Mcleese Lake


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About Mcleese Lake

The small community of McLeese Lake is a family vacation spot along the Cariboo Highway in the beautiful interior of British Columbia, between Williams Lake and Quesnel. McLeese Lake offers a neighbourhood pub, post office, general store, community recreation centre and rental hall, public boat launch, and lakefront rest area with picnic tables. Mcleese Lake Resort and Oasis Resort campground and motel are also located on the shorelines.

Formerly called Mud Lake, McLeese Lake is named in honour of Robert McLeese, a resident of Soda Creek from 1863 until his death in the 1880s. Robert McLeese was a hotel keeper, store owner, postmaster of Soda Creek for 25 years, owner of a sternwheel river boat, and member of the Legislative Assembly.

The tiny settlement of Soda Creek, located 10 kilometres south of McLeese Lake, is the head of the upper Fraser Canyon, and the beginning of 650 km of navigable river waters to the north. Sternwheelers were transported by road for assembly and launch at Soda Creek, which became the Gold Rush transfer point and terminus for sternwheelers transporting miners north to Quesnel and Barkerville until the railway pushed through in 1920. Soda Creek’s name originates from the carbonate of lime creek bed that bubble like soda water.

Population: Approx. 301 –  Welcome baby Jessie!!

Location: McLeese Lake is located on the Cariboo Highway 97, between Quesnel to the north and Williams Lake, 27 miles (44 km) to the south. The route from Williams Lake to Quesnel follows the Fraser River, passing points of interest including McLeese Lake, First Nations attractions at Soda Creek.

Hall Rentals

The Mcleese Lake recreation hall at the south end of the lake is available for rent year round. Click thumbnail to view a larger image.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have tables and chairs for 150 people.

No we do not.  Renters must supply all their own dishes and cooking pots and pans.  Must supply own table cloths as well.

There is a deep freeze, a regular fridge/freezer as well as a commercial cooler.  There are two ovens and one grill.  We have two coffee and two tea urns.

Yes we have a screen with an LCD projector as well as two speaker and a microphone with a podium.

Yes you have access to the ball diamond, the front lawn facing the lake.  There are private event signs you can place at entrances to grounds asking public to stay out when the hall is rented.  Please keep in mind that it is a lake and therefore the actual lakeshore is technically public but most people are respectful to keep away from private events. 

Yes you can only if you pay for the whole weekend—Friday to Sunday.