Whiteshell park open to drivers, but some restrictions remain

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Vehicle access in Whiteshell Provincial Park has been fully restored, but flooding continues to put a damper on camping and boating activities.

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Vehicle access in Whiteshell Provincial Park has been fully restored, but flooding continues to put a damper on camping and boating activities.

The Manitoba government announced Wednesday Provincial Road 307 is fully open through the north Whiteshell area from Seven Sisters Falls to Rennie.

However, repairs are ongoing and floodwater remains on the road in some areas, the province said. Delays should be expected when travelling through the park.

The Otter Falls and White Lake campgrounds will be closed until at least July 29 due to flooding; Rainbow Beach Provincial Park campground will be closed until at least July 21, though the beach is open for day use; and Birch Point Provincial Park campground and boat launch will be closed until at least July 21 due to overland flooding.

High water levels on Lake of the Woods may result in an extended closure of the boat launch, the province said.

Watercraft restrictions are in place on lakes in Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks to reduce erosion and property damage from wakes on flooded shorelines.

Canoeists and kayakers are to steer clear of the Caddy Lake tunnels at this time even though they have reopened. The province said water levels remain high with strong currents. Paddling through the tunnels is not recommended until water levels recede.

Campers, cottagers and residents in the north Whiteshell are encouraged to check for boil-water advisories. Water fill stations and pump houses in the area may be under a boil-water order until tests are conducted to confirm the water is safe for drinking.

People should be prepared to boil their water or take their own drinking water.

The government said reservation holders will be contacted if a campsite closure affects their bookings. In these cases, reservation holders can request a full refund or to move their reservation to an available site.

Campers should not pre-emptively cancel reservations before being notified of a site closure, otherwise cancellation policies will apply, the province said.

Future rainfall could worsen conditions in several campgrounds across the province, the government said.

More information is available at www.manitobaparks.com

— Staff

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