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Beautiful Lake

We had quite a few days in GNP and deliberately took a day to explore Bowman and Kintla... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Better without the smoke

Visited here during recent wildfires and the lake was shrouded in smoke. Suggest visiting earlier... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
St Albans, United Kingdom
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This scenic lake is more remote and less visited than Bowman Lake because of the length of bad access road that leads to it.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good17%
  • Average0%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“rough road” (3 reviews)
“rental car” (2 reviews)
Polebridge, Glacier National Park, MT
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We had quite a few days in GNP and deliberately took a day to explore Bowman and Kintla Lakes. We are very glad we did. While we were hoping for a break from the smoke from the fires, we actually ended up near another fire...More

Thank TimbersHouse
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Visited here during recent wildfires and the lake was shrouded in smoke. Suggest visiting earlier in the season when the fire risk is lower. No food or drink available so bring your own. Also, it's a quiet and isolated spot. Be "Bear Aware" you are...More

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 22 July 2017

One of the hidden secrets of Glacier Park. Out to the way and secluded but beautiful. This are has different personalities depending on the season.

1  Thank montanahula
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The road is farther than the road to Bowman but it took us the same amount of time because of the conditions of this road are better. Yes it's gravel but not as rough. You go thru "Prairies" and the views up to the lake...More

1  Thank Love2traveltacoma
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I had read the reviews about the rough road to Kintla and was concerned about taking our rental car up there, but we were looking for somewhere off the beaten path to scout for wildlife after an early dinner in Polebridge, so we decided to...More

2  Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I took a day trip to this lake and it was stunning. The mosquitoes were bad but with some bug spray they were manageable.

1  Thank Charlene P
Reviewed 30 April 2017

If you like bears that look like they cant decide who to eat , go to Kintla. Horrifying experience, I cant believe anyone would bring children here. Otherwise nice views, no fish worth mention. Very primitive and if anything happens oh my gosh you are...More

6  Thank rrsnotyours
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Went up here on the first day we were in Glacier. The drive was rough so make sure you car is in good shape for it. Beautiful lake and nice and relaxing. Not a lot of people.

2  Thank Tyson T
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

I'm not going to say much about the breathtaking beauty of this place because just like everything in GNP, it's stunning. But I want to dispel a few myths on this page. I suppose the definition of "terrible" when it comes to roads is subjective...More

7  Thank Rachael D
Reviewed 8 September 2016

worth the drive. if you want to camp here, come very early and wait until someone leaves. It stayed full the whole time we were in Glacier.

1  Thank 1964cas
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