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Wet Weather Prompts Booking Cancellations of Nearly Two-Dozen Manitoba Provincial Campgrounds

The province of Manitoba (Canada) has started contacting campers affected by a decision to keep over twelve sites closed until the opening weekend of the provincial camping season scheduled to begin on Friday, May 13.

“With the late spring, we’ve had various issues where infrastructure isn’t quite ready to accept guests, the ground is still quite wet in places,” said Elisabeth Ostrop from Manitoba Parks.

“We’ve had to close, sometimes entire campgrounds or individual sites in some locations.”

Roughly half-dozen additional campgrounds are expected to be partially closed, whether because the campgrounds are filled with water or the water supply has been disrupted.

According to the province’s press release, the following campgrounds are affected: 

  • Nopiming and Manigotagan River provincial parks, all backcountry canoe routes, and campsites are closed until further notice;
  • 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;
  • St. Malo Provincial Park, campground opening is delayed until at least May 20 due to soft ground, wet conditions, and no washrooms due to frozen water lines;
  • Adam Lake, Max Lake, and William Lake campgrounds in Turtle Mountain and William Lake provincial parks, opening is delayed until at least May 20 due to wet conditions and saturated ground;
  • Brereton Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, closure of some seasonal sites due to flooding;
  • Caddy Lake campground, including all nightly camping and some seasonal sites, and Falcon-Toniata seasonal campground in Whiteshell Provincial Park, opening will be delayed until at least May 20 due to wet conditions and saturated ground;
  • Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore seasonal sites, and West Hawk Lake, including West Hawk Trailer Village in Whiteshell Provincial Park, have some site closures until at least May 20, including all full-service sites and some sites in low lying areas;
  • White Lake Campground in Whiteshell Provincial Park is closed until at least June 2 due to high water levels and flooding;
  • Rivers Provincial Park campground, partial closure of some sites in low lying areas until at least May 20 due to wet conditions;
  • Stephenfield Provincial Park, some sites will be closed until at least May 20 due to water supply; and
  • Lake St. George Provincial Park campground is closed until further notice due to flooded access roads.

The province suggests campers wait until they have been notified before making their own cancellations. Otherwise, the traditional cancellation policy remains in effect.

Campsites that are perched at higher elevations throughout the province like the Duck Mountain, Porcupine Hills, and several northern Manitoba locations are still experiencing significant snowfall, which could cause their May long weekend opening dates to be pushed back.

Some opened sites may face limited drinking water and washroom services as crews haven’t been able to set up seasonal water lines.

For more information, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/.

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Laura Martin
Laura Martin
February 17, 2024 5:03 am

I am curious if there are alternative camping options or nearby attractions for visitors while the affected campgrounds are closed. It would be intriguing to know if there are any resources available to help campers navigate the closures and find alternative accommodations in the area.

Jonah Storm
Jonah Storm
April 19, 2024 9:17 pm

In light of the wet weather causing all these issues for Manitoba’s Provincial Campgrounds, it’s smart to stay updated on closures. Flexibility with bookings can save the day during these unpredictable times. Don’t let the soggy conditions dampen your camping plans – a bit of planning ahead can make all the difference!


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