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Dock Bubblers, De-icers and Submersible Water Pumps

Posted on: March 9, 2022  |  

In 2018, Manitoba Parks developed a policy which addressed the use of winter dock bubblers, de-icers and submersible water pumps installed by owners and occupiers of vacation home lots within Provincial Parks.

Dock bubblers and/or submersible pumps are typically installed at the edge of docks and/or boathouse structures, used as a preventative measure to mitigate against ice damage to such public reserve development. However, this practice of installing pumps results in areas of open water and unsafe ice conditions that pose a risk to neighboring cottagers and ice users alike.

Due to the high risk to public safety and liability concerns associated with this activity, Manitoba Parks strictly prohibits the independent use of any equipment installed within the water to create thin ice or open water conditions within Provincial Parks. In the event that such work is brought to the Departments attention, action will be taken to immediately cease use and removal of these systems. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Manitoba Parks at 204-945-8872, by email at or your local district office directly.

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