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“Paddlers paradise, but not for dog lovers”
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 7 July 2014

The road to Kintla is not for the faint of heart; 38 miles of single track dirt road. Once you get there the campground is very small, so be prepared for competition. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the mosquitoes there are MILLIONS of them. All that said, it is paddlers paradise. The lake is crystal clear even if it is ice cold.

However, dogs are NOT welcome. Apparently "backcountry" starts at the waters edge which means they can't even wade into the water on a leash. So if you are planning on going and you enjoy the park system with your dog, scratch this campground off your list.

10  Thank ThereBeBears
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This 20 plus dirve is a challenge. The road is often one lane of very uneven gravel and dirt. The scenery on the way is breathtaking. saw lots of wildlife and a wide variety of terrain on the way. the lake itself is very isolated and the campground there very primitive and small. Worth the trip if you have the extra time.

3  Thank PWSl1950
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

While Kitla Lake is pretty far out into the back country of Glacier National Park, it is well worth the effort. You really feel like you are out in the wild there. It is a pretty rough road, but we made it just fine in a normal rental car. We went to Kintla on Labor Day, so it was very nice to get away from all the crowds in the rest of Glacier NP. We only saw a few other people all day out at Kintla. If you want to get away from the crowds in Glacier and have a nice peaceful day, this is the place to go!

4  Thank Sandyk0209
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Kintla Lake is a drive into the back country. The camping around the lake is very crowded during the season. Expect to be right on top of the next tent. There is boating on the lake, canoe and kayaking. Be aware that if there is a strong wind on the lake it is hard to get back to the campground. The scenery is beautiful. The area is crowded with campers in June and July...there is hiking trail to the far campsite, be sure to take Bear Spray, this is the back woods.

1  Thank Traveldiive
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Reviewed 24 August 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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