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Lake McDonald Lodge
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 What is worse, is that the concessionaire still has totally outdated information on the web.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 Do not believe outdated information on the web.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.
Holly R from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 21, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Really disappointed - heavy restrictions
We were so disappointed after REALLY looking forward to our stay here. So many nonsensical restrictions in place by the Natl Park Services... no fire in the lodge... locking the emergency door... no dining room (take out only- but no chairs in the room- its raining and you are encouraged not to use the lodge- so eat on your bed??!).... no boating.... park road- the sun road- closed at the best spot. The Native Americans they say are afraid of getting but theNative Americans also say they need tourism to survive... absolutely no logic. Just came from a lodge in Washington where fires were raging in the lodge. This was really disappointing for what could have been an amazing place. If you go find out if they have lifted restrictions!!
E3921TBjerryg from: Rockwall, Texas
Published Date: Feb, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
I cannot imagine a better place to stay than Lake McDonald Lodge. I have stayed in all the properties at Glacier. While all are wonderful, Lake McDonald Lodge takes you back to a simpler time. Nothing like sitting in front of the huge fireplace initially surrounded by folks you have never met before and by the end of the evening you exchanged stories (some even true about your confrontations with the grizzles and black bears or spotted a bald eagle or the hike to a glacier) and walked away knowing depth another traveler. Good people, good food, comfortable beds and in total, what a perfect atmosphere to take away from our busy lives.