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Glacier NP restricts camping to hard-sided only due to berries and bear activity

Glacier National Park
Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 20:24:19-04

WEST GLACIER — The St. Mary Campground, located on the east side of Glacier National Park, is temporarily available to hard-sided camping only due to bear activity.

The hiker/biker sites will also be temporarily unavailable at this campground due to the change.

In late summer and fall, bears enter hyperphagia, which is a period of excessive eating and drinking to prepare for winter which results in more active feeding and searching for food.

The campground typically sees an abundance of berries in late summer. The last time the campground was moved to hard-sided only status due to bear activity was in late August, 2017, and before then, late August 2015.

No significant incidents between humans and bears have been reported in the campground year to date, according to Park officials.

RVs, motorhomes, trailers, and hard-sided pop-ups are currently allowed in St. Mary Campground. Camper vehicles such as VW buses and pickup trucks with small canvas pop-ups are allowed as long as the canvas is not exposed.

Campground managers will contact campers with upcoming reservations to reassign them to another campground in the park, space permitting, if they do not have a hard-sided shelter.

Glacier National Park is home to black and grizzly bears.

Campers are reminded to keep campground and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. Regulations require that all edibles, food containers, and cookware be stored in a hard-sided vehicle or food locker when not in use, day or night.

Park officials ask that all trash in bear-proof containers. All bear sightings should be reported to a park ranger as soon as possible.

Click here for more information about camping or hiking in bear country while recreating in Glacier National Park.