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McDonald Creek Provincial Park
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 at Fauquier.

Travelling Here
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.

Park Highlights
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 the lake.

Upper Arrow Lake
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.

Wildlife Viewing
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.

Campground
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.

Park Facilities
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.

Reservations Recommended
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.

Nakusp
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.

Exploring Around
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.

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McDonald Creek Provincial Park
McDonald Creek Provincial Park

 

Beach on Upper Arrow Lake
Beach on Upper Arrow Lake

 

Upper Arrow Lake
Upper Arrow Lake

 

Lakeshore Campsite
Lakeshore Campsite

 

McDonald Creek Campground
McDonald Creek Campground

 

Beach on Upper Arrow Lake
Beach on Upper Arrow Lake

 
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