Nestled in the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana, Lake McDonald is a natural wonder that captivates the senses with its breathtaking beauty.  Moreover, its crystal-clear turquoise waters reflect the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll find that this iconic lake has become a popular destination for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and serenity seekers alike. Here, we’ll dive into the enchanting world of Lake McDonald and discover why it is a must-visit destination.

1. Natural Marvels:

Sunset at Lake McDonald, Glacier Park Montana - Glacier NP

Sunset at Lake McDonald, Glacier Park Montana – West Glacier MT

Stretching over 10 miles in length and nearly 500 feet deep, Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Carved by massive glaciers during the last Ice Age, its pristine waters originate from the surrounding snow-capped peaks, creating a stunningly picturesque backdrop. Also, the lake is also surrounded by dense forests of cedar, pine, and hemlock, adding to its natural splendor.

2. Recreational Activities:
Lake McDonald offers a plethora of recreational activities that cater to all kinds of adventure seekers. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the shore, there is something for everyone. The lake is home to various species of fish, including native west slope cutthroat trout, making it a paradise for anglers. Additionally, the park offers hiking trails that lead to mesmerizing viewpoints, such as the Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake.

3. Historic Lodges:
A historic landmark, the Lake McDonald Lodge is a popular attraction on the lake’s shores. Built in 1913, the lodge showcases a rustic charm that takes visitors back in time. Its Swiss chalet-style architecture, combined with breathtaking lake views, stroll inside for a walk back in time.

4. Wildlife Encounters:
Glacier National Park is renowned for its diverse range of wildlife, and Lake McDonald is no exception. Keep your

Glacier National Park - black bear with cubs. Stay at Glacier Bear Condo, a short drive away from Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park – bear with cubs – West Glacier MT

eyes peeled for frequent sightings of bald eagles, osprey, and other birds soaring above the lake’s surface. Wolves, bears, mountain goats, and elk also call the park home. So, it’s not uncommon to spot them during your visit. Remember to maintain a safe distance and respect their natural habitat.

5. Sunset Magic:
One of the most enchanting experiences at Lake McDonald is witnessing the vivid colors of a sunset reflected in the still waters of the lake. And, as the sun dips below the horizon, hues of orange, pink, and purple paint the sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. So, make sure to grab a camera and capture this magical moment that will leave a lasting impression.

Lake McDonald is a hidden gem that offers a magical combination of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and tranquility. Whether you are seeking a true adventure or simply yearning for a peaceful escape into the wonders of Mother Nature, this idyllic lake will touch your imagination. So, plan your visit to Lake McDonald, and prepare to be in awe of its incredible vistas and peaceful ambiance.

Certainly, you don’t forget to visit our Glacier National Park’s page with direct links to the National Park site of recommendations, events and any closures.

**An important note: we take cleanliness very seriously. We use professional cleaners in between each guests departure and arrival. And, we provide our guests with the direct phone number to our local property manager to ensure confidence, comfort and cleanliness at both of our locations.

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West Glacier Bear Cabin is Open During the Winter!


Visit our sister location, West Glacier Bear Cabin, inside Glacier National Park.  Oh, we’ve got you Glacier Bear Cabin is a cozy rustic 2 bedroom 1 bathroom cabin located in Apgar Village, around the corner from Lake McDonald. We are the perfect lodging to stay inside Glacier National Park. 3 On-site Kayaks, 2 Stand-Up Paddleboard, 2 E-bikes and 2 Mountain Bikes are on-site and included in your stay for guest use anytimecovered with our cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin when you want to stay close to the GNP action. And, it’s in a perfect location at Apgar Village, just around the corner from Lake McDonald.  And, you’ll love having on-site kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, mountain and e-bikes for our cabin guests to use anytime during their stay at the cabin.  Of course, you can choose one location or both! **Discounts are available if you want to stay at both properties**  



West Glacier Bear Cabin INSIDE Glacier National Park is now open DURING THE WINTER!! 

West Glacier Bear Cabin and Glacier Bear Condo Welcome you to Whitefish Mountain or Glacier National Park with two hotel properties to choose from for your vacation any time of the year


*Formerly known as a Snowbear Chalet, we are now Glacier Bear Condo, Chalet #2