It’s not as nice as Allen Bill Pond was, but it is a pond and it is stocked with Rainbow Trout. More important, it survived the flood intact. I was told the fish are sterile to reduce their impact on the environment. You’ll find all the amenities here; ample parking, outdoor toilet, 25 picnic tables, firepits, pathways and of course the pond.
Unless your a fan of Off Highway Vehicles you may find the sound of roaring engines a bit of an issue. And, the place just seems dirty. Most of the Elbow Valley is pristine with crystal clear water and dense forest. But McLean Creek is different. The pond is weedy, there are mud puddles everywhere and dirt roads lead off in all directions. The area has been heavily logged. There are quite a few cattle wandering around.
But, the picnic area by the pond is quite nice, if a bit small. To get there, keep to the right past the store then take the first left. There are good facilities including the store where you can buy supplies. It has one of the largest campgrounds in all of Kananaskis with 170 sites open all year. There is a dirt road that connects the Elbow Valley to the Sheep River Valley and the Sandy McNabb Recreation Area.
McLean Creek Pond PRA Map
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