1. Swan Lake
Swan Lake is located in Bigfork. Numerous campsites line its shores, so it’s possible to enjoy some lakeside camping.
2. Hebgen Lake
You’ll find Hebgen Lake in Southwest Montana in the Yellowstone area. Visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, boating, and hiking. While you’re there, check out the Hebgen Dam.
3. Lake McDonald
This quintessential Montana lake is a must-see for anyone visiting Glacier National Park. Going-to-the-Sun Road runs along the lake’s southern shoreline, so if you can’t stop, you can at least snap some photos.
4. Avalanche Lake
Avalanche Lake is another of Glacier’s finest. For the best views, check out the lake by hiking the Trail of the Cedars.
5. Mystic Lake
Mystic Lake is the deepest lake in the Beartooth Mountains, and it has a nice, large sandy beach to enjoy. The fishing is also good here, and it’s a great destination for a day hike.
6. Flathead Lake
Flathead is the place to be for all Western Montanans in the summertime. If you go boating there this summer, don’t forget to stop at a roadside stand along the east shore and pick up your Flathead cherries and plums.
7. Lake Elmo
If you don’t mind a little crowd, Lake Elmo is a beautiful place to take the family. Bring your dogs along, too—Lake Elmo State Park has a 200 square foot dog park.
8. Fort Peck Lake
Formed by the vast Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck Lake has 1,520 miles of shoreline. That’s a lot of space to explore!
9. Whitefish Lake
This is arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in Montana. Whitefish City Beach Park has a nice sandy beach, designated swimming areas, docks, gazebos and picnic tables.
10. Ennis Lake
When the Montana Power Company built a dam on the Madison River in 1905, Ennis Lake was born. It’s the perfect lake for fly fishing, and it’s a great starting point for a Yellowstone National Park adventure.