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Lake McDonald

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Address: Glacier National Park, MT

Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.

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Beautifully Wild Lake

I went to Glacier National Park in April, this month, during the NPS 101 Birthday weekend. It wasn't very crowded. The admission was free, due to the event. The free admission... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael T
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
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Bonners Ferry, Idaho
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to Glacier National Park in April, this month, during the NPS 101 Birthday weekend. It wasn't very crowded. The admission was free, due to the event. The free admission to all of our National Parks happens only on certain days each year. Do a web search to find out which days they are. The plowing of the Going-to-the-Sun... More 

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's amazing views from the shores of this lake, be sure to get out at the pull offs and walk down to the water! Bring a camera as it's breathtaking.

Thank KYkicks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Since we stayed in Kalispell during our trip, we first entered the park from the West Side. Lake McDonald was the first lake that greets you upon entering the park, and it is spectacular!! We ended up spending a lot of time at Lake McDonald and the McDonald Creek. We rented kayaks in Apgar Village, and went kayaking on some... More 

Thank Chelsea G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My photographer son would still be there if we had not run out of time. As the day progressed the lighting changed he just kept finding new photo angles. We are planning a return trip in the years to come.

Thank Rik A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started by driving past the lodge and over to the general store. A very quaint place with nice, helpful folks that has just about everything you could want. They even have a surprising large selection of libations, including local craft beers and their prices aren't bad! We put the kayaks in the lake behind the cabins just behind the... More 

Thank Mlbpafan
Kalispell, Montana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most likely your first real taste of Glacier will be gazing in awe from the toe of Lake McDonald near Apgar Village. You will be looking across the lake and way up into the mountains beyond. The water is clear beyond belief and, yes, cold! You will be able to easily see the renowned multi colored stones through the lens... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

Lake McDonald gets a top rating, but for the Rocky Point Trail itself I would give a 3.5 rating. Rocky Point trail is an easy, short trail on the west shore of Lake McDonald - not far from the Fish Creek campground and Apgar Village. The Park Service map lists it at about 2+ miles roundtrip, with 120’ gain in... More 

Thank Maxwell_III
Barre, VT
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

After seeing photos of Lake McDonald taken from Apgar Village I just had to stop and grab a few snaps myself. The only regret I had was that I couldn't stay longer and capture the water, the mountains, and the stones in the ever changing light. It was amazingly beautiful.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017

After a couple of hikes in the morning, we took the lake cruise of Lake McDonald. It was wonderful being on the water and had an informative guide. I thought she was a little unprofessional as she continue personal conversations during the safety briefing. It may only be a formality but, they do those for a reason and it seemed... More 

Thank jnobz
United States
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Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

I love Lake McDonald. During the early AM hours, the water is still and reflects many of the surrounding summits. During the PM it is actually a wonderful swimming lake. Weather is also much calmer than St. Mary's lake. Explore and Enjoy...

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