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Address: Glacier National Park, MT

Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.

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Beautiful location!

We stayed in a cabin on Lake McDonald. Had coffee by the lake every morning and a glass of wine every evening watching the sunset colors strike the mountains.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jackie B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed in a cabin on Lake McDonald. Had coffee by the lake every morning and a glass of wine every evening watching the sunset colors strike the mountains.

Thank Jackie B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited in May 2017. Still a bit of snow on the ground. I fell in love with the scenery, the temperature, the fresh clean scent of the outdoors, and most importantly the stones. It was an amazing adventure. The Going to the Sun Road was closed after McDonald Lodge. If you wish to visit up higher, wait until Mid... More 

Thank Ashley L
Grand Forks, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have seen this lake on several Facebook lists of must-see places to visit. Finally had the time to visit en route to Calgary on a geocaching loop trip. This lake did not disappoint! Loved the views and all the rainbow rocks!!! Would suggest coming May-October, as you have to pay $20USD to enter the park, and your pass is good... More 

1 Thank Camilla S
Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lake was like glass and no crowds if you travel the first weeks of May. No boating of any kind allowed this year, due to invasive mussels. But this made it more peaceful. The shore at the west end is the best. Smooth small flat stones....

Thank 541food
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

5/10/2017; The Sun Road was closed due to snow, but the drive along the lake was beautiful. The stones/pebbles are beautiful (see picture). We did hike the trail north of Fish Camp and we took bear spray as they were out.

Thank James A
falmouth, maine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to GNP before the season so the entire Going to the Sun road was closed except for the 10 miles on the east bank of Lake MacDonald. It was worth it. Beautiful. many turnouts. Gorgeous views of the mountains to the west of the lake. If this is what the rest of glacier NP looks like....wow.

1 Thank chimayred
Lacey, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake McDonald is spectacular in most any weather. Crystal clear and cold. The first 8 miles of the Going to the Sun road parallel the lake giving you views most of the way to Lake McDonald lodge. The Fish Creek nature trail will provide vista views on the the west side of the lake.

Thank Steve C
Lennox Head, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cool lake. Sunning rocks which are all colours of the rainbow. Very clear water. Even still some large ice pieces floating in april. A beautiful lake reflection on our second day

Thank ClaireKing92
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 2 - half days in the park walking and hiking in the Lake McDonald area. We were there before the season started so a lot of the roads, shops and restaurants were not open. The Going-to-the-Sun Road was open to vehicles to Lake McDonald Lodge and then open to walkers and bikers for the next 16 miles. This... More 

Thank Christopher A
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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