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Province updates campground closures heading into long weekend

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: May 20, 2022 03:54

Partial site closures at Rivers campground and Adam Lake in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

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Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks continues to advise all provincial park visitors to carefully check and monitor conditions before heading to provincial parks this spring as some campgrounds and trails are closed to help protect the health and safety of Manitobans. Park visitors are reminded to obey road and trail closures and not attempt to drive through flooded areas or across damaged bridges.

Updated details on closures and advisories due to flooding are available at: www.manitobaparks.com 

All park visitors should check www.manitoba511.ca for road closures and potential detours before travelling to parks. 

Campgrounds in Manipogo and Rainbow Beach provincial parks are now fully closed due to wet conditions and soft ground. The picnic area and concession at Manipogo remain open.

Roads and highways through Whiteshell Provincial Park have multiple flooded areas and closed sections. In Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Otter Falls, Betula Lake and White Lake campgrounds are closed due to rising water levels on the Winnipeg and Whiteshell rivers. Travel is not advised to cottages and trails in the Betula Lake area.

Travel is not advised in Duck Mountain and Nopiming provincial parks due to multiple road washouts. All campgrounds, canoe routes and backcountry campsites are closed in Duck Mountain, Nopiming and Manigotagan River provincial parks. Some trails in Beaudry, Turtle Mountain and Whiteshell provincial parks are also closed including the Mantario Trail.

Watercraft restrictions are in place in Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks to help protect flooded shorelines from erosion. Recreational motor boat traffic is prohibited from operating within 100 metres of shorelines. When exiting or approaching a shoreline, boats should move directly out from land and avoid creating a wake where possible. Several boat launches are closed in the Whiteshell and all traffic on Whiteshell lakes should be aware of debris and areas of floating bog. A list of restricted lakes and launch closures is available at www.manitobaparks.com 

The following campgrounds have closures in place:

- Blue Lakes, Childs Lake, Singush Lake and Wellman Lake campgrounds in Duck Mountain Provincial Park are closed until at least May 27 due to road washouts.
- Bird Lake, Beresford Lake, Black Lake, Shoe Lake and Tulabi Falls campgrounds in Nopiming Provincial Park are closed until at least June 2 due to overland flooding and road washouts.
- Manipogo Provincial Park campground is closed until at least May 27 due to wet conditions and soft ground.
- Rainbow Beach Provincial Park campground is closed until at least May 27 due to wet conditions and soft ground.
- Nutimik Lake and Opapiskaw campgrounds in Whiteshell Provincial Park have partial closure of some sites until at least June 2 due to overland flooding.
- Betula Lake, Otter Falls and White Lake campgrounds in Whiteshell Provincial Park is closed until at least June 2 due to high water levels and flooding.
- St. Malo Provincial Park campground has a partial closure of some sites until at least June 2 due to overland flooding.
- Rivers Provincial Park campground has a partial closure of some sites in low-lying areas until at least June 2, due to overland flooding.
- Adam Lake Campground in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park has a partial closure of some sites in low-lying areas until at least May 27.
- Watchorn Provincial Park campground has a partial closure of sites in low-lying areas until at least May 27.
- Lake St. George Provincial Park campground is closed until further notice due to flooded access roads.

All other provincial park campgrounds will be open for the May long weekend.

Services such as drinking water and washrooms may be limited or reduced in some areas as a result of late spring conditions which are delaying the seasonal setup and operation of water lines. Campers are advised to plan accordingly for potential service reductions and pack adequate drinking water.

Closures may be extended if flooding and high water conditions continue. Reservation holders and seasonal campers will be contacted and their fees refunded if their campsite is affected by a closure. Campers should not pre-emptively cancel reservations before being notified of a site closure, otherwise cancellation policies will apply.

Manitoba Parks staff is closely monitoring this evolving situation and assessing conditions daily. Park visitors are asked to report any significant trail flooding or maintenance concerns to the local park district office.

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