North Whiteshell Provincial Park to reopen to residents

The North Whiteshell Provincial Park will be reopening on Friday after being closed due to flooding.

The province confirmed access to the provincial park will be given to cottage owners, permanent residents, and commercial operators and clients.

The reopening will be the first chance residents will be able to access the region since it was closed in mid-May.


While access is being granted, the Manitoba government is still urging those heading into the area to monitor flood-related advisories.

“Temporary traffic signals will be in place to ensure traffic safety in an area of single-lane traffic that has been raised to provide access. Other locations of single-lane traffic with sufficient visibility will be controlled by ‘yield to oncoming traffic’ signage,” said the province in a statement.

“Travellers are advised to expect delays and proceed with caution on these temporary roadways, drive to the conditions and abide by signals and signage. Be advised, cottage subdivision block roads and other access roads may be in poor condition or flooded and caution is strongly advised.”

Anyone looking to camp in the area will still have to wait. Campsites will remain barricaded for the time being due to flood waters and safety concerns.

Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks believe the Winnipeg River will crest this week, but add it might take a few more weeks before the river recedes enough to safely open additional areas of the provincial park.

The Whiteshell River also remains high and continues to cause overland flooding. Due to this, the Betula Lake closure will remain in effect.

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