July 25, 2017

Exploring Lion Lake in Northwest Montana

Alex Neill at Lion Lake in November 2015 with beautiful lake reflections and yellow larch trees, Lion Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog, November 2015

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.

Alex Neill at Lake McDonald during the first snow in November 2015, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

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!

Yellow Larch on the mountains in northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015 Neill family at Lion Lake in Northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

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.

Neill family at Lion Lake in Northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

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.

Reflections at Lion Lake in Northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog November 2015

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!!

Child in Kammok at Lion Lake in Northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

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!

Kids in hammock at Lion Lake in northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

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.

Reflections at the Hungry Horse Reservoir, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I really never wanted to leave.

Beautiful fall reflections on Lion Lake in northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Reflections at Lion Lake, northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015Be sure to stop by Lion Lake while visiting northwest Montana!

Child at Lion Lake in northwest Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

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