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WHITESHELL WATER UPDATE: MAY 16

Posted on: May 16, 2022  |   , ,

Manitoba Parks has shared the following update today:

Water levels remain high throughout Whiteshell Provincial Park. Caddy, Falcon and Star Lakes are reporting a slight decrease in levels today comparted to yesterday. Other lakes throughout the park are reporting a slight increase or remaining level from the weekend with the exception of lake along the Winnipeg River.

Nutimik, Dorothy, Margaret, Eleanor and Sylvia Lakes along the Winnipeg River system are expected to continue rising as water moves from Lake of the Woods through the Winnipeg River system. Water levels rise quickly in these area due to natural restrictions of water along the river.

Manitoba Parks staff are working in conjunction with staff from the department of Manitoba, Transportation and Infrastructure (MTI) to monitor lake levels and adjust control structures where possible. MTI removed pieces of floating bog this morning from the Reed Falls control structure.

A sandbagging machine is making prefilled sandbags for distribution at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond. Please be careful when attending this location and avoid machinery and staff while working.  Pre-filled bags have been delivered to this location last night and this morning. These bags are dumped in rough piles from large trucks, please be prepared to dig through the piles and we recommend wearing gloves. Demand is high and Manitoba Parks is looking at options to increase sandbag production. Cottagers which are looking for a small number of bags and can make their own should come prepared with a shovel.

There is a new location for cottagers to access sand bags for filling and sand at Jessica Lake Block 3-4 (ER 61) at the garbage collection site. Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at seven locations: the Otter Falls Ball Diamond, across from Nutimik Maintenance Yard, the Betula Ball Diamond, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard and the causeway at Falcon Lake.

PR 307 between Betula Lake and White Lake remains closed. PR 312 near Caddy Lake is closed.  Water is still rising in this area. Water is covering the highways on PTH 44 near McGillvray Falls and PR 309 near Meditation Lake. The PR 309 flooded area is rough in spots.

Water is present on several block roads throughout the park. High Rock Road at West Hawk, Jessica Lake Block 5-6-7-8 and White Lake Block 4 all have larger areas of water on the roadways. Caution should be used when travelling through flooded areas.

Following boat launches are closed: White Lake, Jessica Lake, Rennie River/ Heart Lake, Nutimik Lake Block 1, Opapiskaw, South Shore Big Whiteshell, Toniata, Brereton Lake North Shore (Inverness Falls), and Falcon Beach Campground.  All boat traffic should be cautious of debris and items submerged below the surface.

To minimize potential erosion caused by boat wakes, recreational motor boat restrictions are in place. Recreational motor boat traffic is prohibited from operating within 100 metres of shorelines on: West Hawk, Falcon, Caddy, Star, Brereton, Jessica, White, Big Whiteshell, Betula, Nutimik, Dorothy, Margaret and Eleanor Lakes in Whiteshell Provincial Park. When exiting or approaching the shoreline, boats should move directly out from land and avoid creating a wake.

The following hiking trails are closed: Alfred Hole, the Marsh Trail (between Falcon Lake Marina and Beach Campground), TransCanada Trail at Penniac Bay, and Whiteshell River. Mantario Hiking Trail remains open, however the south trailhead is closed. Hikers should use the north trailhead for both the start and end of their trip. All hikers should be prepared to encounter high water especially at McGillivray Falls, Pine Point Rapids and Rainbow Falls. Water is still very cold and extra caution should be used near shorelines. As of today the Falcon Creek Hiking Trail has reopened.

The Caddy Lake Tunnels along the canoe route are impassable and closed.

Campers should check the Manitoba Parks homepage for the status of campgrounds prior to coming to the park. Several campgrounds have full or partial closures.

If cottagers have any questions, concerns or urgent matters regarding the high water please contact Manitoba Parks at 204-340-6769.  To report an emergency please contact 911 if located in the South Whiteshell and if in the North Whiteshell contact the Whitemouth RCMP detachment at 204-348-7177. Inquires regarding camping or normal operations should can be directed to the regular inquiry line at 1-800-214-6497.

We encourage everyone to check manitoba511.ca before travelling (you can also call 511 anywhere in Manitoba to get updates by phone).

 

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