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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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  • We started by driving past the lodge and over to the general store. A very quaint place with nice, helpful folks that has just about everything you could want. They even have a surprising large select...  more »
  • Most likely your first real taste of Glacier will be gazing in awe from the toe of Lake McDonald near Apgar Village. You will be looking across the lake and way up into the mountains beyond. The water...  more »
  • Lake McDonald gets a top rating, but for the Rocky Point Trail itself I would give a 3.5 rating. Rocky Point trail is an easy, short trail on the west shore of Lake McDonald - not far from the Fish Cr...  more »