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Lake McDonald

Glacier National Park, MT
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Beautiful mountain lake

Lake McDonald is quite lovely--crystal clear water, colorful stones on the bottom. You can rent... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Helen H
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Dream come true

As the girlfriend says " Definitely one of her best bucket list check marks." The rocks were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kevin L
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Red Deer
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Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Glacier National Park, MT
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Reviewed yesterday

Lake McDonald is quite lovely--crystal clear water, colorful stones on the bottom. You can rent kayaks and boats at both ends--Apgar Village and Lake McDonald Lodge--and also do a cruise from the lodge end. There's a small nature center at the village.

Thank Helen H
Reviewed 2 days ago

As the girlfriend says " Definitely one of her best bucket list check marks." The rocks were stunning with warm crystal clear water. It lived up to all of her expectations. The various colors of rocks on the lake bed is simply amazing.The little shops...More

Thank Kevin L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We rented Kayaks to see the lake. Nothing spectacular but nice and easy to boat upon and you can then reach quieter parts for a picnic and (cold!) swim.

Thank CMChang
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A bit cold but definitely swimmable. The kids rented canoes and paddle boards and also spent hours skipping rocks and swimming. Wonderful way to pass the day.

Thank amirgoldman
Reviewed 4 days ago

We got to Glacier fairy late in the day, so we stopped at Lake McDonald lodge and relaxed for a while and took the Boat trip. The guide/captain was informative and there is much to appreciate. Gave a lot of historical context.

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed in Fish Creek Campground and were within easy walking distance to the lake. The views are incredible and the water is warm enough to take a swim. At the developed part you can but food and souvenirs, rent a boat or swim.

Thank happytraveler2010_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

clear lake with beautiful surroundings. A great warm up of what's to come further inside the park. Water is refreshingly cold. will wake you up for sure

Thank Shane D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the best lake of Glacier. The color of the water was not as pretty. The lodge is a pretty nice place.

Thank DavidP404
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Lake McDonald Lodge (cabins) and were rewarded with amazing views of the lake to include the morning and evening where it was calmer. I took many pictures. Also, you can get great views of Lake McDonald from Apgar Village.

Thank Budrock9
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely. Lots of trails. I tend to take the leisurely path. Definitely a great place for a walk and reveal in the view.

Thank oldcarlady
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Eddie's Cafe & Gifts
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Lubug69
7 August 2017|
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Response from rmyers1944 | Reviewed this property |
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William M
Looking to spend our 25th anniversary in GNP for 10 days in 2018 and planning now. We want to fly in to FCA and stay in Apgar overnight. Day 2 is GTSR Trail of Cedars stay in Lake McDonald Lodge with a free day at lake same in Day 3. Day 4 is GTSR again with Highline Trail/St. Marys & Virginia Falls staying at Many Glacier Hotel. Day 5 is Many Glacier Area boat tour and Grinnell Glacier Trail again staying at MGH. Day 6 is Iceberg Lake Trail again MGH. Day 7 is Waterton Lake National Park staying at Prince of Wales Hotel doing boat tour. Day 8 is Many Glacier area Swifcurrent Pass Trail to Redrock Falls staying at Glacier Park Lodge. Day 9 we will finish up in 2 Medicine with a boat tour, Twin Falls, Trick Falls, and Upper 2 Medicine Lake with travel home on day 10. Since I have never been to the area and only done on-line research can anyone give me feedback on this itinerary that has been. Missing anything? Also does it seem to flow well from area to area? Thanks for all help!!! Excited to go.
27 July 2017|
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Response from helenandpaul13 | Reviewed this property |
Avalanche lake is a nice place to visit. Just a short drive up from Lake McDonald you will see a car park and visitor centre. The walk to Avalanche Lake is up and off to your right. It's a two mile walk all uphill to the... More
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