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Address: Glacier National Park, MT
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Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.

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Peaceful and Tranquill

Would have rated this as excellent, but there were forest fires that clouded the amazing scenery. Paddling around the lake on a boat was relaxing. The water was clear and calm.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Louis E
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Wayne, New Jersey
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Wayne, New Jersey
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37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would have rated this as excellent, but there were forest fires that clouded the amazing scenery. Paddling around the lake on a boat was relaxing. The water was clear and calm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park, Smokey mountains, even three Alps in Europe. Nothing compares to glacier. Thus its a must see in the US

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for a picnic along this lake and loved the view. It is beautiful but very chilly even in July.

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Moonee Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We'd just our first day in Glacier National Park. We walked to Avalanche Lake (see other tips) and the Trail of the Cedars before driving to Logan Pass. We were well on our way home and passing Lake MacDonald when we pulled up, as you tend to do frequently in this fabulous park. Sometimes with photography you get lucky. Today... More 

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Indianapolis
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reflection of the mountains and the clouds in the crystal clear water was amazing! Worth pulling over for.

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Easy to stop at the water's edge. Warm enough to wade in late June - this is easily reached from the south entrance to the park, even if the main road is not yet open over the pass.

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Napoleonville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

If you are driving through Glacier NP you will most certainly pass by Lake McDonald. This is one of the most scenic and picturesque lakes we have ever seen. With the nearby mountains reflecting in the glass smooth lake it is a photographer's dream

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1 Thank Robert D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Well if it's not my #1 favorite it's right up there. So nice to cool off and swim in the lake after a 16 mile hike up huckleberry mtn. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and the crystal clear water soothed my aching legs. I wandered over from the campground and was pretty much alone along... More 

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Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Most clean and clear looking water. The mountains reflect off the lake and this view should not be missed!

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Nestled within Glacier National Park Lake McDonald is a beautiful, pristine looking lake and area. A visit to McDonald lodge is almost demanded since you are so close (it is overlooking the lake). A rustic, log building also worht seeing.

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