Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

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#3 of 38 in Parks in Glacier National Park
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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  • During a visit to Glacier National Park my husband and I decided upon an impromptu evening of Kayak fishing on Lake McDonald. I cannot even describe the beauty of this place! The trout fishing was gre...  more »
  • My wife and I frequent the park allot and Lake McDonald is a place where we spend allot of time taking pictures. We must have a thousand pictures from this area and depending on time of day, weather a...  more »
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  • McDonald Lake was closed due to forest fires but we launched our kayaks from Apgar Village and went down McDonald Creek. This ride was both beautiful and FUN! It's an easy ride and we loved the twisting and turning of the river.
  • During a visit to Glacier National Park my husband and I decided upon an impromptu evening of Kayak fishing on Lake McDonald. I cannot even describe the beauty of this place! The trout fishing was great also! You are able to rent kayaks, etc and the rates weren't bad at all! I will add a few pictures because words just can't describe it.

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