Summer is on its way, BC, and we’re gearing up for the warmer weather with a ton of scenic swimming spots! One happens to be situated just south of Nakusp at McDonald Creek Park – one of four provincial parks on the Arrow Lake Reservoir. The provincial park offers visitors plenty of opportunities by way of swimming, boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, and fishing. So let’s dive in!

The park’s namesake, McDonald Creek, is on the east side of the park and can be accessed via a nature trail from the north end of the campground. The trail offers hikers breathtaking views of the Upper Aarrow Lake Reservoir!

From a fine sandy beach to open grassy meadows, you’re sure to find a quiet, secluded spot to soak up the natural scenery. As McDonald Creek protects a range of habitats, visitors get to unwind in both a forested and lakeside setting!

There’s also an adventure playground near the picnic area and swimming lagoon, according to West Kootenay Parks.

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McDonald Creek Park
Photo via BC Parks

In terms of camping, there are 112 vehicle-accessible sites ($30 per night) in the park up for grabs. This includes seven doubles, and 18 sites with electrical hookups ($7 extra per night), according to BC Parks. Campsites range in size, with some lakefront sites offering close access to the beach.

So there you have it, Vancouver! Get ready for blue skies and warm summer days on the lake.

McDonald Creek Park 

Where: Near Naskusp, BC