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

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Big Beauty

Beautiful big clear lake. Nice to take a dip on a hot day and view lodge. Looks like you could rent boats if desired.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Carnation, Washington
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Carnation, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful big clear lake. Nice to take a dip on a hot day and view lodge. Looks like you could rent boats if desired.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lake McDonald is a gorgeous attraction that is worth the visit if you're visiting Glacier. The breathtaking views of the white-capped mountains overlooking the crystal clear lake is unbelievable. Not to mention, taking a kayak out on the lake and viewing the wildlife in the crisp, cool air is tremendously therapeutic. Also, LD is a great place for families, especially... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

After taking the boat ride on Lake McDonald, we decided to eat at the bar/grill at the Lake Mcdonald Lodge. We were told by friends who visited 5 years ago not to eat here,but we decided to give it another try. Well...we should have listened. Food was cold (all except the potato wedges). We tried the flatbread, Reuben, chicken club,... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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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