The prolonged closure of Manitoba (Canada) campgrounds due to flooding is a sign that there will be fewer places to camp this upcoming long weekend.
According to a press release, Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks continues to remind all provincial parks campers and visitors to carefully observe conditions prior to heading to provincial parks this spring as some trails and campgrounds are being closed to ensure the health and safety of the Manitobans.
Park visitors are reminded to adhere to trail and road closures and avoid driving through areas of flooding or crossing damaged bridges.
Travel is not advised in Duck Mountain and Nopiming provincial parks due to the numerous road washouts.
All campgrounds, canoe routes, and backcountry campsites have been closed at Duck Mountain, Nopiming, and Manigotagan River provincial parks. Certain trails within Turtle Mountain and Whiteshell provincial parks are also closed, including the Mantario Trail.
The following campgrounds have closures and delayed openings 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 has a partial closure of sites until at least May 27 due to overland flooding.
- Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, and Otter Falls campgrounds in Whiteshell Provincial Park have a partial closure of some sites until at least May 27 due to overland flooding.
- White Lake Campground 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.
- 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.
Last week, Modern Campground reported that the flooding and wet weather had prompted the closure of nearly two dozen campgrounds, and Manitoba campers are demanding more compensation following campground reservation cancellations.
For more updates on closures and advisories, visit www.manitobaparks.com.