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Kintla Lake

Polebridge, Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: This scenic lake is more remote and less visited than Bowman Lake because of the length of bad access road that leads to it.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The road to Kintla is not for the faint of heart; 38 miles of single track dirt road. Once you get there the campground is very small, so be prepared for competition. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the mosquitoes there are MILLIONS of them. All that said, it is paddlers paradise. The lake is crystal clear even if... More

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This 20 plus dirve is a challenge. The road is often one lane of very uneven gravel and dirt. The scenery on the way is breathtaking. saw lots of wildlife and a wide variety of terrain on the way. the lake itself is very isolated and the campground there very primitive and small. Worth the trip if you have the... More

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Long Beach, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

While Kitla Lake is pretty far out into the back country of Glacier National Park, it is well worth the effort. You really feel like you are out in the wild there. It is a pretty rough road, but we made it just fine in a normal rental car. We went to Kintla on Labor Day, so it was very... More

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43 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Kintla Lake is a drive into the back country. The camping around the lake is very crowded during the season. Expect to be right on top of the next tent. There is boating on the lake, canoe and kayaking. Be aware that if there is a strong wind on the lake it is hard to get back to the campground.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I had for years dreamed of going to Glacier national Park with my son. My initial research indicated that we could camp at the base of Kintla Lake (accessible by car) then canoe to the backcountry site at the head of the lake. We wanted to then continue from there, backpacking to backcountry sites on upper Kintla Lake. Because the... More

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Kalispell, Montana
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14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Hidden up as the last lake it is a bit more of a journey. Small campgrounds and a picnic area. Very quite and you can drop a canoe in here. This place is misquito heaven so be prepared.... the mountain view are stunning.

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East Glacier Park
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Way off the beaten path and well worth the drive to get there. The campsite at the head of the lake is very nice, but the one just up the trail another mile at upper Kintla is especially nice!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Great all day excursion in a lesser traveled area. We had rented an SUV for the week so we felt safe traveling the Inside North Fork Road. We were SO glad we took this route to the lakes. It was beautiful going up and down and around the mountains. There was little traffic on the small dirt road. The books... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

Enjoyed the slow bumpy trip from Polebridge to Kintla. Camped overnight, launched our canoe and headed for the upper end of lake - destination Upper Kintla Lake. Took Boulder Pass at Ranger Station on upper end of Kintla. Hiked about 3 miles to Upper Kintla. Beautiful remote lake! While returning to our canoe we were almost over-run by two bears... More

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Cashton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

If you are looking for a place that is calm and peaceful- this is the place. It's a nice place to relax. I would love to come back over and over again. It's a slow drive to the lake due to road conditions but well worth it! A rustic bridge for fishing and great views. I traveled from Yellowstone to... More

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