It's forecast to be at one of its highest levels in years, depending on rainfall over the next few weeks.
The lake level is estimated to hit 1,061 feet above sea level (323.4 metres) at the end of June, one of the highest levels since 1945. The lake's highest recorded levels before that were in 1950, 1941 and 1927.
The Lake of the Woods Control Board has already increased the amount of water discharged from the lake from the Norman Dam into the Winnipeg River. The Winnipeg River empties into Lake Winnipeg at Traverse Bay.
Mantario Hiking Trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park
The trail is closed due a severe wind storm last July that knocked down trees, blocking 40 of its 63 kilometres. High rainfall hampered cleanup last year and this year Conservation Department workers have been seconded to fight the flood.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Kiche Manitou lower campground in Spruce Woods Provincial Park will remain closed until at least July 28, affecting 121 camping spots. Flooding this spring also damaged the park office and the concession area. The Spirit Sands and Devils Punch Bowl, two primary attractions, are currently inaccessible. A trailer now serves as the park office. Camping is still available at higher levels.
Lake Manitoba area campgrounds
Campgrounds at Lundar Beach, St. Ambroise and Watchorn provincial parks are closed for the season due to high water levels.
Grand Beach Provincial Park
Camping is unaffected. West Beach is currently closed due to reconstruction of the boardwalk following last year's storm.
Duck Mountain and Turtle Mountain parks
Some campgrounds in these parks may be partially closed at the moment because of a late snowfall.
William Lake Provincial Park
Portions of all trails are under water and impassable at the moment. No boat docks are in place due to high water levels.
The Forks River Walkway
The level of the Red River at James Avenue on Thursday was 17.74 feet. The normal summer water level at James Avenue is about seven feet. This means the Assiniboine and Red Rivers have to come down close to 10 feet for the walkway to be above water.
Prohibition on boating
The Winnipeg Police Service river patrol unit has issued an order prohibiting boating on the Red, Assiniboine and Seine rivers within the city because of high river levels and strong currents. This prohibition includes all power and paddling vessels. No one can say when the ban might be lifted.
High river levels have kept adult and school-aged dragon boaters involved in the River City Dragon Boat Club off city waterways this year. They've been practising at an Island Lakes retention pond at De La Seigneurie Boulevard and Dockside Way. The River City Dragon Boat Festival is June 10 to 12, when adult teams race to raise money for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, and the school teams race to raise money for Kidsport. More than 1,925 paddlers expected to be involved in this year's event.
The MS River Rouge big-boat cruises are on hold. The ship, docked in Lockport, can't traverse the locks at St. Andrews until the Red River drops. The best scenario is that cruises will begin in early June from a temporary dock in Winnipeg.
High river levels prevented the nine-stop Splash Dash River Tours water bus from operating last year and the outlook doesn't look great for this year, either. Business owner Gord Cartwright said he will begin his half-hour historic tours as soon as the police lift their ban on boat traffic.
A watery snapshot
Manitoba lake levels: as of May 16
(in feet above sea level)
Level: Desirable level:
Lake Winnipeg (Gimli): 716.3 711 to 715
Lake Manitoba: 814.7 810.9 to 812.9
Oak Lake: 1,412.27 1,409 to 1410.5
Rock Lake: 1,336.20 1,328 to 1,330
Lake St. Martin: 804.22 798 to 802
Dauphin Lake: 859.43 853 to 854.8