Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

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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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  • Beautiful Lake and be sure to stop by the lodge for some interesting architecture. One of many beautiful stops in Glacier National Park.  more »
  • Lake McDonald is on the west end of Going to the Sun Road, which follows the south shore of the lake for about 9 miles. There are places to pull over and view the lake, or one can stop at Lake McDonal...  more »
  • This gorgeous lake is the largest in Glacier NP and you can't really miss it if you enter through the West Glacier entrance of the park. Make some time to go kayaking and get out on the lake!  more »
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  • Beautiful, amazing place. Cannot wait to return.
  • Wow. For seemingly such a popular destination...extremely quiet and very relaxing place. Clean, KEEP IT THAT WAY, and much to do. Excellent campgrounds. Won't ever forget it. Hope to be back.
  • Gorgeous lake, and so much to do on it. I was actually surprised by how warm the water was as well.
  • Very nice quiet serene lake. Remember to get a kayak or a paddle board. Definitely worth visiting. Great outlooks and natural beauty.
  • Beautiful any season
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