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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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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  • We did the boat tour on Lake McDonald Lake and we enjoyed it. The Park Ranger was very informative on the history of the park. The views are amazing and it's good for all ages. 
  • We ended and started our day near Lake McDonald. Both provided beautiful views of the sun on the water. On the Going-to-the-Sun Road there are plenty of pullouts to stop and see the lake from differen...  read more »
  • Runs alongside the GTS Road for several miles at the west end - lots of places to stop and great views guaranteed wherever you do. Same goes as you leave the lake and climb upwards with the feed river...  read more »
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