Glacier National Park is best known for its spectacular scenery, wildlife, and backcountry hiking opportunities. Nearly 1.5 million visitors come to the park each year to experience its grandeur. Straddling the Continental Divide in northwestern Montana along the Canadian border, Glacier Park features rugged mountain peaks and some fifty glaciers. Wildflowers blanket the high mountain valleys and grassy meadows. Wildlife abounds—mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, deer, black bears, and, most notably, grizzly bears. Glacier Park is one of the grizzly’s few remaining strongholds in the lower United States.
Kokanee from Flathead Lake once spawned in large numbers in lower McDonald Creek each fall, attracting a spectacular concentration of bald eagles. But this kokanee population collapsed and now the eagles gather in lesser numbers at Lake Koocanusa and along the upper Missouri River. Grayling is another introduced species that now receives special management consideration. The grayling survives only in a few isolated waters in Montana and is considered in need of special support. Experts believe Glacier is within the grayling’s historic range, and the park provides needed grayling habitat today.
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