Junction of McLean Creek and the Elbow River

Lat: 50.90363   Long: -114.66748 (Click to see map)

This is as unofficial as it gets. It is not recognized as a day use area and you have to drive past a no motorized vehicle sign to park. Some fishermen and siteseers seem to think it is worth risking a ticket as there are often a few cars parked there. It was very busy when the Highway 66 bridge was closed. It is located opposite the turnoff to the McLean Creek OHV Zone.

There is nothing here - that's part of its charm. No toilet, no picnic tables, no trails; nothing but McLean Creek flowing into the Elbow River. There is a bit of sandy beach, some gravel bars and a fairly wide expanse of open river with rock cliffs in places.

You can splash your toes in the water, explore the shoreline or settle down for a blanket picnic lunch. There is nothing dramatic or even beautiful here but it is a nice place to pass some quiet time with the river gurgling and splashing nearby.

 

Park opposite McLean OHV road
Park opposite McLean OHV road
This is really more of a ditch than a parking lot. There is a "No Motorized Vehicles" sign just off to the right. The river is a short walk that takes a minute or two. The twisted metal things are conduits for drainage that got wrecked.
  • Park opposite McLean OHV road
    This is really more of a ditch than a parking lot. There is a "No Motorized Vehicles" sign just off to the right. The river is a short walk that takes a minute or two. The twisted metal things are conduits for drainage that got wrecked.
  • McLean Creek
    The creek is in the foreground with Elbow River in the distance just over the rock wall dam that forms a bit of a pool. I imagine fishermen take advantage of this pool to catch some of the stocked rainbow trout that might escape from McLean Pond.
  • Rock dam
    This photo was taken in early July shortly after the flood. The water is still a bit high and turbid. I usually associate McLean Creek with the sound of a two-stroke engine. But this is a quiet place.
  • Tire tracks
    It's not what you would call pretty, but it is interesting and easily accessible. I guess that is why people insist on driving here where they aren't allowed.

 

 

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