Posted on: August 31, 2016 | General News
Manitoba Sustainable Development has determined that this year’s wild rice harvest in Whiteshell Provincial Park get underway effective immediately for both hand-picking and mechanical harvest.
As a result of heavy rains and flooding in the area this season, the wild rice crop is expected to be poor on most lakes in the Whiteshell.
Camping for harvesters in traditional locations such as Lone Island, Flags of Freedom, the picnic area at the Rennie River Bridge and the Betula group use area will be permitted. All regular camping fees will apply for those choosing to stay in a provincial campground.
As in past years, lakes in the Whiteshell are divided into two categories for harvesting purposes. Harvesting must be done by hand at Lone Island, Little Whiteshell, Mallard, Crowduck and Brant Lakes as well as the portion of the Whiteshell River from Jessica to Mallard Lakes.
Mechanical equipment may be used on Heart, Echo, Little Echo, South Cross, Jessica, Betula and White Lakes.
Anyone seeking information about the rice harvest or general regulations, including fees can contact the office in Rennie at 204-369-3152 or the Seven Sisters District office at 204-348-4005.