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Swiftcurrent Lake

Glacier National Park, MT
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Type: Bodies of Water, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: A scenic lake.
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Jonesborough, TN
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172 reviews 172 reviews
73 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We were tired but wanted to get out of the car for a short hike, so we selected the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail. It was perfect. Although it had rained, there were very few soggy spots along the trail. Best of all, we had our one and only moose sighting of our two-week trip on this trail. See photo below! He... More

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Sierra Madre, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Due to some health problems since resolved I had to limit my hiking this year but I was able to thoroughly enjoy the view from the east end of Swiftcurrent Lake. The weather was perfect for photography and the lake was glassy smooth. There are several good vantage points for photography. The old Swiftcurrent Chalet is now a small shop... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A very easy walk, not one of the best in the area, but fits those who do not like to go up and down. Very flat. We did part of it in a rainy day and it was not worth it. The lake looked gloomy and not attractive.

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Sedona, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We liked the east side of the park better. The scenery seemed a bit more dramatic and we saw more wildlife here (moose, a grizzly, mountain goats).

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Moorestown
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Definitely recommend the hike around the lake. It is only 2.5 miles and you can go further by connecting it with other trails. The scenery is spectacular.

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Roseau
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The boat captain had great information about the area. We loved the boat ride, saw a moose on our portage and enjoyed the suspension bridge and side trip to Hidden Falls.

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San Francisco
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It's an easy flat hike starting right at the Many Glacier Hotel. When you get to the sign "Josephine Lake", follow it. It's not far and not hard at all. The boat company says it's strenuous but that' very misleading.

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Savannah, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We saw a moose grazing on the Swiftcurrent shoreline on the boat. The boat captains are all such lovely people and are a wealth of information about the area.

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McAllen, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There is a boat that will take you across the lake while someone is narrating the history of the area. After that you get out of the boat climb a hill about 1/8 of a mile and then down to another boat that takes you on another lake and back and you hike back to the 1st boat. On the... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We loved Swiftcurrent Lake. It was very calm, and we were able to rent a double kayak for $18/hr (regular kayaks, and maybe a canoe? were available also). There are boat rides, which we found less exciting (because the lake is somewhat small), but we really loved the Many Glacier area, and Swiftcurrent Lake was a part of this! During... More

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