I felt the excitement and anticipation building as we head back to Glacier Park. My experiences on the East side of Glacier taught me to arrive at the Park entrance early in the morning so we can locate a campsite before exploring for the day. I was pleased to see a sign at the gate declaring which campgrounds had vacancies. My first campground choice (Sprague Creek) showed that it was full so we headed up to Avalanche Creek Campground to set up our base camp for the West side of Glacier.
We arrived early enough that the previous occupants were still packing up so we asked if they were leaving and they indicated they would. We told them to take there time, put a tag on the post to save our spot, with a chair by their campfire ring and left them with some banana bread and cream cheese. It was perfect camp site and large enough to have shared with another camper...or two! We liked it well enough that we stayed our entire stay on the West side of Glacier here.
We spent the first day getting our bearing. Spent some time down at Apgar Village checking out the shops and discovered the swimming area and a great picnic grounds.
Lake McDonald is crystal clear and was smooth as glass and OH MY WHAT A VIEW!!
What makes it really amazing is how few motor boats are on the lake. It is a paradise for kayakers, For folks traveling without kayaks there is a rental place at the marina, so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful splendor out on the lake.