McDonald Creek Provincial Park is located on Hwy 6, 10 km (6 miles)
south of Nakusp
and 40 km (25 miles) north of the Upper Arrow Lakes Ferry Terminal
To get here from Vernon,
take Hwy 6 through Lumby
to the Upper Arrow Lakes Ferry Terminal at Needles.
You then cross Upper Arrow Lake over to Fauquier and travel north
for about 30 minutes. If you are coming from Alberta or northern
British Columbia, make your way to Revelstoke
and travel south on Hwy 23 to Shelter Bay; you then take the ferry
across Upper Arrow Lake to Galena Bay and travel south on Hwy 6
to Nakusp and eventually to McDonald Creek Provincial Park.
The main highlights found at McDonald Creek Provincial Park are
an easy access into Upper Arrow Lake and the beautiful white sandy
beach situated on both the east and west sides on this stretch of
For people who enjoy getting out on the water there is tremendous
water sports found on Upper Arrow Lake at McDonald Creek Provincial
Park. Activities include water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, jet
skiing, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. For sport
fishing, with the proper licence, great opportunities abound with
species available including Kokanee, Rainbow and Bull trout.
Other recreational activities for you to do in the park involve
taking walks and beachcombing along the vast expanse of lakeshore
found alongside the campground. Opportunities of wildlife viewing
are especially prevalent during the annual Kokanee spawn. Just remember
to play it wildlife safe as bears are known to be in the area.
McDonald Creek Provincial Park has one of the nicest campgrounds
found in the Kootenay Region. The 46-vehicle-accessible campground
is well-spaced out, very private and contains lots of shade trees
and has a large percentage of campsites located next to the lakeshore
with easy access to the large sandy beach alongside the lake.
The facilities found at McDonald Creek Provincial Park include a
boat launch, up to 6 km (4 miles) of beach (depending on water levels),
campfire pit rings, tap water from a treated supply, and a day-use
area with picnic tables and pit toilets.
The campground has 46-vehicle-accessible sites with 30 of these
being held for reservations only and the other 16 being on a first-come,
first-served basis. If you would like to stay here during the prime
time in summer, because of the popularity, try to reserve as soon
as you can through Discover Camping. Otherwise, arrive early in
the morning and hopefully get a non-reserved site, if available.
For supplies and other services, the closest place with the greatest
selection is in Nakusp. In Nakusp you can find an Overwaitea Foods
and Valley Food Store, Peoples Pharmacy, a Home Hardware, the Nakusp
General Store, a CIBC Banking Centre, service stations, restaurants,
pubs, public phones, liquor stores, a museum and emergency help.
Other exploring you can do around McDonald Creek Provincial Park
include visiting the hot springs north of Nakusp, taking a trip
across the lake on the ferry at Arrow Park, found 10 km (6 miles)
south of the park and discovering the west side of Upper Arrow Lake
to the communities of West Arrow Park and the forest service roads
to Mosquito and Whatshan Lakes and a little farther south on Hwy
6 towards Fauquier and visiting the historic park at Burton.
Beach on Upper
Upper Arrow Lake
Beach on Upper