McGregor Lake, Montana, USA

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All About McGregor Lake

Clear, deep McGregor Lake shines in northwestern Montana’s Glacier Country. Set against the backdrop of the Flathead National Forest and the Flathead Valley, McGregor Lake is surrounded by some of Montana’s most abundant recreation opportunities. Ski slopes, snowmobile trails, golf courses and hiking trails combine with boating and fishing to make McGregor Lake an outstanding four-season destination.

McGregor Lake is a spring-fed lake covering 1,522 surface acres and forming a tributary of McGregor Creek. The lake has an average depth of 106 feet and a maximum depth of 220 feet. Its deep clear water is particularly popular with scuba divers, and outfitters can be found near the lake. For three seasons of the year boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking are available at McGregor Lake; swimming is refreshing during warm summer months.

The fishing is exceptional with Kokanee salmon and rainbow trout stocked regularly in McGregor Lake. Healthy populations of Arctic grayling, yellow perch, brook trout and redside shiner can also be found in the lake. McGregor Lake freezes solidly enough to support ice fishing, so anglers can enjoy fishing the lake year round.

Lakeside vacation rentals, cabins and cottages are available as is real estate for sale, although it is at a premium. McGregor Lake is 35 miles west of the City of Kalispell with easy access to any amenities a visitor might need. The Flathead Valley and the area around the lake have trails for snowmobiles and ATV’s as well as for hiking and cross country skiing. Hunting is permitted nearby for elk, deer, bear, moose and mountain lions in season. Both golf courses and ski resorts can be found in the valley. Flathead Valley is also known for its high concentration of working artists drawn to the spectacular natural beauty of the area.

McGregor Lake is 90 minutes from Glacier National Park. Established on May 11, 1910, Glacier National Park was the tenth national park created. Today over two million people visit Glacier National Park every year to enjoy hiking, biking and horseback riding on the park’s 700 miles of trails. Wilderness backpacking and camping are available for more adventurous visitors. Grizzly bears, black bears, moose and mule deer all make their home at Glacier National Park.

Because of the mountainous ridge that runs through the park, Glacier National Park was known as the “Backbone of the World” by the local Blackfeet Indians. Most places in the park were originally accessible only by foot or on horseback. It took 11 years of labor, but in 1932 the final section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed, letting visitors drive up and across 6,646 foot high Logan Pass. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the 50 mile long road gives visitors access to the park’s interior and provides an opportunity to see the mountain goats and big horn sheep that make their home at the higher elevations. Jackson Glacier is also easy to reach from the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier National Park is a few miles west of the Continental Divide, and it is part of the 2.3 million acres Flathead National Forest which extends 120 miles south of Canada in the Glacier Country region of northwest Montana.

With over 1,500 acres of water for fishing, swimming and boating along with the trails nearby for ATV’s, snowmobiles and skiing, McGregor Lake provides a full four seasons of recreation opportunities. Add its proximity to one of America’s oldest and best loved national parks, and a trip to McGregor Lake is sure to please the entire family.

Things to Do at McGregor Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • National Park
  • National Forest

Fish Species Found at McGregor Lake

  • Brook Trout
  • Carp
  • Grayling
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Yellow Perch

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  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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McGregor Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 1,522 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 3,998 feet

Average Depth: 106 feet

Maximum Depth: 205 feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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