Saint Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island are located in Glacier National Park, known as the "Crown Jewel" of the National Park System and named for the glacial rivers of ice that carved its spectacular landscape.
Glacier National Park sits astride the Continental Divide in Montana’s northern Rockies. Wild Goose Island is most notable for being featured in Stanley Kubrik's 1980 horror film The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson.
Saint Mary Lake, the second-largest lake in the park at 10 miles long, is located on the east side of the park and begins just inside the east entrance at St. Mary. Follow the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, which runs through the heart of the park, to the Wild Goose Island view turnout (1.5 miles from Sun Point). Be sure to continue on the Going-to-the-Sun Road to enjoy the many photo opportunities.
Just off Going to the Sun Road is Wild Goose Island, one of Glacier National Park's most photographed spots. The best pictures of this famous island are taken during sunrise--but you have to get there early. The first photographers arrive before 5AM! Wild Goose Island is in the middle of St. Mary Lake. Once upon A long, long time ago, .... Two native tribes resided on opposite sides of St. Mary's. Even though they seldom fought, they had no interaction. One day, a strikingly handsome warrior from one tribe noticed a beautiful woman on the other swimming toward the island. He couldn't resist her beauty immediately swam to meet her on the island. The two met, clicked instantly, spoke for hours, and became engaged. They promised to meet again tomorrow morning on the island and each swam home. Upon reaching their tribal shores, they realized they had created a massive problem. Each tribe's elders demanded that the engagement be broken off. Well, the two lovers didn't agree and met each other the next morning on the island. After a quick discussion, they decided to run away and find their own land to marry and live. When the tribal elders found out, they sent war parties to retreive their members and were determined to bring them home, no matter what the cost. Thankfully, the Great Spirit had kept its eyes on the two lovers. Taking pity on them, he transformed them into geese so they could fly away and be together forever. When the tribal warriors arrived on the island, all they found were two geese, tenderly rubbing necks. They flew away and never returned. From then on, the small island in the center of St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park was known as Wild Goose Island.