McLaren Lake

Park Info

Season:
May 3 - September 30
Park Entry:
$10.00/day or $60.00/season pass
Payment Information:
Cash, Debit or E-transfer Accepted
GPS:
50.29559 -109.88399
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Park Description

McLaren Lake Regional Park has a natural beauty of its own with the spring water shed spilling into the lake from miles around. The park has lots to offer with regular, seasonal and group camping, bathrooms with showers as well as a concession and camp kitchen. Enjoy the beach area while boaters either laze the day away on the water or enjoy water sports. Kids can dig, climb, swing and hang around in the playground. There is a tetherball and a basketball area to shoot a few hoops. Try your skills at horseshoes or grab a few friends for a friendly game of beach volleyball, softball, or golf with the gophers on the 9-hole course. For those who enjoy nature, search the grounds for the many different wildflowers in bloom, or simply appreciate bird watching and the serenity of the vast prairie. Every July 1st, Canada Day is celebrated in the park with fireworks to end the day. The second weekend in July features the annual Ball Tournament and Music Festival. This family friendly park provides opportunity to meet people, make new friends and create memories of time spent at this quiet gem called McLaren Lake.


Local Services

Just 10 miles north and 5 miles west, in the town of Richmound, you’ll find a confectionary/post office, Credit Union and Petro-Can cardlock. The RCMP and hospital are located in the towns of Leader and Maple Creek.


Local Attractions

In the town of Richmound, there is a museum located in the RM building. Approximately 50 kms N in the town of Burstall you’ll find a well kept 9 hole golf course with grass greens, a driving range and a practice green. About 75 km E and S is the town of Maple Creek with many attractions including Rafters Brewing Company, Cypress Hills Winery, Cowtown Toys and The Daily Grind to name only a few. And about an hour to the E and N is the Great Sandhills. Check with the caretakers for more information on attractions in the area.


Park / Area History

Negotiations for the park began on September 19,1961. Soon after that 5,000 trees were planted. In 1965 the ball diamond and concession booth was built. In 1966 250,000 pickerel fish were stocked into the lake. Following this, a golf course and an office were added.

A program to upgrade electrical pedestals started in 2011 with 6-20/30 pedestals installed. Upgrades in 2013 include an additional 28-20/30 amp sites. In 2015 22 new sites were added to the West side and lake front, with a total of 47 electrical sites being offered.

In 2015/2016 an additional washroom was built to accommodate the increased number of campers.


Barrier Free Access

Campsites: Level grass/gravel. New bathrooms.

Policies

Quiet time 11pm to 7am.  Fire allowed only  in tubs provided.  A Fire Ban may be in effect depending on amount of rainfall received in the year.  Dogs must be on leash.  Firewood shall be purchased at the park office. ATVs are prohibited within the park.

 Events

Description Date Amount
McLaren Lake Annual Slo-Pitch Tournament and Music Festival July 13 $120.00/Team
Canada Day – fireworks, kids parade and kids crafts July 1 Park Entry

Camping Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
30 Amp Daily $30.00
30 Amp Weekly $180.00
Non Serviced Sites Daily $20.00

 Rentals/Other Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
Firewood – (No outside firewood will be allowed in the park) Per Bundle $10.00
Canoe Rental 1/2 Day $15.00
Camp Kitchen/Shelter Rental Per Weekend $50.00
Camp Kitchen/Shelter Rental Daily $25.00
Paddleboat Rental Per Hour $15.00
Paddleboat Rental 1/2 Day $30.00

 

 

  • Ball Diamonds
  • Boat Launch
  • Camping (Electrical Sites)
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Fire Wood
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Playground
  • Sewer Dump Station
  • Washrooms (Modern / Running Water)
  • Barrier Free Areas (Wheelchair Accessible)
  • Boat, Canoe and/or kayak rentals
  • Camping (Non-Electrical)
  • Concession
  • Group Camping
  • Pet Friendly
  • Potable Water
  • Showers
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beach Area
  • Camp Kitchen / Picnic Shelter
  • Camping Seasonal
  • Driving Range
  • Group Camping with Hall and/or Kitchen
  • Picnic Tables
  • Quiet Time Enforced
  • Volleyball Court

Camping

Camping sites offer 15-30 amp electrical power.  Six sites are located in close proximity to the laker: about 20 sites are located in the more recently established shelterbelt area and another 15 located within the area established for campers in the early 60’s. If you’re looking for something a little more secluded and away from the main hub, the remainder of the powered sites are located on the further south and  east  end of the park. There is an area designated for tenting or non powered units in the north west corner. And if required, there is an overflow area to the far east.  Some of the sites are well treed while others provide less shade. All amenities are within an easy walking distance from any camp site.  There are 50 powered sites and 20 non powered sites available.

For the 2024 camping season, a cabin will be available for rent. Please refer to the letscamp website for a full description of the cabin and  booking info.

The sewage disposal station is located at the entrance of the park. Washrooms for men and women offer flush toilets and shower stalls.


Group Camping

Although there is no specified group camping area, with enough notice, sites can be booked to accommodate family reunions or any group event.  A camp kitchen, which includes a fridge, briquette barbeque and seating for 30 people,  is located close to the suggested camping area. It can be reserved for a day or for the duration of the event. The shower house is located directly across from the Camp Kitchen with the playground directly to the west and the shower house to the east of the Camp Kitchen, this area ideal for group camping.

 

 

 

 

 

Golf

There is a 9 hole par 3 golf course with sand greens and a driving range for the golf enthusiasts.

Swimming

Young and old alike enjoy time on the lake. Swimming is available, however there is no lifeguard on duty. Swimmers must do so at their own risk.

Playground/Recreation Activities

For the youngsters, there is a Blue Imp playground, swings, slides, tetherball and basket ball hoop. There is a fenced ball diamond  and two horseshoe pits for your enjoyment.

Boating and Fishing

A padde boat and a canoe are available to rent. Guests are required to fill out appropriate paperwork at the concession before renting these items.  There is a boat launch available also. Jet skis, boats, sailboats and water skiing are permitted. Although the lake was stocked with rainbow trout in 2011-2013,  200,000 Northern Pike in 2015 and  randomly stocked with Rainbow Trout from 2016-2019, no catches have been reported. There are plans to stock the lake with Rainbow Trout for the 2024 season. Please check with the caretakers on fishing status.

Paddle boarding is a relatively new activity for those who enjoy being on the water. You can’t beat the calm summer evenings nor the serene early mornings for the ultimate paddleboard experience on a lake a smooth as glass.

Hiking/Nature Trails

A 1 Km walking trail along the south side of the lake offers a lake side stoll and the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the park. Benches are placed along the path inviting you to take some time to enjoy the the scenery.  There are plans  to develop a 3 km  walking trail which offers a new perspective of the park. Sit atop the small incline at about the halfway point and allow yourself to be taken up in the tranquility of the wild life preserve.