Paddle McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park
Montana › Apgar Loop, West Glacier, MT 59936, USA
Added by Noah Couser
This paddle offers lots of great rock bars and banks to stop and fish, sunbathe, or just sit and take in the beauty.
Begin your trip by dropping your car (or bike) at Quarter Circle Bridge just inside Glacier Park. After dropping your shuttle vehicle, park in the Apgar Campground parking lot and walk your water craft to the shore of Lake McDonald. Paddling North, you will quickly find the outlet of scenic Lake McDonald. Don't exit the lake without snapping a few photos.
After leaving the lake, the creek is wide and mostly flat, and few small ripples can dump and unsuspecting paddler, but it's really pretty mild. The duration of the float depends on water level, but usually takes between 1-2 hours.
Your take out will be the Quarter Circle Bridge where the creek runs into the Middle Fork of the Flathead River (trip can be extended by 2 hours all the way to Blankenship Bridge if desired).
- Water vessel: paddle board, kayak, canoe
- Personal Flotation Device (required on board)
- Dry bag
- Plenty of food and snacks
- Water filter
- Camping gear if staying over night
- Fishing pole (fishing in National Park is free)
- Bear spray (frequently see bears along the river)
Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle
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Added by Noah Couser
I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.Follow
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