Montana Outdoors

October 20, 2014

Rainbow Lake

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:27 am

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

In the old days this lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation was called Dog Lake. I have never understood why the name was changed.


  1. I could spend like the rest of my life right there and it wouldn’t bother me for a moment…. Such a beautiful place.


    Comment by seekraz — October 20, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    • It’s pretty, all right. Luckily it is only about a dozen miles away and its mood changes with the seasons and the time of day.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 9:36 am

      • I love that about a place, how it changes so dramatically with the seasons and the day’s light…and how nice that it’s so close to you, too. It could become a favorite…..


        Comment by seekraz — October 20, 2014 @ 10:03 am

  2. Stunningly beautiful. Really gorgeous photos.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 20, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    • I have dozens of photos of this lake, but with the light just right, there’s always room for a couple more!


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 9:37 am

  3. Beautiful, clear, and so pristine. Love it!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 20, 2014 @ 9:53 am

  4. Pretty spot. It looks very calm right now, but I imagine it has its stormy moments.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 20, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    • It does, especially in winter when it gets some good snow. It is quite sheltered though from the bad winds.

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Who can say, but sometimes for tourism’s sake, things get renamed. Lovely photos! Have an especially nice day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 20, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    • I suppose you’re right, but we old timers still much prefer the original name.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

  6. Great photos Terry, really lovely


    Comment by Mike Howe — October 20, 2014 @ 11:34 am

  7. Those colours are glorious! What beautiful photos. The colours have been nice here, but we’re getting some wild weather over the next few days so I fear they’ll be gone soon.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 20, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    • The trees here are confused this year. In a stand of trees, all of the same species, there are some in full color, some already spent and some still completely green. I haven’t figured that out. THe larch are turning fast and I hope I can catch up with them for a few pictures in the next few days, even though a lot of rain is in the forecast.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

  8. Maybe someone saw a rainbow over it one day. It would have reflected beautifully if the surface was that smooth. In any case it’s a beautiful spot, with or without the rainbow.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 20, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    • I don’t know what they were thinking, but it is really pretty up there. Good country for moose too.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

  9. It is still Dog Lake to me. I caught my first fish there when I was 6 years old. Of course it was a huge cat fish and my dad had to get clear back on shore to get it off the hook for me. Besides I got 6 perch that day too. It was a great recreational place. Different clubs had picnics there every year.It was close and very popular.
    Clark Fork Idaho…


    Comment by Frances Schenck — October 20, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    • Hi Frances! I fished the lake when I was a kid too. It still gets fishermen in the summer and a lot of ice fishing in winter.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

  10. Wow!
    What a stunning lake (and blue). Now that’s one lake I would like to visit and walk around.


    Comment by Vicki — October 21, 2014 @ 12:00 am

    • It’s a lake that has plenty of access, but being situated in a lightly populated area, not too much traffic. A pretty place to visit at any time of the year.


      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  11. Your photos are glorious. I read a little bit about the lake, and found it really is a favorite with fishermen. Pike and perch are the draws, apparently. I looked at some of your winter photos up there, too. Quite a different scene it will be, in a few months!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 21, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    • Yes, it’s nearly that time of year again, when the lake will freeze for the winter and the ice fishermen will come out. There was snow today about a hundred miles to the south of us on the passes, so the time is coming. Last winter I wasn’t able to get outside, but now I’m looking forward to visiting there when the snow is deep. A couple of years ago I walked on snowshoes to the waterfall that is on the west side of the lake and enjoyed it very much. Hoping for deep snow again this year!


      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

  12. Excellent photos! The name changer has no respect for traditions.


    Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2014 @ 2:44 am

  13. How nice that it isn’t heavily trafficked because it looks like a place that invites solitude and wonder.


    Comment by Candace — October 23, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    • The traffic is lower there partly because it is on the reservation where a reservation permit is required for fishing or recreation. It gets fishermen summer and winter but not to any great extent.


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

  14. Nice! Wish I was there!


    Comment by Reed Andariese — November 12, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    • The photo was taken about 3 weeks ago. Now there is a light coating of snow on the shoreline and ice beginning to form on the lake. I need to go back for another visit.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

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