Lake Mcdonald Lodge

Going-to-the-Sun Road, , Montana, 59434, United States
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camping at Glacier National Park

by richiecdisc about various Glacier National Park Campgrounds

Glacier National Park has many fine campground spread over its considerable area. Organized car campgrounds are mostly clustered on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. With the great size of the park, it makes most sense to move from one area to the next rather than backtrack but if you remain in one spot, at least the road you are backtracking on is amazingly scenic! Campgrounds vary in amenities and also when they are open so please check the park's helpful website to pick the one that best suits your needs. West of Logan Pass has Apgar, Fish Creek, Sprague Creek, Lake McDonald, and Avalanche Creek. I have not stayed on that side of Logan Pass so cannot comment on them.

The east side of the Divide has Rising Sun and St. Mary on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. On that side of the park but in separate sections of the park, there is Many Glacier and Two Medicine. Most campgrounds in the park are first-come, first-served but you can reserve for St. Mary and Fish Creek.

In 1994, I camped at Rising Sun and it was a wonderful spot but on our most recent trip in 2008, we picked Many Glacier for a variety of reasons. Though remote from much of the park, it is close to some of the finest day hikes in the park. More importantly, it was close to a backcountry ranger station, making it easy for me to get up early and walk to get permits while D slept in. This is grizzly territory and proper food storage is required. Rangers make the rounds to make sure you are not leaving any food out when not in use. They have food storage lockers for those camping without a hard-sided vehicle but unlike Yosemite, you do not have to use them if you do have a hard-sided one. This is a lot easier logistically when you are moving around.

It was $20 per night to camp in the summer of 2008 and pretty good value.

This was the view of lake...

by JudyinPA

This was the view of lake McDonald from our cabin. We watched after dark as the fishermen continued to try to catch their limit. They used lanterns which gave away their location to us.

Visit Waterton Glacier...

by Tumbleweed2

Visit Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Spectacular mountain scenary, many encounters with wildlife, including bear, mountain goat, mountain sheep, deer and elk. Also visit the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the Museum of the Plains Indians at Browning, Montana. Enjoy the Going To The Sun Hiway, and beautiful Lake McDonald.

You must see Glacier National...

by inthegarden

You must see Glacier National Park by hiking the most beautiful trails I've ever hiked. My favorite hiking path was Red Eagle Lake. Be careful because grizzly bears frequent this area. The picture on my home page was taken by Red Eagle Lake. I've been to this park 3 times and will go back as many more times as I possibly can. The mountains, the lakes and the animals are all favories. This picture was taken by Lake McDonald.

Short hike, small lake, high mountains.

by dabidc

The hike starts off about 4 miles north of the north end of Lake McDonald on the road from the West Glacier entrance to Glacier N .P., as you drive

Parking is on the right side of the road. towards the Going to the Sun Highway.

The hike is no more than 3 miles in to the Lake. It is a quiet area and you are beside the creek most of the way.


The view up Lake McDonald toward the mountainsThe view up Lake McDonald toward the mountains

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Budget accommodation

by Louismarelise

My husband and I plan to tour the Glacier Nat. Park this September. This time though, his parents will be joining us. Now...the two of us like to camp, so we normally won't have an accommodation or finance problem! His parents unluckily won't be able to camp and we need to find accommodation that is neat and very crucial to us, inexpensive. If you have any advice as to where we can look for cheap accommodation, please let us know. Thanks.

Re: Budget accommodation

by Lacristina

HI Louis!

don't know if this meets your budget requirements, but i've stayed at the small cottages next to Lake McDonald Lodge, and thought they were fine (though this was several years ago now.) They can sleep four and cost $96 per night. You can check out other accomodations in the park, but most are more expensive, though there are some cabins without bathrooms which are less expensive.

Here's the website.


Re: Budget accommodation

by spartan


Another option would be to go into Alberta, Canada and stay at the Historic Kilmorey Lodge. It's located in Waterton National Park (which is attached to Glacier National Park). I've got comments and pictures on my Waterton page, and you can also go to the website ( for additional information.



Re: Re: Budget accommodation

by Louismarelise

Thanks, Christina,

Probably too expensive for now.

Regards, Marelise

Re: Re: Budget accommodation

by Louismarelise

Thanks, but his parents would then need Canadian passports, which is not worth the hassle and money just for a place to sleep.


Re: Re: Budget accommodation

by spartan


The passport is the best option, but it's not the only option. If they are U.S. citizens then all they would need is proof of citizenship (e.g., drivers license, birth certificate with raised stamp).


Re: Budget accommodation

by seakayaker

You might consider Kalispell, not to far and yet much more reasonable. After Labor Day there are usually weekly rentals on Whitefish lake that might offer you something nice and affordable. I'd also look at the Polson area, a little farther to drive, but not that bad, September would also be a good month for off season rates at The Mountain-Great views, no snow for skiing (yet) Don't know how close you want to be to the park.............

Re: Re: Budget accommodation

by Louismarelise



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Address: Going-to-the-Sun Road, , Montana, 59434, United States