Summer Fires & Our Boats

Kate Driving Little Chief

Kate Driving the Little Chief- July 21 photo, we are now running tours again at Rising Sun

As you have heard from the news or experience, there have been two large fires in Glacier National Park this summer.  The Reynolds Creek Fire was a challenge for us in the Rising Sun Area.  It started out with big plumes and burned close to the road, our docks, and the Rising Sun Motor Inn, Cabins, Campground, and including our housing there.  Fortunately our staff, including Scott, Erin, and Andrew took regular care to go in and check on our boats daily during the weeks after the fire.  We are happy to report that both docks, both boats, our ticket office and housing in the area are all intact.

We are happily back to giving Tours at Rising Sun on the Little Chief (built in 1925) and the Joy II.  Our Tours will take place at 10, 12, 2, and 4.  This is a great way to get a look at the affects of the Reynolds Creek Fire.  We will not be running our 6:30 tour this summer due to the constraints the Fire has put on the area and our staff.  If you already have reservations for a 6:30 tour, please reschedule with us at another time or location.  All other locations are running regularly scheduled boats.  


Our Crew at Rising Sun has been the greatest group of troopers this year (I see blue heart awards in the future).  Ben, Kate, Emily, Sam, and Mac have all been flexible, working extra hours at other locations and helping with maintenance reserve and environmental projects.  Thanks to the whole Crew for meeting the unique needs of this summer & doing it with smiles on your faces!

The newer, Thompson Creek fire has affected hiking options in the Two Medicine Area, but we will still be running regularly scheduled Two Medicine Tours.

Smoke over Rising Wolf after the Thompson Creek Fire Started- Photo via Jenny Leaf


The majority of Glacier National Park is unaffected by this wildfire and is available for recreational use. For more specific visitor information, please see official websites, and Additionally you can view park webcams at


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