Rivers Provincial Park
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Introduction

Rivers Provincial Park covers 93.9 acres (38 hectares) of rolling prairie. The mixed grasses meet with the waters of Lake Wahtopanah.

The lake is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and sunbathing. The beach also offers access to restrooms, changing huts, and showers. The day use area features play structures and beach volleyball courts. Near the day use area, visitors will find a concession stand which serves favorites like burgers, fried ice cream, and funnel cake sundaes. Guests can also play a round of mini golf at the park’s putt-putt golf course

Fishermen can take to the lake in search of pike, walleye, and perch. The lake allows both canoes and motor boats from its boat launch and in the winter months is open to ice fishing.

Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy exploring the park and connecting from park trails to surrounding trails in the area.

The Rivers Provincial Park campground offers 51 campsites with electrical, water, and sewer hookups. The campground is open May through September. Campers can access showers, restrooms, picnic areas, and a boat launch.

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Transportation in Rivers Provincial Park

Driving

Rivers Provincial Park is located in Manitoba, Canada. The park sits on the west side of Lake Wahtopanah, one mile (1.6 kilometers) east of the Town of Rivers. It is just over a two and a half hour drive from Winnipeg.

Campers can access the park by traveling 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) north from the town of Brandon on Highway 10 then proceeding 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) west on Highway 25 to the park entrance.

Park roads into Rivers Provincial Park are paved, as are all the roads throughout Rivers Provincial Park Campground. All roads are accessible for RVs and vehicles towing trailers or boats.

Visitors can easily navigate the campground area and reach swimming and boat launch areas on foot.

Bicycles are welcome at Rivers Provincial Park. There are no designated biking trails, but biking is allowed on all park and campground roads. All bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

Parking

Parking is available at Rivers Provincial Park Campground, at the day use area, and near the boat launch.

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Campgrounds and parking in Rivers Provincial Park

Campsites in Rivers Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Rivers Provincial Park Campground

Rivers Provincial Park Campground offers RV camping from May through September. The campground features 51 campsites with electrical, water, and sewer hookups. Generator use is allowed except for during quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Campers have easy access to showers and restrooms. Each campsite features a picnic table and fire pit. Drinking water is available and pets are allowed on leash.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Rivers Provincial Park

In-Season

Hiking

Rivers Provincial Park’s rolling mixed grass prairies and lake shores offer a scenic environment for hiking enthusiasts to explore. An extensive trail system leads through the park and into the surrounding areas. The region is also popular for off-trail and backcountry hiking. Rangers remind those hiking off trail to never hike alone and to notify others of your planned route and return dates. Do not feed or harass wild animals that you encounter on the trails.

Boating

Lake Wahtopanah is a popular destination for local boaters and visiting guests. At 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) long, it offers plenty of space for a day on the water. The lake permits the use of both canoes and motor boats. Campers can canoe around the lake and camp in the park’s backcountry. Boaters who prefer a bit more speed can enjoy water skiing and tubing on the lake as well. A boat launch is available for use.

Swimming

The beach at Rivers Provincial Park is popular with visiting campers and with locals who come to enjoy the day use area in season. Lake Wahtopanah’s cool waters offer the perfect retreat from the summer heat. Sunbathers are common, and changing huts are available. Boating is not allowed in the swimming area, so boaters must remain in other portions of the lake. The beach is unsupervised. Lifeguards are not on duty. Swimmers should exercise caution and not take to the water alone.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Rivers Provincial Park is the perfect destination for an outdoor meal no matter the time of year. The ample day-use amenities and picnic areas offer something for everyone. Set up near the swimming beach to enjoy the waves along with your lunch or play a game of beach volleyball. If you’d rather buy your lunch in the park, stop by the park’s concession stand, for favorites like deep fried ice cream or a funnel cake sundae.

Fishing

The waters of Lake Wahtopanah reach 50 feet at their farthest depths, making them a great environment for native species like pike, walleye, and perch. Fishermen can spend the day fishing on the water by motorboat, sailboat, or canoe, or hike along the lake shore to find a secluded spot. For those using boats, a boat launch is available near the day use area. In the winter months, the lake is open to anglers for ice fishing.

Miniature Golf

The day use area at Rivers Provincial Park is a popular haunt for locals. One unique feature of the park is its miniature golf course. The mini golf greens are open from mid-May to mid-September and are located near the swimming beach. Putters of all ages are welcome to try their hand at a hole-in-one. After a round of golf, guests can stop by the park concession stand, for burgers and ice cream.

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