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Simpy stunning!

This was such a beautiful place and serene. Our entire family was on a visit to the Glacier Park... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jeffreyp417
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Dearborn, Michigan
Rugged, historic lodge in western entrance to Glacier National Park

Truly a throwback -- no electronics, just the great outdoors with hiking, boating, lounging on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cwille
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Bradenton, Florida
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Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a beautiful place and serene. Our entire family was on a visit to the Glacier Park and stopped by here for a few hours. Breathtaking and a great spot for some beautiful photos.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly a throwback -- no electronics, just the great outdoors with hiking, boating, lounging on large lakefront veranda, rides on small, historic buses to the top of the majestic pass

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Serene Lake McDonald is a great place to stop and spend some time enjoying the mountains, water and occasionally some wildlife while you're in Glacier. There's a restaurant nearby if you're hungry and shops if you need a souvenir. Even if you don't need food...More

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

We had a picnic dinner here beside the lake and were visited by deer. It was pretty quiet and relaxing. The view was nice. You do need to clear out by sundown though.

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

We visited both the Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge areas during our trip to the park. We took the boat ride from the lodge ten years ago and we decided to do it again this year. It was worth it both times. You'll either have...More

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

Beautiful Lake and be sure to stop by the lodge for some interesting architecture. One of many beautiful stops in Glacier National Park.

Thank James M
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Lake McDonald is on the west end of Going to the Sun Road, which follows the south shore of the lake for about 9 miles. There are places to pull over and view the lake, or one can stop at Lake McDonald Lodge (food, boat...More

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Reviewed January 29, 2018

This gorgeous lake is the largest in Glacier NP and you can't really miss it if you enter through the West Glacier entrance of the park. Make some time to go kayaking and get out on the lake!

Thank Rachel L
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Reviewed January 25, 2018

Lake McDonald was beautiful, even in January. We have been there for decades. It was more beautiful and breathtaking than I remembered. Loads of snow and ice (be careful walking), we had a family snowball fight by the edge of the lake. Some stores and...More

Thank Larry W
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Reviewed January 17, 2018

Everyone should stop to see Lake McDonald Lodge and the lake, but also be sure to see the lake from the Apgar Village area where the view up the lake is long and inspiring. Kayaks and paddle boards are available. Find a spot to stop...More

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It is cooler during the day, cold to freezing at night usually. If its clear and cool the fall colors in the foliage are wonderful. There is a chance of snow in the park at higher elevations. We love October up here. You... More
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