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Beautiful view especially at night

We were stunned by the night time views of the sky over Lake McDonald! We could see the Milky Way... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
soniabarlow77
Stunning

The lake was beautiful - calm and amazing reflections of the mountains and clouds. We were there... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

We were stunned by the night time views of the sky over Lake McDonald! We could see the Milky Way galaxy because of llack of light pollution and no clouds. The view of the lake itself is wonderful and changes throughout the day with the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

The lake was beautiful - calm and amazing reflections of the mountains and clouds. We were there just after the Going-to-the-Sun road reopened after the big fires but, unfortunately=y, the hotel and lake activities remained closed. However the lake was worth a visit in its...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

We love to stop at the lake. Our favorite activity is renting a boat and exploring the lake. Just sitting on the shore eating huckleberry ice cream is so refreshing. We love it!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Another great drive on the Going to the Sun road. They are making improvements to the road with paving new pull off. They are also putting benches there. The forest on the north side of the lake has burnt but in a couple years it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Several days we went into the park, we would go into Apgar Village to walk around and walk on the Lake shore. I was amazed by the many colors of the rocks and shapes. The views of the mountains from the lake are beautiful. There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

During our recent Glacier Park visit we stayed at the Village Inn lodge right at the Apgar end of the lake. From our room we enjoyed a fantastic view down the length of the lake with a mountain vista as a backdrop - mesmerizing and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

Really nice place to chill. We went at the end of September and early so it wasn't crowded however everything was shut for the season Apparently gets pretty crowded in the peak season as does every park in the North American Rockies.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

This is a Great location for photos or just to take in the beautiful view. A must if your in the area

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mikek686
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Lake McDonald and the surrounding area is simply beautiful. We were there in early September and encountered a few people and enjoyed the Park Rangers evening campfire presentation. Just a great experience!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Lake McDonald is the largest lake (~10x1 miles, up to 130 meters deep) inside US Glacial National Park that my family visited at the beginning of August 2018. The lake is beautiful because of the blue-coloured lake that is surrounded by thick green woods under...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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LynnG1553
August 28, 2018|
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Response from 805nsb | Reviewed this property |
I would call Hotel in Lake Mcdonald. Also I believe that have/had fires
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Erin D
June 17, 2018|
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Response from Ravekid | Reviewed this property |
You need to contact the park to see if there are any requirements. I know some places want to inspect personal watercraft due to contamination and such. As far as the ability to do so, it is easy enough as the parking is... More
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JBRetired
May 22, 2018|
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Response from cwille | Reviewed this property |
There is a trail nearby. We had walking sticks with bells to make noise and frighten bears. Trail so close to road little to fear. Only trees to see. Best sights: trails on top of Going to the Sun Road, one wide open down to... More
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AC-Tripper
NJ
early morning drive (5 Replies)
We will be in Glacier NP in the second week of August. Just curious, if we begin our drive early morning (around 7:00 / 7:30 am) from the Swiftcurrent Cabins heading onto the main road, what wildlife are we likely to find in and around that area at that time of the morning. I realize that we must drive carefully as this will probably be low traffic time, but high wildlife activity time! Also, same time of morning, what are we likely to see in the Lake McDonald area? Thanks for any and all...More
May 18, 2010|
Response fromk2kelley|
Difficult to say. However this section of road does see a lot of animals, especially bears. Just drive slow and keep your eyes open.
theres126
Virginia
Can I access Lake McDonald from Apgar Village shuttle stop? (4 Replies)
Looking to kill some time while waiting for a ride and would love to take some photos of the lake! Is it walkable, with a pack/small duffle, or is it a far walk? Or, would another stop be better.
August 03, 2016|
Response fromal_in_al|
Yes, Apgar Village would be the best shuttle stop to get great views down Lake McDonald to the mountains. You'll be very close to the beach there, short walk. Another option would be Lake McDonald Lodge, but I like the views from the beach at Apgar better, in general.
coolrun2
Brentwood , TN
Route From Spokane and Itinerary Check (5 Replies)
We will be arriving July 13 at Spokane and flying out Kalispell on the 18th. Should we just trust Google or is there a best route to West Glacier? Also, any suggestions for our very loose itinerary below? We are early risers in our 50s who like to do hikes no more than 7 miles and are mainly interested in the 3 Ws (waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers:) Day 1: Arrive Spokane and drive to Glacier Guides, pick up supplies on the way in Day 2 Lodging=Rising Sun: Is Trail of the Cedars,...More
July 04, 2018|
Response fromDan P|
Issues... 1 when do you land in Spokane on day 1? It’s at least 5 hrs to kalispell plus hr loss. There are 3 route you can take. They are all about the same length And time. One goes 90 retires st region to flathead lake to kalispell. The other goes to standpoint then takes 200 thru a valley and meets ypuo with First route before you fet to flathead lake. The other route is take us # to sand point then to Libby then to whitefish. 2 day 1 where are you going to stay? 3 on final day...More