Kintla Lake, Glacier National Park

Kintla Lake is a lake in the northwestern portion of Glacier National Park in Montana. The lake is located in a rather remote portion of the park, close to the Canada–United States border. The lake is a 40mi drive from the west entrance along bumpy dirt roads, but the scenery on the way is spectacular. At, Kintla Lake is only slightly smaller than Bowman Lake, and is the fourth largest lake in the park.Kintla originates from the Kutenai word for "sack". Kutenai legend states that a man had apparently drowned in one of the lakes which likened the lake to a sack where "once you got in, you couldn't get out".Canoeing and kayaking are ideal on the lake, as no motorized watercraft are allowed. There is a quiet campground on the lake, and it is rarely filled because of its remote location. Fishing is also popular on the lake, because of the trout found in it. There are also options for day hikes and extended hikes into the backcountry in the area.
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  • September 27, 2017
    Visited here during recent wildfires and the lake was shrouded in smoke. Suggest visiting earlier in the season when the fire risk is lower. No food or drink available so bring your own. Also, it's a ...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    One of the hidden secrets of Glacier Park. Out to the way and secluded but beautiful. This are has different personalities depending on the season.  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    The road is farther than the road to Bowman but it took us the same amount of time because of the conditions of this road are better. Yes it's gravel but not as rough. You go thru "Prairies" and the v...  more »

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Where to stay in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park offers a wealth of accommodation options right inside the park. You can stake a tent in one of the campgrounds or choose from a handful of rustic lodges and chalets. Rooms fill up quickly at these, so make reservations as far in advance as possible (up to a year ahead). A few inns, motels, and lodges sit around the St. Mary's Lakes by the park's northeast boundary, but staying in Whitefish on the western side is a better choice if you prefer to be in a Montana mountain town. Here you'll find homey inns and lodges, economy motels, and a wide range of restaurants. You'll find additional inns and motels as you drive east along Route 2 toward the park's entrance.
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