizens are allowed to hike. All other nationalities are turned back. A German couple on our boat was not allowed to pass the ranger station. You must have your passport or a birth certificate and picture ID. My sister-in-law did accidentally leave her drivers license in her purse in the car, but was allowed in with just her birth certificate and the assurance of the other three of us that she was who she said.
On the return trip there were snacks and drinks for sale on the boat.
From journal Hiking for Ordinary Folks in Glacier National Park