What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Candy Lake


Autumn sunrise on Lake McDonald - Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo credit: allie444/Flickr


Lake McDonald is the largest of the more than 700 lakes that make up Glacier National Park in Montana. McDonald has a surface area of 6,823 acres, and it is also the longest (more than 9 miles) and the deepest (450+ feet). But as impressive as all those numbers are, it’s the lake’s shoreline that I find the most amazing. Lake McDonald is famous the world over for its beautiful, multi-colored pebbles. The rocks range in color from reds and yellows to greens to blues. The candy-colored pebbles are found in great abundance on the shore and under the water on the western side of the lake. And the fact that the lake enjoys (?) year-long low temperatures that prohibit the growth of plankton, the water is crystal clear, showing off all those beautiful colors beneath the surface.

“The color of the rocks is determined by the presence or absence of iron. The bright red rocks found along the Grinnel Glacier trail were deposited in a shallow ocean environment where the iron was oxidized by the tidal exposure to the air. Rocks with this coloration often have old ripple marks or ancient mud crack lines.

The rich green-colored rocks were formed in deeper water than the red rocks. Although these rocks contain the same quantities of iron-bearing minerals, they did not have the same exposure to oxygen and the amount of oxidization was limited.” Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall

We are very much looking forward to planning a family trip there. Our 5-year-old niece is particularly obsessed with rocks (I thoroughly expect her to grow up to be a geologist), and I know it’s really going to thrill her. We’d better bring an empty suitcase for rocks!

You can check out all the beautiful lakes of Glacier National Park on their website.

rocks 1

Photo credit: Jinrui Qu/Flickr

rocks 3

Photo credit: Sonnashine/Instagram

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

25 thoughts on “Candy Lake

  1. Wow, that really is beautiful. Another stop to add to my bucket list! Thanks.

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  2. You can find purple, green, yellow and coral coloured pebbles on the beach at Gabarus, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They are more pastel in colour, but still striking.

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  3. This is so beautiful! I’ll add Montana to my bucket list, but it would be much easier to get to Gabarus, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Also of note, we have “Glassy Beach” here in Newfoundland. The location is not well known, but I’ve been there and it’s awesome. It’s a very small half-moon shaped pebbled beach; and as far down as you dig, you’ll come up with beach glass. You’re not permitted to take it away though.

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  4. Wow. I had no idea. Now I have to go.

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  5. There is something about crystal clear water that makes me want to learn Scuba , or change into a mermaid.

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  8. Wow! What a cool place. Those pebbles are gorgeous.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  10. “…enjoys (?) year-long low temperatures…” made me laugh.

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  11. Ohhhh! I wish I had known about this when I went to Glacier years ago. Now I’ll have to go back!

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  12. I need to go there now

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  13. How do people resist filling their pockets with these rocks? So pretty.

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