The Belton Chalet is optimally situated at the West entrance to Glacier National Park. It's just a quarter mile to the park gate, and two miles to the Apgar Village and Visitor Center. Apgar Village sits at the foot of Lake McDonald, a ten mile long crystal clear lake perfect for lake activities like boating, fishing, and swimming. It's just a short walk to the Old Bridge over the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, the original entrance to the park. You'll see whitewater rafters floating under the bridge, and people fishing and swimming. Order a Box Lunch from the Belton Chalet to fuel your full day adventure!
Glacier Park Boat Company rents motor boats, rowboats, kayaks and canoes at both ends of Lake McDonald (Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge). From Apgar, pick up a boxed lunch from the Belton Chalet, hop in a canoe and find a picnic spot along the 20 miles of shoreline.
Professionally guided trail rides are available both inside and outside the park. These historic trail rides are on mountainous forested trails, and offer views of forest and mountain peaks. More information is available at the Belton front desk in the Lodge lobby.
You have a choice of rafting adventures on the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead river. These rivers form the southwestern and western boundaries of Glacier National Park and offer a unique view of the park. Four raft companies in the West Glacier area offer half day, full day, and multi-day trips.
Neither license nor permit is required to fish inside the boundaries of Glacier National Park, but you will need a current copy of park fishing regulations from the Visitor Center in Apgar. Some of the whitewater rafting companies listed above offer guided fly fishing trips daily. Visit the Glacier Outdoor Center on Highway 2 in West Glacier to get outfitted with fishing gear and get the current local fishing report.
See the engineering feat that was built from 1948-53 on the South fork of the Flathead River, located about 12 miles south of West Glacier. You can request a self guided tour into the dam.
Head into Whitefish and tour Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain. Take a gondola ride to the summit to cruise down the trails on a mountain bike or on foot, all the while surrounded by views of Flathead Lake, the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park. Go back through Whitefish and visit the Great Northern Brewery tasting room for free samples. Whitefish has many great restaurants and eclectic shops to browse through.
Some of the great entertainment parks of the past have survived here in Northwestern Montana. Take a break from nature and bring the kids to one of these great oldies:
The Amazing Fun Center:Giant Maze, bumper boats, go-karts, and mini-golf
The House of Mystery and Vortex:A great gift shop with a fun tour through a vortex forest and fun house
The Great Bear Adventure Park:Drive through bear habitat with free roaming bruins. Your car is your cage.