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

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Beautiful Lake

Stayed at the Lake McDonald motel which was a less than joyful experience but the lodge and the lake itself we're beautiful. While the location where the lodge is located rents... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Stayed at the Lake McDonald motel which was a less than joyful experience but the lodge and the lake itself we're beautiful. While the location where the lodge is located rents boats it doesn't rent kayaks or canoes. You can take the boat tour from here for $26 or so. We drove down to Apgar Village and rented both canoes... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Lots to do at this magnificent lake. Must paddle board or swim or cycle or jog or just sit and read a book.

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indiana
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Decided to try these fairly new rooms. Was not worth the money ($330/night). Rooms small but nicely decorated. View from upper level room was mostly roof with lake in the background. Biggest problem was upon check-in there were medications on the floor, I guess from the former tenants. Doesn't say much for the housekeeping. Would not spend the money to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Visited here the second week of May. No one around at all. I was the only one for miles. Water so clear and cold. Just breath taking.

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Leawood, Kansas, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

If the breeze is not blowing much and the water's really still here, you can often get a mirror image effect of the mountains on the lake. So beautiful! Absolutely rent a canoe or boat and get out on the lake!

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Palm Coast, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The morning we got to the Lake it was still, the Mountains reflected on the lake like a mirror. We got some great pics that day.

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Elyria, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't miss getting out on the water when you visit Glacier National Park. Enjoy a boat ride from the McDonald Lodge. You can also rent a boat there as well.

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Carthage, Missouri
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This lake is so big. The scenery is so beautiful and the lodge reminds me of Ole Faithful Inn. We ate here after our hike to Hidden Lake. We enjoyed the lake, the meal and the gift shop.

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

There's not a lot of touristy activities here, but I think that's a good thing. Get out and walk/hike/bike for crazy good views!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The views are gorgeous as is most places in Glacier. The draw back here is the amount of people. We stayed on the East side of GNP and when we made it over to the West side I could see that it was the more popular of the two. I did visit during a peak time, but was only bothered... More 

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Address: Address: Glacier National Park, MT
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Glacier National Park

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