- Lake Sherburne offers visitors a peaceful lake experience including boating, fishing, unparalleled scenery and nearby amenities and hiking trails.
- Located in the eastern side of the park, just inside the Many Glacier entrance.
- Wet a fishing line, paddle a canoe, take a day hike, or simply relax lakeside while watching for wildlife.
Located in Glacier Park’s east side, Lake Sherburne is a manmade resevoir, named after the settler, Joseph Sherburne. At 6 miles in length, you’ll have plenty of shoreline to explore, and plenty of serene water for boating and fishing. As part of a wildlife corridor, chances are favorable for spotting moose, bears, swans and more.
Lake Sherburne lies inside the entrance to Many Glacier. From Babb, MT (Highway 89), travel roughly 7 miles west on Many Glacier Road.
Contingent upon Many Glacier road access, the ideal time to visit Lake Sherburne is in summer, when boating, fishing, hiking and sight-seeing are at their peak. In early autumn, enjoy Lake Sherburne’s surrounding aspens in vibrant color.
Camping: Many Glacier Campground is located just down the road from Lake Sherburne’s eastern-most shore.
- Open Late May – Mid September (peak), Mid-September – Late October (primitive)
- $20/night (summer), $10/night (primitive)
- 110 sites
- Flush toilets/running water
Boating: A popular Lake Sherburne activity, familiarize yourself with the rules of the waterway before navigating this placid lake.
- Motorboats welcome HOWEVER NO BOAT LAUNCH.
- Ideal for canoes/kayaks.
Fishing: Experience the challenge of landing a brook trout or northern pike.
- Hand-held rods only.
- Artificial bait only.
- Nymphs, lures mimicking larvae, or dry flies mimicking local hatches recommended.
- Keep limits: 5 brook trout/day, 5 northern pike/day.
Hiking: Bask in glorious mountain scenery on one of many hiking trails close to Lake Sherburne, including access to Grinnell Glacier, Lake Josephine, and much more.
- Cracker Lake: Hike to the lovely turquoise waters of this mountain lake.
- Distance: Roughly 5 miles, one-way. (6.1 miles from Many Glacier Hotel.)
- Ascent: 1400 ft
Wildlife: Due to the lake’s surrounding wetlands, several species of wildlife use this area as a thoroughfare.
Commonly spotted are:
- Bears (Be bear aware!)
- Big Horn Sheep
- Trumpeter Swans
Overnight accommodations/shopping/dining also available nearby.