Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

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#3 of 124 in Nature in Montana
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park. It is located at in Flathead County in the U.S. state of Montana. Lake McDonald is approximately 10 miles (16 km) long, and over a mile (1.6 km) wide and 472 feet (130 m) deep, filling a valley formed by a combination of erosion and glacial activity. Lake McDonald lies at an elevation of 3,153 feet (960 m) and is on the west side of the Continental Divide. The Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its southern shoreline. The surface area of the lake is 6,823 acres (27.6 km2).
The lake is home to numerous native species of trout, and other game fish. Catchable species include, but are not limited to - westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, bull trout (char), lake trout (char), Lake Superior whitefish, mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon (landlocked sockeye), and suckers. However, the lake is nutrient-poor and is not considered a prime fishing destination. Grizzly bears, black bear, moose, and mule deer are found in many places near the lake but are most common on the north shore. The lake is surrounded by a dense coniferous forest dominated by various species of spruce, fir, and larch.
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  • We stopped for lunch at the lodge. After dining we planned to take the boat excursion but it had already sold out. Having some time then, we proceeded to just wander around the lake area and relax...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful!! Drive around it in the morning but don't miss it in the evening!! The sunset is absolutely breathtaking and the water when we went was like glass!! The rocks are legitimately...  more »
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  • Beautiful clear water, awesome views. Nice place to stop for a picnic on your way through the park.
  • beautiful lake to visit. paddle, hike, cycle, horse rides. it has it all. good base for exploring glacier, or to stop by for a few activities.
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