Water Fun, Summer in McDowell Water Fun, Summer in McDowell
Fishing on Mill Creek - Free Tackle Rental

Old Fort's Mountain Gateway Museum offers a free tackle-loaner program, made available through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. visitors can leave their driver's license, car keys, or some other type of collateral at the museum's front desk and check out a rod and reel and some lures to fish in the creek for up to three hours.

Participants are responsible for obtaining a fishing license, which can be done online, and observing the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's catch-and-release schedule.

Marion Recreation Center Pool

The Marion Recreation Center, close to the library in downtown Marion, offers an outdoor pool for family fun!

Pool opens when the schools begin their summer vacation.

Prices are $3 adults, and $2 children

Come along and have some fun in the sun at the pool!

Marion Splash Pad

Water fun just off Main Street!

The playground and tennis courts may be currently closed, but the splash pad is definitely open for fun and frolics in a designated area safe for children to have fun in the water.

Mountain Paradise Water Park

Mountain Paradise Water Slide, Swimming Pool, Miniature Golf Putt Putt and Campground have been in business since 1985.

Located on Hwy 221 North, they are located just North of Marion and just south of Linville Caverns. 

When you make it a day of outdoor adventure, include Mountain Paradise Waterslide in your plans.

Prices:
Swim only - $6 per person (adults and children)
Swim and either putt putt or slide - $10 per person
Swim, putt putt, and slide - $12 per person

We're open from the 25th May all through the summer!

Old Fort Pool

Across Catawba River Road from Lindley Park is the Old Fort Pool.  

This facility is open during the summer months for recreational swimming and pool parties.

Pool opens when the schools begin their summer vacation.

Prices are $3 adults, and $2 children

Come along and have some fun in the sun at the pool!

Paddy's Creek on Lake James

Paddy's Creek (part of the Lake James State Park) has a protected swim area, with a bathhouse, and changing areas, as well as a concession stand.

Lifeguards are usually on patrol, and when a lifeguard is on duty a fee is charged.

The area also has camping facilities and a kid friendly walking trail.

Swim Area open 10am - 6pm 
May 1 through September 30

Prices:
When lifeguard is on duty - $4 (kids 12 and under)  $6 (13 and over)
Free to swim when no lifeguard is on duty (no lifeguard schedule is available) 

MATCH McDowell
McDowell County Health Coalition
MATCH McDowell
McDowell County Health Coalition