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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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  • My wife had a vision of getting a picture with a reflection of mountains, trees, etc in the water. Lake McDonald gave us what we were looking for - crystal clear (and cold) water and calm, glass-like ...  more »
  • Fabulous time on lake McDonald. The lodge was fantastic. We will absolutely return and are very much looking forward to it. 
  • Of the half dozen times I have had the blessed opportunity to set foot in Glacier National Park, I have never done a boat tour on the main lakes. Until this last visit!! So glad iI did, the serenity a...  more »