Our two times camping at Two Medicine Lake could not have been more different. Out first visit to Glacier National Park was in late August and we choose Two Medicine because it was the closest campground to where we entered the park from US Route 89. We stayed there for three days while we explored the park.

For those three days I got up early as usual to photograph the sunrise. The view down the lake is directly at Sinopah Mountain and to the north is Rising Wolf Mountain. The weather was gorgeous in August—warm during the day and pleasantly cool at night. On the last morning, Rising Wolf was shrouded in clouds which burned off gradually revealing the top of the mountain.

Our second stay at Two Medicine was in late May and the weather was cold and stormy. By this time, we had switched from tent camping to our teardrop trailer which kept us warm through the night. You can clearly see the contrast in the weather from the difference in the photographs I made on the two occasions.

Two Medicine Lake campground is located 13 miles from East Glacier. There are 99 sites, 13 of which can accommodate up to a 32-foot RV. The sites are generally shaded by trees and are reasonably spaced to offer privacy from other campers. All of the campground facilities are open from late May to the middle of September. In the off season, camping is on a “primitive” basis.

One of the features of Two Medicine is a chalet which was built by the Great Northern Railroad. Before the Going To The Sun road was completed, this was one of the most popular destinations for tourists to Glacier National Park. It now serves as a camp store and gift shop and is a registered historic landmark.

To find your way to Glacier National Park and Two Medicine lake, go to the Browning to Canada Road Trip Guide on the US Route 89 Appreciation Society website.