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National park crowds across the West are braving intense heat and hazy skies

National park crowds across the West are braving intense heat and hazy skies

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. – Isaiah Sullivan can measure the intensity of this year’s hot summer by the lines of visitors outside the boat rental business he manages on the shores of Lake McDonald. Once the afternoon heat intensifies, the line to paddle on cool water fed by melting snowpack doesn’t dissipate until he puts out the closed sign at 7 p.m.

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National park crowds across the West are braving intense heat and hazy skies

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. – Isaiah Sullivan can measure the intensity of this year’s hot summer by the lines of visitors outside the boat rental business he manages on the shores of Lake McDonald. Once the afternoon heat intensifies, the line to paddle on cool water fed by melting snowpack doesn’t dissipate until he puts out the closed sign at 7 p.m.

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Reader photo: Osprey cleans up

Web extra: Submit your own outdoors-related photographs for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition and browse our archive of past reader submissions online at spokesman.com/outdoors.
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Escape the heat (and the crowds) at these five alpine lakes

Now is the time to check out one of our region's best amenities: alpine lakes. These higher-altitude waters are ice-cold. During cooler summers taking a dip in one of these might be reserved only for the hardiest of swimmers. But now, with temperatures reaching the high 70s and low 80s even at higher elevations, it's the perfect time to take a hike ending in a dip. 
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First female grizzly bear in Washington captured, collared, released near Metaline Falls

UPDATED: Thu., July 15, 2021

Federal wildlife managers captured and collared a female grizzly bear, with three cubs, near Metaline Falls in northeast Washington, about 10 miles from the Canadian border on June 17.This is the first female grizzly captured in Washington. Biologists believe she is a resident of the area and not dispersing from outside Washington.The bear was released and will be tracked and monitored.