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Lake McDonald is worth a visit, and the boat rides from the lodge are worth the trip

We visited both the Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge areas during our trip to the park. We took the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful Lake

Beautiful Lake and be sure to stop by the lodge for some interesting architecture. One of many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James M
San Francisco, CA
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Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Glacier National Park, MT
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Ravekid
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank RetiredTravelerTN
Reviewed 4 January 2018

The views from this area of Glacier National Park were spectacular! They made the long drive worth every minute.

Thank ginnyt608
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Years ago I hiked in around the shores of Lake McDonald to camp, it was worth it just to avoid the crowds and have the opposite lakeshore to yourself.

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 16 December 2017

We arrived to Lake McDonald during forest fire and we rode on the last boat before all boat line closed. We saw helicopter pouring chemical to stop fire from boat. Eagle nests on trees. The lake is beautiful especially during sunset time.

Thank tanje1
Reviewed 27 November 2017

this is before you get up onto the pass and the very high peaks. in any other park it owuld get 5 stars! Our advice is to get to the park early before the crowds hit the pass then do a walk and then drive...More

3  Thank Chrissie M
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Philip M
7 September 2017|
Response from MaryEllenM27 | Reviewed this property |
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
7 August 2017|
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Response from Robert M | Reviewed this property |
Did not hear about those. Ask a Ranger.