Spring flooding and road closures delay camping season at many Manitoba parks

Some outdoorsy Manitobans who are planning to pitch a tent or set up a trailer in a provincial park this month may have to find something else to do.

The province advises Manitoban residents to avoid a string of provincial parks, including several campgrounds, canoe routes and hiking trails in Nobimining and Witchell due to high waters and road closures.

Travel in Nopiming Provincial Park is no longer advised, and all canoe routes in the park and on the Manigotagan River have also been closed, according to a regional press release on Tuesday.

Nopiming’s Bird Lake, Beresford Lake, Black Lake, Shoe Lake, and Tulabi Falls campsites are closed until at least June 2 due to wild flooding.

The following locations in Whiteshell Provincial Park are also experiencing closures or delayed openings of the camping season:

  • Lake Brereton: Some sites closed due to flooding.
  • Cady Lake: Opening delayed until at least May 20 due to wet conditions.
  • Falcon Beach, Falcon Beach Seasonal Locations Lakeshore, West Hook Lake including West Hook Village Trailer: Some locations closed through May 20, including full service locations and those in lower areas.
  • White Lake Campground: Closed until at least June 2 due to high water levels and flooding.

Several other parks facing similar conditions are also experiencing closures and delays, including St Malo County Park. The opening of the camp has been postponed until at least May 20 due to humid conditions and no access to bathrooms due to frozen pipes.

Rivers Provincial Park is facing partial campground closures, especially with sites located in lower areas, through May 20.

Stephenfield Provincial Park will also be closed until at least then due to water supply issues, and Lake St. George Provincial Park until further notice due to flooding on access roads.

According to the county, campgrounds in the north, west and elsewhere at higher elevations — including the Duck Mountains and Porcupine Hills — still have a “significant amount of snow” and may face further delays as well.

Those with camping reservations can expect to hear from the park service about cancellations and refunds if their campsite is affected. The county encourages campers to wait until the park service has heard about whether their reservation has been affected before canceling, otherwise a cancellation fee may be assessed.

For those sites that remain open, campers should plan for the possibility of restricting some drinking water and restroom services due to current conditions, the county said.

Updates on the status of parks and campgrounds are available on the county’s website.

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