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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  • We had quite a few days in GNP and deliberately took a day to explore Bowman and Kintla Lakes. We are very glad we did. While we were hoping for a break from the smoke from the fires, we actually ende...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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