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West Glacier, Montana

Lake McDonald Backcountry SUP Camping

Originally added by Noah Couser

Enjoy scenic stand up paddle boarding and backcountry camping in Glacier National Park.

Paddle across gorgeous Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park to a secluded rocky beach for the day, or stay the night at the backcountry camp site just 20 steps from the water. Leave the car just one mile down from Sprague Creek Campground at the pull-off, and SUP, kayak, or canoe across the lake to the tiny peninsula on the Northwest shoreline.

Reservations for the backcountry campsite can be made at the permit office in Apgar Village, or check availability online: nps.gov

The backcountry site has a fire ring, tent sites, and a pit toilet. This is a perfect place to sleep out under the stars if weather permits. Don't forget to hang all food products at the provided hanging pole to keep out of reach of critters both small and large.

Head out early in the day to avoid choppy water, the earlier the better.

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Tags

Stand Up Paddle
Camping
Fishing
Backpacking
Bathrooms
Beach
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Such a rad trip!

Paddling across the lake will make you feel like a sucker for all the times you made this trip hiking 6 flat dusty miles to the backcountry campsite. Paddle your gear to the camp spot and enjoy the scenery and the only burn in your shoulders from the sunshine on your back and not the pack straps of your overloaded pack!

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