Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald by Sarah E. Baur

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  • Boat TourBoat Tour
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Tranquil views of Glacier National Park’s west side await you on this scenic, hour long boat tour.

 

The majesty of the Continental Divide and the tranquility of the emerald-hued lake are a must-see as you cruise along Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park . Climb aboard the historic vessel, DeSmet, the flagship vessel in our wooden boat fleet from the shore below the Lake McDonald Lodge.

 

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Glacier Park Boat Company will be following current CDC Guidelines and Federal Transportation Guidelines.  Masks are required at all times for ages 2 years old & up while interacting with our staff, including aboard tour boats, acquiring rentals and while at the ticket office.  Masks will not be provided, please plan to bring your own mask with you.  Passengers will not be permitted on tour boats or at the ticket office without a face covering.

Reservations with Glacier Park Boat Company at either Lake McDonald or St. Mary Lake at Rising Sun will guarantee entry to the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor on the day of your scheduled tour.  While a reservation for entry will not be required, current Park entry fees still apply.  Please be prepared to show your confirmation letter at the Park entry gate. 

If you have a boat tour reservation at either Many Glacier or Two Medicine and would like to travel the Going-to-the-Sun corridor, a ticketed entry reservation will be required.  For more information on the ticketed entry system at Glacier National Park, please visit their website at  https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm

 

2021 Tour Schedule

 

Tour Time Dates
11:00 a.m. May 15 – Sept. 26
1:30 p.m. May 15 – Sept. 26
3:00 p.m. May 15 – Sept. 26
5:30 p.m. May 15 – Sept. 26
7:00 p.m. May 15 – Labor Day, Sept. 6

Tour Pricing

Adults $22.25
Children (Ages 4-12) $11.00
Children under 4 FREE
There are only two ways to get to the Lake McDonald Lodge, one via the west entrance and the other from Logan Pass and the east side.

If you’re coming from the west entrance via West Glacier, take the Going-to-the-Sun road up the east shoreline of Lake McDonald for about 10 miles. Then park at the Lake McDonald Lodge. Walk through the main lobby of the lodge and out the back then follow the steps or handicap walkway down to the boat dock and ticket office.

 

If you’re coming from the east side of Glacier National Park, follow the Going-to-the-Sun road down from Logan Pass and follow the signs and directions to the Lake McDonald Lodge to park. Walk through the main lobby of the lodge and out the back then follow the steps or handicap walkway down to the boat dock and ticket office.


Gallery

the DeSmet

the DeSmet on Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald Glacier National Park

the DeSmet on Lake McDonald. Photo by Ty Johnson.

Lake McDonald Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Tour

DeSmet on Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Boat Rentals

Lake McDonald Boat Rentals

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2LMD-Contest–Charlie-Spina

6LMD-Contest–Jack-Nevitt

DeSmet-on-LMD-Johnson


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