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

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Brisk dip was a great way to start the day

With squirrelly children from the long drive, a dip in the lake was a great break before starting our Going to the Sun drive. Once you get in the water, it's hard to get out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

With squirrelly children from the long drive, a dip in the lake was a great break before starting our Going to the Sun drive. Once you get in the water, it's hard to get out. Beautiful views all around and easy to change and grab a snack on the way out in the lodge. This started our goal of swimming... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Take the time to enjoy the lodge for lunch, It offers a nice selection for mid range prices. We combined the visit for eating with the ranger boat tour. It was informative, not particularly exciting but a good way to see the park from another angle. Nice gift shop

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Enid, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Lake McDonald is 10 miles long and about 1 1/2 miles wide. It is located in the SW portion of Glacier National Park. We stayed at Apgar Village and we were right on the lake. Tremendously relaxing. Beautiful view. Very clean.

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The cabin setting was perfect with a treed view and a pathway down to the lake. Walking to the hotel was pleasant. The cabin was brought up to date without erasing the charm. It was also eco friendly and encouraged visitors to do the same. We had difficulty closing a window and a bellboy was sent immediately to resolve the... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

While traveling in a rented car to Lake McDonald Lodge, I was able to make next day reservations for the morning Lake McDonald boat tour. Lining up early gave us access to the (6) bow seats and a great outside view of the lake while the captain shared interesting historical and geological information. Other outside seating included the 6 spaces... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We didn't stay at the lodge, but explored the lake and surrounding area. This is a great place for relaxation. The grouhd squirrels are entertaining.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Love the lodge, took a boat ride early one AM ( rental) water was like glass and you could see boulders and logs way below the surface. Perfection!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A perfect gem of a lake surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains and glaciers. Perfect picnif spot and place to stroll we shared our picnic to with three deer

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Lake McDonald is a serene location that instantly calms you with its pretty views and lake shore. It's a great location to start or end a trip to Glacier, but I found so much more waiting for me past the lake. It's worth a stop (a meal or a night's stay), but don't dwell on it too long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Lake McDonald is a great lake for paddle boarding or kayaking. The water is clear and cold.You can take the boat ride from the Lodge on the De Smit and it's worth the price. Boat rentals are available at Apgar. We were out on the lake and were treated to the sight of a black bear walking along the shoreline... More 

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

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