Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change No Name Lake to Engagement Lake
Glacier County, Montana

Status = Denied

Description lake, 12 acres, in Glacier National Park, in the Bighorn Basin, 1.1 km (0.7 mi) N of the E end of Upper Two Medicine Lake; so named because a couple became engaged at the site
Location 48°28’46”N, 113°26’48”W
PLSS Location Sec 1, T31N, R14W
Proposal name change to recognize an event that occurred there
Proponent Dan Pugh; Catonsville, MD
Not No Name Lake
Administrative area Glacier National Park
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 774654
Local Usage No Name Lake (local residents, National Park employees)
Published No Name Lake (USGS 1968, 1981; NPS 2004; Place Names of Glacier/Waterton National Parks, 1985)
This proposal is to change officially the name of No Name Lake, a twelve-acre lake in Glacier National Park, to Engagement Lake. The lake lies within Bighorn Basin at the southern end of the Lewis Range and in the southeastern part of the park. The proponent, a resident of Maryland, reports that he grew up in Montana but moved away to go to college and that the lake is special to him because he and his wife became engaged there. Although the lake is already named No Name Lake on Federal maps and in Jack Holterman’s Place Names of Glacier/Waterton National Parks (1985), the proponent suggests, “it would be nice to give it a real name.”

The National Park Service has recommended disapproval of the proposal, citing local and published usage of the existing name. The Montana State Board on Geographic Names contacted the Glacier County Commissioners regarding this issue and determined that the county prefers to “leave the name as it is.” Citing the lack of support for the proposal, the State Board does not recommend approval of the change. A copy of this proposal was forwarded to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation and to the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana, both of which are Federally-recognized, but no response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Oppose (Thursday, April 28, 2005)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, July 14, 2005
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded not to approve the name change, citing the lack of support from the County government, the Montana State Board on Geographic Names, and the National Park Service.

Vote: 8 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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