Manitoba Parks has announced some additional reopenings in the Whiteshell.
Provincial Road (PR) 307 in Whiteshell Provincial Park is now fully open through the north Whiteshell area from Seven Sisters Falls to Rennie. Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure is continuing ongoing repairs of PR 307 and floodwaters remain on the road in some areas. Expect delays when travelling in the park, use caution and drive slowly when coming up to or passing work crews.
The Caddy Lake Tunnels have also reopened. However, water levels remain high with very strong currents. Paddling through the tunnels is not recommended until water levels recede further.
The Otter Falls and White Lake campgrounds remain impacted by floodwaters and will remain closed until at least July 29.
Water fill stations and pump houses in the north Whiteshell area may be operating under a boil water order until the water tests safe for consumption. Campers, cottagers and residents returning to the park should be prepared to boil their water or supply their own drinking water.
Watercraft restrictions remain in place on lakes in Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks to limit erosion and property damage from boat wakes along flooded shorelines.
The Rainbow Beach Provincial Park campground is closed until at least July 21 due to floodwaters. The beach is open for day use. Water levels on Dauphin Lake remain very high and strong northern winds push lake water into the park.
The Birch Point Provincial Park campground and boat launch will remain closed until at least July 21 due to overland flooding. Water levels remain high on Lake of the Woods, which may result in an extended closure.
Future rainfall may continue to make wet conditions worse in several other campgrounds across the province, which could result in partial campsite closures. Reservation holders will be contacted if they are affected by a campsite closure and can then request a full refund or move their reservation to another available location. Campers should not pre-emptively cancel reservations before being notified of a site closure, otherwise, cancellation policies will apply.
Flood conditions continue to pose a risk to public safety and all visitors are reminded to check and carefully monitor conditions prior to heading to provincial parks.