Located at the northern end of Lake McDonald, Lake McDonald Lodge is an excellent jumping off point for adventures in the Park.
Whether you are here to eat, hike, boat, or ride bikes, there are plenty of options out of Lake McDonald Lodge.
Fish Lake: Fish Lake is an excellent choice if you only have a couple hours. It is just under 6 miles out and back with approximately 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Starting from the Sperry Trailhead just across the street from the Lake McDonald Lodge Road entrance, this trail goes uphill until you get to a bridge that crosses a beautiful creek. From there it is relatively flat to the Lake.
Johns Lake Loop: Johns Lake Trailhead is located 1.3 miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge. From there, the loop is relatively flat with about 230 feet of elevation gain and only 2 miles.
Mt. Brown Lookout: This is an expert only trail! Round trip of 10.2 miles with 4,380 feet of elevation gain, you're going to need some Advil after this one!
Snyder Lake: Snyder Lake trail starts at the Sperry Lake Trailhead located right across the street from the entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge. It is 8.6 miles round trip with about 2,300 feet of elevation gain.
Sperry Chalet: The iconic Sperry Chalet hike is about 12.6 miles round trip with about 3,600 feet of elevation gain. The Sperry Trailhead is located across the street from the entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge.
Shopping and Eating:
There are numerous eating options in the Lake McDonald Lodge area. For upscale dining, enjoy the views from the Lake McDonald Lodge Restaurant. For a little more relaxed atmosphere, visit the lounge just outside the restaurant. For casual dining, visit the cafeteria located across the parking lot. There is a gift shop in the Lodge as well as general provisions at the store at the north edge of the loop.
PUBLIC TRANSIT INSIDE THE PARK
A free hop on, hop off shuttle system provides two-way service along Going-to-the-Sun Road between Apgar Visitor Center and St. Mary Visitor Center. The system offers visitors an alternative to driving inside the park, by using public transit.
Shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes but by the time the shuttle arrives at the Loop, for example, it may be only able to board one or two additional passengers.
Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass. Shuttles approximately every 15 to 30 minutes. Express service to Logan Pass begins at 7:00 am. Full service to all stops begins at 9:00 am Last shuttles leave Logan Pass at 7:00 pm Transfers may be required at Avalanche Creek.
Trips are unscheduled. We try and stick to an AM shuttle and a PM shuttle, and must be pre-arranged. Once arranged, we can then promote the day and time and try to get additional riders to push your pricing down. For example, you may book as a solo rider, but we then fill up your trip. You will only be charged based on how many riders we have. Pricing is round trip with an approximate 3 hour stay in the Park. If we can't get additional riders, you can either cancel, or pay solo fare and still go.
Round Trip, Half-Day
2-3: $129 pp
4-14: $82 pp
Help fill your shuttle by calling in advance to arrange your preferred date and time. Once booked, Whitefish Shuttle will promote trips to get additional riders to help lower your cost. If we can't get additional riders, you can either cancel, or pay solo fare and still go.
CALL US AT 406.212.0080. Depending on availability, we can do a one way shuttle. If we can get you on a pre-arranged AM or PM shuttle, the cost is the same as the round trip fare. If you are requesting an early morning or late afternoon shuttle, please contact us to get your trip arranged so we can promote. Once arranged, we can then promote the day and time and try to get additional riders to push your pricing down. For example, you may book as a solo rider, but we then fill up your trip. You will only be charged based on how many riders we have.
Help fill your shuttle by calling in advance to arrange your preferred date and time. Once booked, Whitefish Shuttle will promote trips to get additional riders to help lower your cost. If we can't get additional riders, either party may cancel, or pay solo fare and still go.
We do not service the east side of the park.
Contact us to schedule your visit to Lake McDonald Lodge!
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*Park entrance fees and gratuities are not included. *Fuel surcharges & credit card surcharge may apply and be added at checkout.
PLEASE BE ADVISED - WE DO NOT OFFER REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES IF TRIP IS CANCELLED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF SCHEDULED DATE. $25 per person/ per activity/ shuttle cancellation fee if cancelled prior to 7 days of event, unless otherwise stated in invoice. Payment due in full at time of booking. In the event of cancellation within 7 days of the scheduled trip due to weather, snow conditions, unstable or unsafe conditions, acts of God, or mechanical failure, Whitefish Tours & Shuttle will provide a voucher good for use within the following two seasons! Whitefish Tours & Shuttle reserves the right to use third party vendors/ independent contractors for transportation & activities. We go rain, snow, or shine!