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“Unforgettable, dwarfs even my expectations!”
Review of Kintla Lake

Kintla Lake
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Owner description: This scenic lake is more remote and less visited than Bowman Lake because of the length of bad access road that leads to it.
Reviewed August 23, 2013

I had for years dreamed of going to Glacier national Park with my son. My initial research indicated that we could camp at the base of Kintla Lake (accessible by car) then canoe to the backcountry site at the head of the lake. We wanted to then continue from there, backpacking to backcountry sites on upper Kintla Lake. Because the campgrounds and backcountry permits are a first-come basis we weren't able to camp at the foot of Kintla (full) so we made our base at Bowman. This proved to be beneficial because the (IMHO) the campground at Bowman is one of the nicest in the park. After making our Bowman base camp we hauled our canoe up to Kintla and launched for a 5 mile trip to the upper Kintla backcountry site. This proved to be the highlight of our trip to Glacier. Upon launching and heading into deeper water we both had a feeling of vertigo because the water is soooo clear that you see the bottom passing below you even when it's 60' deep. We felt like we were flying! Then as the water gets deeper it magically turns to a turquoise, then emerald, and finally a sapphire color. The whole time we were on the lake we felt like the only humans around - the silence ROARED! We made camp at the head of the lake and eventually several backpackers filtered in to fill up the site. Had a nice evening socializing, a good sleep and then took the canoe over to the headwaters for a try at fishing the trout that we'd seen jumping - no bites, but the view of the mist rising off the lake and the mountain peaks pink in the sunlight with elk bugles echoing...what more can you ask for? If you can get here - try to bring a canoe or kayak. It really is the best way to experience this place!

17  Thank Ten_X
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Hidden up as the last lake it is a bit more of a journey. Small campgrounds and a picnic area. Very quite and you can drop a canoe in here. This place is misquito heaven so be prepared.... the mountain view are stunning.

4  Thank DonSpencer
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Way off the beaten path and well worth the drive to get there. The campsite at the head of the lake is very nice, but the one just up the trail another mile at upper Kintla is especially nice!

3  Thank CommonLoon
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Great all day excursion in a lesser traveled area. We had rented an SUV for the week so we felt safe traveling the Inside North Fork Road. We were SO glad we took this route to the lakes. It was beautiful going up and down and around the mountains. There was little traffic on the small dirt road. The books say it's a really rough road. We found that the roads to Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake were MUCH worse. We returned back to West Glacier via the Outside North Fork Road. That was the best plan b/c we were tired at that point and did not want all the jarring from the rough roads. We had mull deer and her fawn cross the road on the trip up. Bowman Lake was beautiful and so clear. We had a great picnic lunch. Kintla Lake was our favorite. So tranquil and there is a cool bridge that crossed the creek. A MUST is a stop at the Polebridge Merchantile store after you get to the end of the Inside N. Fork Rd (or from the Outside NFR) and before you head to the lakes. They have homemade goodies. Could not pass up a few cookies for our picnic as well as pastries for the next morning. They were huge!!! On the road back it was sad to see all the dead trees from the fires but that is Mother Nature doing her job. Stopped at the North Fork Flathead River for some pics and the wind was howling through the dead trees so strong it sounded like geese squawking. Again, crystal clear water. We were really glad we planned this day during our trip on the west side. Not sure how some of the cars made it on the rough roads.

7  Thank KIMWIN192
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Enjoyed the slow bumpy trip from Polebridge to Kintla. Camped overnight, launched our canoe and headed for the upper end of lake - destination Upper Kintla Lake. Took Boulder Pass at Ranger Station on upper end of Kintla. Hiked about 3 miles to Upper Kintla. Beautiful remote lake! While returning to our canoe we were almost over-run by two bears running up the trail at us. Several "Hay bears" caught their attention as they ran toward us. The chasing bear ran off the trail up over the hill. The "chased" bear continued on the trail toward us and finally, a couple more "Hay bears" left the trail and went around us about 200 feet away. PS - Take your bear spray! Early the next morning we left the camp site and a wolf crossed the road in front of us. A great area!

5  Thank Guy L
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