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Address: , Glacier National Park, MT
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Biking, Camping
Description: Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.

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Stunning!

The backdrop of this lake is absolutely stunning. Quiet and serene, this is an excellent venue to just sit in a rocking chair and enjoy the view.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The backdrop of this lake is absolutely stunning. Quiet and serene, this is an excellent venue to just sit in a rocking chair and enjoy the view.

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

One day we took the boat tours from Lake McDonald Lodge. Very worth it, the views were amazing and the guide provided a lot of history. The Lodge has a very good restaurant. Apgar is a little village and a nice place to shop. We stopped at the picnic tables by the lake and ate lunch, then shopped, and then... More 

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We took the 1-hour Ranger-led boat tour on Lake McDonald and were hoping to learn about the history, geology, and ecology of the area. Our Ranger seemed unprepared for her presentation and spent most of the hour talking privately to a few people. We learned very little and were quite disappointed. To make matters worse, thick wildfire smoke from CA,... More 

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Fenton, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The hotel is OLD, I would not stay there, the food was good. The McDonald Boat tour---well, it was relaxing, but slightly boring. It is only an hour, the lake is serene! we were up during the fires in Washington and Idaho-so we actually could not see much while on the lake! Visibility was about 3/4 of a mile--REALLY! Not... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Get up early, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the sunrise before the crowds join you. We also enjoyed stand up paddle boarding here on a hot day.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This lake is breathtaking. It's crystal clear from the glacier waters and slightly cool when we went, luckily not too cold. It has beautiful views and smooth stones as the lake bed. We loved visiting it, it was beautiful beyond words and we would definitely go back again and we're already planning it.

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Albany, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful spot! Be sure to go to the boat area as you can rent boats. It is a nice area to paddle around.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Close to the west entrance of Glacier national park, this is a nice big lake with a max depth of some 450 ft. Nice place to pass a day with kids.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We stayed in one of the campgrounds by Lake McDonald and took the sunset boat ride. It is truly breathtaking. The water is unbelievably clear and the views of the mountains don't even look real.

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Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Gigantic, beautiful lake! Worth hiking around and or taking the boat ride. Pack a picnic, water and a hiking stick.. Take a camera and extra Sd cards. Binoculars help a lot. Upload a star gazing app for evening viewings

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