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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 100
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 112
Reservations

Campsite reservations are accepted at this park and first come, first served sites are also available.

All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.

 

Vehicle-accessible camping

Upon entering the park, turn right to access the campground. The campground has a two-way, gravel road at the edge of the forest. Along the road, you will find turnarounds at different intervals. There are 112 vehicle-accessible sites in the park including seven doubles and 18 sites with electrical hookups. A few of the sites have tent pads. There is one pull through site, and the campground has an even mix of small to large sites and can accommodate large recreational vehicles. 

The majority of sites are lakefront and offer access to the beach but are not considered to have lake views. All sites are shady, set in a mixed forest of pine and larch. Extra vehicles that have been paid for can use the day-use for overnight parking.

A park gate is located at the park entrance. The closet phone and store is in Nakusp, a 15 minute drive 12 km north on Highway 6. 

 
Vehicle-accessible camping fee$30 per party per night
Electrified sites Additional $7 per night 
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$15 per senior party per night

For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page.

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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Drinking water

Cold water is available for cooking and drinking. The park has chlorinated, treated water pumped from the reservoir. There are nine drinking water taps located throughout the campground and day-us area. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Playground

The playground is located adjacent to the day-use beach and is accessible from the day-use parking lot. The playground is suitable for ages five and older. Surrounding the playground are picnic tables, a potable water stand pipe, shared fire ring and toilet facilities.

Boat launch

The boat launch is located at the south end of the park, accessed by turning turn left at the park entrance. This concrete plank, singlewide ramp is only useable during high water. A nearby 25 vehicle parking lot is available for overnight parking. There is no wharf but boats are beached during the day. Both car top and power boats can be seen on the lake.

Sani-station

The park has a sani-station.

Sani-station use fee: $5 per discharge in coin or purchased token.

Electrical hook-ups

Sites 1 to 18 have either 30amp or 50amp electrical service. An additional service charge of $7 per night, applies to these sites regardless of whether electrical service is used. Electrified campsites have fire rings.

Campfires

Campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. 

To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.

Picnic areas

One day-use and picnic area is located before the campground on a sandy, grassed bench. This area has six tables, two pit toilets and a water tap. 

During high water the beach is sandy with the tables 50 metres from the waters edge. Although this area is recognized as the main day-use and picnic site, many visitors do picnic along its entire 800 metre shoreline. 

This area has limited facilities and contains no change house or barbeque stands. A day-use parking area is nearby.

Pit or flush toilets

There are over ten accessible pit toilets located throughout the campground and within the day-use area. One pit toilet is at the boat launch. There are flush toilets located in the shower building.

Showers

The shower building is located near the entrance to the campground by the day-use parking lot. The shower building has four showers in each of the men’s and women’s washrooms in addition to a flush toilet. There is also a fully-accessible washroom complete with a shower and toilet. There are no extra charges for showers and they are for registered guests only.

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Swimming

As the park is on the Arrow Lake reservoir, the water does fluctuate. In the spring during low water, the shoreline is muddy and not considered attractive to swimmers.

 However at peak season, during July and August when the water is high, the beach is sandy and is popular for sunbathing, swimming and beach combing. The combined shoreline on the east and west encompasses over 6km and is complemented with natural sandbars and coves. 

The eastern shore, where all the day-use facilities are concentrated is the most popular. The western shore although equally as sandy is less used as logging roads or boats are required to accesses it. The water can be described as refreshing to cool. 

There is no roped-off swimming area. There are no lifeguards on duty.

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Users access the lake from either the boat launch or the waterfront sites.

Kayaking

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Users access the lake from either the boat launch or the waterfront sites.

Fishing

There are kokanee salmon, as well as bull and rainbow trout angling opportunities at this park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for restrictions and quotas.

Wildlife viewing

During the spawning season, you can see kokanee salmon.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times in the campground and day-use areas, and are not allowed on most beach areas or in park buildings. There is an off leash area in this park where dogs are allowed to play in the water, but they must be under control at all times. You are responsible for their behavior and must dispose of their excrement.

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within McDonald Creek Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Waterskiing

There are excellent waterskiing and jet skiing opportunities on Arrow Lakes.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing opportunities are available on Arrow Lakes.