Exploring Lion Lake in Northwest Montana
When the weather turns to November in Montana, it can be more difficult to get outside with kids thanks to the cold and rainy weather. When the sun came out shining this morning, my friend Paige and I decided to get outside and explore these beautiful fall colors. This exploration led me first to Lake McDonald, and then later to Lion Lake near the Hungry Horse Reservoir in northwest Montana.
What an incredible fall day it was! The sun was shining, and although it was freezing, we could not have asked for better yellow colors, or the reflection on Lion Lake!
I love to make it look like it is easy to get outside with my kids, but let’s face it, it is always a lot of work! In November weather, you have to pack a lot of layers and winter clothing for yourself and small children. Having friends along makes it much more enjoyable for everyone, so thank you to Paige for coming along!! My kids love throwing rocks in the lake, and Paige brought chalk — a great idea for “coloring” the rocks.
Lion Lake has a lot of picnic areas if you visit in the summer. There are two different picnic areas, one on the north shore and one on the south shore. The reflection was better today from the south shore, so that is where we ended up. I would say the best view of the lake is probably from the pullout right on the road, where you can see the entire lake and the mountains behind the lake.
Lion Lake is a great lake in the summer for swimming and playing with the family, but it is absolutely stunning this time of year. We got out our Kammok hammock again for fun times! Let’s just say this — if you want to entertain a kid for hours with something that is small and easy to pack, bring a hammock!!
This is really what it looked like! My 1-year old won’t stop climbing everything, rocks, mountains, anything she can! The determination and stamina of a child so young!
To get to Lion Lake, drive through Hungry Horse, Montana, and then turn right at the Hungry Horse Dam sign. You will reach Lion Lake before you get to the Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir, but driving all of the way to the Reservoir is never a bad idea either.
I really never wanted to leave.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog