Fodor's Expert Review Lake McDonald Lodge

Lake McDonald, Going-to-the-Sun Rd., Glacier National Park, Montana, USA Fodor's Choice

On the shores of Lake McDonald, near Apgar and West Glacier, this historic lodge—where public spaces feature massive timbers, stone fireplaces, and animal trophies—is an ideal base for exploring the park's western side. Scenic cruises depart from docks behind the lodge, or you can rent a boat and tour the lake on your own. Lodge rooms are on the second and third floors (there is no elevator); cabins sleep up to four but don't have kitchens; and there are also motel-style rooms separate from the lodge, four deluxe suites, and eight inexpensive hostel-style rooms with shared bathrooms. Some suites have TVs, but other accommodations do not. Very limited Wi-Fi is available for overnight guests in the front desk and lobby area. Four rooms are wheelchair-accessible.


  • lakeside setting
  • historic property
  • close to Apgar, West Glacier, and Going-to-the-Sun Road


  • rustic
  • no TV (except in suites) and limited Wi-Fi
  • small bathrooms




Phones: 855-733–4522 | 406-888–5431


80 units
Rate Includes: No Meals, Closed mid-Sept.--mid-May

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