St. Mary Lake

St. Mary Lake from atop of Little Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake from Deadhorse Point, Glacier National ParkSaint Mary Lake is the second largest and third deepest lake in Glacier National Park. Controversy surrounds the name of this lake, whether it was an adapted name from the native name of “Sacred Woman Lake” or whether the famous Jesuit priest Father DeSmet named the lake after Mary the mother of Jesus.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road travels along St. Mary Lake’s north shore and this stretch of road was used in the opening credits of the 1980 thriller “The Shining”, the last scenes of the 1982 sci-fi flick “Blade Runner” as well as in the “Forrest Gump” scene in which Forrest is running across America and narrates his experience of seeing a mountain lake with “two skies, one on top of the other”. The first shot was taken from atop Little Chief Mountain, the largest mountain on the south shore of the lake.

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