Standard (Tent/RV)
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
About Mcdonald Lake
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Pets
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
Location
Mcdonald Lake is located in Glacier National Park in Montana
Latitude
48.5943 N
Longitude
-113.926 W
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5 Reviews of Mcdonald Lake
True Seclusion

We did the back side of Lake McDonald last summer. It's about 5 miles to hike to this site over pretty easy terrain. A few spots were tricky over washouts and fallen trees, but overall very doable. We had two people in our party who had surgery recently (back and feet) and they managed. This was our first ever backwoods camping and we were a little nervous, but it was incredible. It rained a lot on us the five days prior and on the hike in, so when we got to camp and it cleared off, we were treated to a double rainbow over the east side of the lake. We made camp, and the closest people we knew of were over a mile away across the lake. A great experience. I would go back to Glacier just to do this hike.

Beautiful spot

Absolutely beautiful lake to camp near. Lots of sites but plenty of space between sites. First come first serve so easy to get sites even in the height of the season if you arrive early in the day. Many sites are large enough to accommodate RVs but not many are level.

Easily Accessible Camping in Glacier

Lake Mcdonald is absolutely gorgeous! Camping along its edges is something you don't want to pass up. This campsite is also super close to all amenities. From June-September this campsite will be super busy. But if you go in the offseason it is wonderful. Just come prepared for winter camping (even in May).

My husband and I often camp there in April, and we will be the only ones there. We take our snowshoes to go exploring the higher elevations.

Unprecedentedly Beautiful

Not your ordinary campground. Still serene as it should be with the comfort of a bathroom loo and

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McDonald Sites

One of the best camping all day Sites you can find but it’s limited! Theres only about 5 spots on the lake and it’s in Tribal area so if you hike or backpack in there you need to be permitted. You can drive your car right up to the lake and either car or tent camp! Paddle boarding is pretty common at this lake especially when it’s hot out. The drive from Missoula takes about 20-30 minutes and well worth it.