Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park was built in 1913

Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park was built in 1913

Lake McDonald Lodge Complex, Glacier National Park, Montana

The Lake McDonald Lodge complex is a ‘must see’ in Glacier National Park, Montana.  Old, historic and full of character, we stopped to stroll through the hotel, have lunch and walk to the edge of the lake.

The site of this beautiful complex was established in 1895 as a homestead before the park was founded.  John Lewis built log cabins there in 1910, then the current structure was built in 1913, opening as the Lewis Glacier Hotel.

In 1930, the Glacier Park Hotel Company purchased the property, transferred the land to Glacier National Park, and operations were taken over by the Great Northern Railway Company.  The name was officially changed to Lake McDonald Lodge in 1957.

Interior of the McDonald Lodge retains its circa 1913 hunting lodge character

Interior of the McDonald Lodge retains its circa 1913 hunting lodge character

McDonald Lodge interior as viewed from second floor

McDonald Lodge interior as viewed from second floor

In 1978, The Lodge was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and in 1987, it was recognized as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  The U.S. National Park Service undertook a partial rehabilitation of the structure in 1989, retaining its original hunting lodge character.

One of The Lodge's original log structure outbuildings

One of The Lodge’s original log structure outbuildings

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