Kayak Lake McDonald


Added by Allie Rippe

Kayak Glacier National Park's most famous lake. Get off at a small island and eat lunch. Perfect way to spend a beautiful day in the park!

Rent kayaks at the shore of Lake McDonald and take them out for the day. Make sure to start early to get a full day in and leave yourself enough time to stop for lunch. There are multiple places to pull off and bring your kayaks onto the shore and do some small hikes. The views are spectacular from every angle.

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Stand Up Paddle
Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area



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8 months ago

Just inside the park boundary

Great spot not too deep in the park. I'd commit to a whole day (at a minimum early morning to noon) to really see everything. The perspective from the water on a calm day is incredible.

One of my favorite places

Kayaking this lake is one of my favorite trips I have ever taken. Rent from Glacier Outfitters in Apgar Village, paddle Northwest past fish creek campground and dock by the rocky point trail just inside the cove. The water is a beautiful blue green, great for a swim!


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over 4 years ago

Large, Serene Lake

Lake McDonald is a cold lake, but on a hot day, don't let the rumors stop you from jumping in!

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