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Lake McDonald Lodge
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 14, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Friendly staff & perfect location
After backpacking on the west side of Glaicer, my wife and I stayed in cabin #11 for a night. We arrived several hours before check-in but they still had our cabin ready which was the best thing in the world after several nights backpacking. The room is VERY small, but the location is perfect. You can walk right down to the lake from the room. The staff around the lodge has to be some of the friendliest anywhere, it seemed that EVERYONE smiled and said hello, even housekeeping staff just walking by on the sidewalk. The restaurant at the lodge had limited carry-out food options due to COVID, but was still good. Would definitely stay here again as the location is unbeatable - right by the lake, near hiking trails, and along the going-to-the-sun road.
dot15409 from: Jackson, Wyoming
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 13, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
We stayed in cabin 14 for 1 night. Our cabin was actually split - three separate rooms, but that was no problem except whenever someone showered in another room, which seemed to make our shower drip for just a few seconds... But no big deal!
Room was really spacious and clean. We had a picnic table just out front where we enjoyed dinner and watched a deer also enjoy his dinner!
The lodge is currently taking covid precautions (thank you!), so I felt lucky to get to take a peak in the main lodge for check-in and check-out since only guests can currently go in the lodge at all.
Not the lodges fault - just FYI that mosquitos are fierce this year so pack your strongest bug repellent!!
U7620IImichaelm from: Greeley, Colorado
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 9, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Fantastic property. Breathtaking location. Great access to the park and it’s many trails. We stayed in the main building and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was available for take out meals , as the restaurant was closed for dine in. Food was delicious. Highly recommended.
ARSNY from: New York City, New York
Published Date: Jul, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
July 2020 - COVID 19 - Nice Location
We had a King deluxe Cabin (1B). This is the cabin right next to the lodge. Close to the water but to appreciate the view - you have to step out and walk a few steps. No room service. Food options are VERY VERY limited. Russell's on the run has burgers and sandwiches and that too only until 8p. Location cant be beat for early morning hikes to Avalanche lake
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3
RoseyL from: Kalispell, Montana
Published Date: Jul, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
URGENT INFORMATION - SUMMER 2020
URGENT – SUMMER 2020 information.
We just visited Glacier National Park. It was a sweet trip, but a lot of the park is closed. What is worse, is that the concessionaire still has totally outdated information on the web.
EVERYTHING EAST OF AVALANCHE CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED, as of July 4, 2020. Towards the end of the summer, they may reopen the Going-to-the-Sun Road, but they will NOT reopen any of the lodges or facilities east of Lake MacDonald.
There is plenty of really bad food (hamburgers and taco stands) in West Glacier and Apgar Village. But Lake MacDonald Lodge is operating only ONE food establishment. Do not believe outdated information on the web. The whole Lodge building is closed to you if you are not a registered guest. Guests and non-guests can line up at an outside window in the back and order from a limited menu, but with a few decent things in there. Please see my two photos of the menu. There are no espresso drinks, in case you wondered.
The Lodge takeout opens at 7 am. But by 8:30 am, you may be prevented from driving up there, since the Park Service may already be blocking off the road to get to the Lodge (and all points east of Apgar Village) due to full-up parking.
What is absolutely the most crazy thing is that at the very large Lake MacDonald Lodge complex they have closed off all the toilets to the public except for one outhouse which has only one stall for men and one for women. No portable toilets either. Personally, I think this is discrimination against women, since the men can at least relieve themselves in the bushed, but the ladies less so.
As a side note, this does not have to be this way. We also visited the Olympic National Park, where a different management is way more sensible. Over there, the lodges are open for everyone to enter. The menus are limited, but you can eat inside or outside, with (relatively) plenty of seating. None of the bathrooms are closed off, unlike at Glacier. So the unfortunate setup at Glacier is not due to national policy but due to a Superintendent who has a guaranteed salary and does not think much of your comfort. What is evidently a national policy is that all visitor centers are closed off, but most have a ranger standing outside at a table.