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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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  • The Lake McDonalds is not only very beautiful situated with the surrounding mountains, but offers also all sorts of activities. Unfortunately there are not very many places
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  • What a beautiful place! Start with the lodge and just explore the area. There is so much to see here. They have cabins to rent as well as rooms in the lodge, but the lake steals the show! The general ...  more »
  • Glacier National Park is a beauty. It's most beautiful lake is Lake McDonald, which offers crystal clear cold waters with colorful stones in it. I visited in the spring when there was still snow runof...  more »