Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park: Address, Phone Number, Lake McDonald Reviews: 4.5/5

Lake McDonald
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Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.
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Edward C
San Diego, CA33 contributions
Lake McDonald
Sep 2021
We drove past the lake in both directions and stopped at the lodge fo a closer look. We did not see any wildlife on our drive on Going to the Sun road but the scenery was spectacular. My impression of the boat tour of the lake is that it more of a boat ride.
Written September 10, 2021
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pastuhh
Denver, CO1 contribution
Spent a night outside/flat tire
Sep 2021 • Friends
Beautiful! Be cautious, it’s easy to get a flat tire as the road has sharp edges around the lake if you go off a bit. We got a flat one and no service/no spare tire either. Rangers helped us to get to the city.

Our rental company didn’t help us at all after we spent 8 hrs outside at night waiting for a towing truck at 39F degrees. We ended up calling Bruce @ American Towing Company who saved us. Amazing service!!! Please save his phone in case you get in trouble on a west side: +14068928111
Written September 4, 2021
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mysza78
Sterling, VA22 contributions
Great spot within the park
Aug 2021
We stopped here a few times on our recent trip to Glacier National Park. The weather varied from warm and sunny to quite chilly (low 50s and windy on an August day), but we still enjoyed the stop each time. We traveled with 3 kids: 11, 9, and 4 years old. They enjoyed skipping some rocks at the lake. The water is so clear, the views are wonderful. We did not have a chance to watch a sunset at this spot, but I hear that's quite lovely too.
It was not our favorite spot within the park, but definitely worth visiting if you have some extra time.
Written August 27, 2021
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lahanson
Lake Benton, MN338 contributions
Peaceful
Jun 2021
This lake was very beautiful. We saw it along the GTTS road, from a hiking trail, and from the Lake McDonald lodge. We went to the lodge and bought some drinks and sat down by the water to enjoy the view. When there isn't any wind you get a perfect reflection of the mountains off the water.
Written August 17, 2021
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micndav
Pittsburgh, PA30 contributions
Lovely Lake Tour
Jul 2021
Beautiful evening tour of the lake with lots of interesting information. A great way to end a day in Glacier.
Written July 21, 2021
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,234 contributions
Picturesque Lake
Jun 2021
Though not the most impressive lake in Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald is very pretty with very still water and surrounded by beautiful mountains. If you are visiting Glacier National Park, I recommend stopping by Lake McDonald at least once.

We were able to take the Lake McDonald boat tour. The tour takes you around the lake, and a tour guide provides narration giving some history of the lake, the park, and the surrounding area. Our tour guide was very good and knew a lot about the park, which made for a fun experience.

Although the view from the boat isn't substantially different from what you can see on the shore, we did get to see some unique landscapes -- especially the mountains to the north.

Note that if you have a reservation for the boat tour you will be able to enter the park from West Glacier even if you do not have a Going to the Sun Road ticket. I suspect many reservations did this as we were able to take the boat tour with a last minute reservation from the wait list due to large numbers of no-show reservations.

Overall, the tour is relaxing and a nice way to take in views of the surrounding mountains. We did get to see some wildlife from the boat including birds.

The best way to experience Lake McDonald is from the Lake McDonald Lodge. Be sure to check out the river north of the lake as well for some pretty views of rushing water. There are also hiking trails in the area.
Written July 13, 2021
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lithlith
Michigan742 contributions
Pretty Lake
Jul 2021
Lake McDonald is one of the first things you'll see after entering Glacier National Park. It's beauty depends on the time of day and sunlight. Boat tours are available, but we did not take one. We simply drove by and stopped a few turnouts for photos. (In my opinion, St. Mary Lake at the other end of Glacier National Park is prettier and turned out better in my photos, but it might have just been our timing.)
Written July 11, 2021
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,428 contributions
peaceful in the morning
Jun 2021
beautiful views along the entire lake. It was peaceful since we were visiting early in the morning and some of the creatures were out and about
Written July 8, 2021
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The Places Where We Go Podcast
Simi Valley, CA919 contributions
Spectacular if conditions provide a mirror effect on the water
Jun 2021
We had a wonderful drive by this water feature. In the morning, the reflection of the surrounding mountains into the water was breathtaking. We had planned to stop back later in the day for photos as we were concerned about getting to the Avalanche Lake trailhead in time to get parking. While the latter was accomplished, we sadly found out later that the sweet spot for getting prime photos of the lake would have been on that early morning drive. By mid afternoon, the mountain reflections into the water were not to be seen. Still, on the drive back to Coram, we stopped at nearly every turnoff near the lake to admire the variety of scenery.
Written July 1, 2021
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Ashley C
Fort Mill, SC271 contributions
Gorgeous and relaxing
Jun 2021 • Family
This lake has healing powers! We hiked 3 hours prior, and we hike our kids played in the water.. we soaked out feet and skipped rocks. This iconic lake really does look like fruity pebbles and with a little “photoshop” the lake rocks pop vibrantly. We think the water was around 55-60° when we went late June. The view is spectacular and it’s very relaxing! Highly recommend a stop here!
Written June 23, 2021
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