In Glacier National Park, the ultra-clear water of Lake McDonald reveals colorful rocks. Their flat shapes lure anyone on shore into rock-skipping. But by winter, snow rims the lake that rarely freezes.
The lake plunges deep. No wonder. An ancient glacier carved out the lake bed leaving long moraines covered in forests on both sides.
At 10 miles long, the lake is Glacier’s biggest body of water. It flanks the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Lodges, motels, cabins and campgrounds tuck along the lakeshore, concentrating around Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge. Fish Creek, Apgar and Sprague Creek Campgrounds offer places to put up a
tent or park the RV.
While you can go to Lake McDonald year round, summer attracts the most visitors. Visitor services are only open late May through mid-September.
In summer, the lake attracts paddlers and anglers for its pristine water and scenery. Swimmers who can handle the chill cool off on hot days. Lake McDonald Lodge has boat tours, while the lodge and Apgar have boat rentals.