Manitoba Provincial Parks Report Delayed Openings

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May 13, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Outdoor enthusiasts who were looking forward to sleeping out under the stars this weekend at one of the province’s campgrounds are going to have to wait longer than expected because of high water levels on several rivers and lakes in Manitoba, Global Winnipeg reported.

Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie confirmed flooding will delay the opening of some campgrounds, and that other sites have been impacted by cool weather and recent snowfalls. While many campgrounds were scheduled to open today (May 13), some openings will be delayed for a week or longer.

"We are experiencing unprecedented conditions this spring and that will have an impact on provincial campgrounds," Blaikie said in a recent news release. "These impacts are a combination of flooding, road closures and recent cool weather and snowfall. We felt it was important to let seasonal campers and campers with reservations at these sites know as soon as possible so alternate arrangements can be made."

At this time, several campgrounds in Duck Mountain Provincial Park and western Manitoba will open late. Other provincial park campgrounds will be closed for the season, including Lundar Beach, St. Ambroise and Watchorn parks along the shores of Lake Manitoba. Kiche Manitou lower campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park will remain closed until July 28.

Manitoba Parks officials are contacting campers with current reservations. For more information on the delayed openings and season closures, visit the Manitoba Parks website.

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