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At ten miles long, over 1 mile wide and with a depth of 472 feet, Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park. High peaks surround the lake showing how powerful the glaciers were to carve out this valley that the lake rests in.
Lake McDonald is located in Flathead County west of the Continental Divide. The infamous Going-to-the-Sun Road follows the southern shoreline of the lake. The Apgar Visitor Center is found at the western section of the lake.
For those who love to fish, this lake is full of a variety of trout, such as rainbow, cutthroat and bull trout. In addition to fishing, this lake is a spectacular place to view all kinds of wildlife including moose, mule deer, grizzlies and black bears.
Lake McDonald Lodge. On the northern shore of Lake McDonald near the West Entrance.
Built in 1913 as a hunting lodge, Lake McDonald Lodge offers 100 rooms that are a combination of motel, lodge, and cabin accommodations. Nightly Park Ranger talks, cruises on the lake and fishing are some of the favorite activities available at the hotel. Food and beverage options include Russell's Fireside Dining Room, Jammer Joe's Grill and Pizzeria and Lucke's Lounge.
Lake McDonald Lodge. On the northern shore of Lake McDonald near the West entrance at 100 Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MT 59936. Reservations: 1-800-299-0396. GPS: 48.617279,-113.878934.
Red Bus Tours
The famous Red Buses takes you on an interpretive round-trip tour of Glacier National Park where you'll learn the history and heritage of the park while witnessing some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife. Tours depart from both the east and west sides of the park.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Insiders' Guide to Glacier National Park, 6th: Including the Flathead Valley & Waterton Lakes National Park by Michael McCoy. This book is the essential source for information to this outdoor paradise that offers diverse opportunities for fun and adventure. Written by a local, this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of Glacier and its surrounding environs. Order now...
Moon Glacier National Park, Third Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Becky Lomax. Read about the unique trip strategies for travelers with specific interests and restrictions, including a Wildlife-Watching tour and a whirlwind One Day in Glacier tour, biking the Going-to-the-Sun-Road and hikes from Lomax's insiders perspective. Order now...
Glacier National Park: Crown Jewel of the Continent by Will MacPheat. This book contains a collection of photographs of Glacier National Park featuring Lake McDonald, Avalanche Lake, Going to the Sun Highway, St. Mary's, Many Glacier and Two Medicine areas. Order now...
The Photographer's Guide to Glacier National Park: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them (The Photographer's Guide) by Gordon Sullivan. This experienced, world-class free-lance photographer shares his secrets and favorite little-known locales in this coffee table book that contains 96 color photographs of Glacier National Park. Order now...
Moon Montana, 9th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Judy Jewell and W.C. McRae. This guide has complete information about all of Big Sky Country, from Yellowstone National Park to the eastern prairies of the state, to help the traveler plan a memorable vacation. Order now...
Hidden Montana: Including Missoula, Helena, Bozeman, and Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks by John Gottberg. This guide contains detailed maps, web sites for listings, author picks plus walking and driving tours to explore Montana. Over 70 parks, towns, ski villages and wilderness areas are detailed in this book. Order now...
Scenic Routes & Byways Montana, 3rd Edition by S. A. Snyder. Explore scenic byways and backroads, trails, beautiful areas, ghost towns, hot springs and glaciers. This book provides itineraries, route maps, detailed descriptions of attractions plus many more tips and trips. Order now...
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