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Lake McDonald

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Address: Glacier National Park, MT

Large recreational lake in Glacier National Park.

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I love Lake McDonald. During the early AM hours, the water is still and reflects many of the surrounding summits. During the PM it is actually a wonderful swimming lake. Weather... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Goodland, Kansas
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Goodland, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love Lake McDonald. During the early AM hours, the water is still and reflects many of the surrounding summits. During the PM it is actually a wonderful swimming lake. Weather is also much calmer than St. Mary's lake. Explore and Enjoy...

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my counsins went here for a roadtrip at Glacier National Park, my first time to be in a national park and im so in love ❤️ with this place . If we were early we could have spend more time enjoying the beauty of mother nature. Would love to come back here

Thank JeamesH914
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the boat tour around Lake McDonald. It was pretty interesting. It was a great activity for my uncle and dad since we didn't do any hiking. The lake is so pretty with clear water. It wasn't a long boat ride either which was great. I wanted something different to do than just look at it from land. And... More 

1 Thank angelina t
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

What a beautiful place! Start with the lodge and just explore the area. There is so much to see here. They have cabins to rent as well as rooms in the lodge, but the lake steals the show! The general store will have any supplies you forgot (including libations) and then hit the water! We took the kayaks out and... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Glacier National Park is a beauty. It's most beautiful lake is Lake McDonald, which offers crystal clear cold waters with colorful stones in it. I visited in the spring when there was still snow runoff so it was ice cold but gorgeous.

Thank adamreebel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

If you are in the park take the boat cruise on Lake McDonald. The lodge is beautiful as is the lake. The man who narrates during the boat ride is a little wordy but he has some very interesting information. I don't recommend eating at the loge, however. There are better places to eat outside the park. It's ok, just... More 

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Grove, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Bring your camera. This is absolutely gorgeous scenery & you'll want to have your picture taken with this lovely background!

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Sicklerville, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

My wife had a vision of getting a picture with a reflection of mountains, trees, etc in the water. Lake McDonald gave us what we were looking for - crystal clear (and cold) water and calm, glass-like reflections. Yep, I also skipped more than a few stones.

2 Thank NJTH
Athens, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Fabulous time on lake McDonald. The lodge was fantastic. We will absolutely return and are very much looking forward to it.

1 Thank Elizabeth W
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Of the half dozen times I have had the blessed opportunity to set foot in Glacier National Park, I have never done a boat tour on the main lakes. Until this last visit!! So glad iI did, the serenity and beauty of this lake is breathtaking! Our guide was very knowledge and interesting. Only regret is that it didn't last... More 

1 Thank Pauline287

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