Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

Boat Tours & Rentals

Boat Tours & Rentals

  1. GTSR Construction Project between Apgar and Sprague Creek, please plan extra time.

Lake McDonald

Experience tranquil views of Glacier National Park’s west side on this scenic hour-long boat tour. Climb aboard the historic vessel, DeSmet, the flagship vessel in our historic fleet. The DeSmet is one of four vessels in our fleet that holds a spot on the National Register for Historic Vessels! Built in 1930, she will take you along the emerald-hued Lake McDonald while enjoying the majestic view of the Continental Divide.

DeSMET Tour Boat on McDonald Lake

2023 Boat Tour Schedule


Tour Time 2023 Dates
11:00am May 17th to September 19th
1:30pm May 17th to September 19th
3:00pm May 17th to September 19th
5:30pm May 17th to September 19th
7:00pm May 17th to September 4th


2023 Tour Pricing

Glacier National Park has implemented a Vehicle Reservation System for the Going to the Sun Road corridor (GTSR), Many Glacier valley and Two Medicine valley. Reservations for boat tours or watercraft rentals at Lake McDonald, Many Glacier, Two Medicine, Rising Sun at St. Mary Lake, or Apgar include vehicle access on the day of your reservation to the reserved location only. Many Glacier and Two Medicine reservations do not provide access to the GTSR corridor as both of these locations do not require travel on the GTSR corridor for access. Please remember current Park entry fees still apply.

Effective May 26, 2023, through September 10, 2023, vehicle reservations are required to access the GTSR corridor for Lake McDonald or Apgar activities. Please utilize the West Entrance of the park prior to July 1, 2023, as access to these locations from the St. Mary Entrance of the GTSR corridor will not be available until July 1, 2023, or until the GTSR is fully open.

Effective July 1, 2023, through September 10, 2023, vehicle reservations are required to access the Many Glacier and Two Medicine valleys for activities, as well as the St. Mary Entrance of the GTSR for activities at Rising Sun on St. Mary Lake.

For more information on the vehicle reservation system at Glacier National Park, please visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm
Canoes and Kayaks

Watercraft Rental Information

Lake McDonald offers a variety of personal watercraft rentals. All rentals are on a first come first serve basis, reservations are not available. The minimum rental time is 1 hour. Life jackets, paddles, oars and fuel are provided at no additional charge.

Watercraft Rental

  • 2023
  • Paddleboards
  • $17.10
  • Per Hour
  • 2023
  • Double Kayak
  • $25.10
  • Per Hour
  • 2023
  • Rowboat
  • $25.10
  • Per Hour
  • 2023
  • Motorboats (8hp)
  • $31.95
  • Per Hour *

* All motorboat rentals are subject to Montana State Motorized Vehicle use tax of 4%.

Advanced reservations are coming soon for a limited number of watercraft, reservations will require a minimum of 2-hour rental and are available at 10:00am only. Rentals will be available on a first come first serve basis at the ticket office location.

Lake McDonald Ticket Office

2023 Ticket Office Hours

10:00 am to 8:00 pm      May 17th to September 4th
10:00 am to 6:30 pm       September 5th to September 19th

The Lake McDonald ticket office is located near the dock behind Lake McDonald Lodge. Customers may either walk through or around the Lodge and take the stairs or walking path to the lake shore. The ticket office is located at the end of the stairs. The nearest restroom facilities are located in Lake McDonald Lodge or there are pit toilets at the west end of the parking lot.

Ticket Booth at McDonald Lake

This service is operated by Glacier Park Boat Company, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Services and prices are approved by the National Park Service.

Please address comments to:
Superintendent
Glacier National Park
PO Box 128
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Contact Us Today
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Glacier Park Boat Company
282 Sunrise Creek Loop
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
406-257-2426
888-611-0747

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