The small resort community of McLeese Lake, situated 30 minutes north of Williams Lake, was originally known as Mud Lake and was renamed in honor of a resident from nearby Soda Creek in the 1880s. Robert McLeese owned a sternwheeler, hotel and store and was the postmaster of Soda Creek for 25-plus years. Modern-day travellers come for outdoor adventures. Water sports and fishing are popular, along with hiking, camping, and off-roading in the surrounding hills. In winter, hiking trails become snowmobile and cross-country ski routes while the lake is transformed into an outdoor skating rink and idyllic ice-fishing hot spot.