Fishing, boating and aquatic invasive species inspections in Riding Mountain National Park 

Parks Canada is pleased to welcome visitors to Riding Mountain National Park for yet another exciting summer season of outdoor exploration – which includes boating, fishing and swimming on the many lakes located within the park. In order to ensure the safety of everyone enjoying our waterways, we ask that you review the important information below before bringing watercrafts into park waters.

Power Boating Safety

During the summer months, Clear Lake is a busy waterbody. With the high volume of motorized and non-motorized watercrafts using the lake on any given day, users are asked to be diligent in safe boating practices. The Small Vessel Regulations describe all of the required safety equipment watercraft users are required to carry with them while on the water. We also recommend reviewing Transport Canada’s Boating Safety website which offers great resources for boaters of any experience level.

Watercraft users are also reminded that intoxication from cannabis and/or liquor may result in impairment of judgement. Transportation or consumption of cannabis/liquor on any watercraft in Riding Mountain National Park is prohibited pursuant to the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Control Act.

Park staff would like to ask all power boaters to:

  • Respect the marked 30m “no wake” zones along the shoreline
  • Share the water – powerboats MUST give right of way to human-powered vessels, including sailboats
  • Prepare for your adventure by visiting the Adventure Smart website
  • Ensure your vessel has the required safety equipment by reviewing Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide
  • Avoid picking up passengers at all park swimming docks. The area is filled with swimmers and motorized boats moving in and out of that space creates a safety concern. Instead, please use the East End, Main Pier or Boat Cove docks.

Fishing Compliance

Fishing is regulated by the National Parks Fishing Regulations. Possession and use of prohibited tackle are considered offences under the regulations. Prior to engaging in recreational fishing, anglers may find it helpful to look at the Riding Mountain National Park Fishing Regulations brochure available in print at any location where fishing permits are sold, as well as online at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/mb/riding/activ/rec/activ1-fsh

At Riding Mountain National Park there is a restriction on boat motors that prohibits the use of older less efficient 2-stroke engines. The purpose of the restriction is to reduce exhaust pollution going into lakes from motors that do not meet emissions standards. Direct fuel-injected 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines are allowed - however 2-stroke motors that are carbureted or have electronic fuel injection do not meet emissions standards and are, therefore, prohibited from use. If boaters are unsure about the emissions technology utilized in their motors, they can look for one of the following three engine emissions stickers: 

Further questions about boating safety, fishing or motor compliance may be answered by calling the Park Warden office at 204-848-7109.  

Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation 61A

Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation 61A is located on the west shore of Clear Lake. We kindly ask visitors to respect their privacy and private property. If you would like to access 61A lands, we advise visitors to contact Keeseekoowenin First Nations Band office at 204-625-2004 to obtain necessary permission.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program

At the Boat Cove, the safety of both visitors and park staff is of utmost concern. When heading into the Boat Cove area, drivers must respect the posted speed limit and make full stops at both stop signs in order to avoid collisions and keep everyone safe. 

Please refer to the photo below to determine which lane to use when driving into the cove. If using the ‘Valid Permit Holder/Through Traffic’ lane, ensure that you have your permit visible and ready to show the inspector. The inspectors still need to ensure your permit is valid and confirm that your watercraft has not been launched outside of the park. For more detailed information on the AIS program, including inspection locations, visit the Riding Mountain National Park Boating and Paddling page.

Whirling Disease

If you are planning to take a trip to Alberta with your watercraft, please be aware that Whirling Disease is present in many areas within Alberta, including Banff National Park. Whirling Disease is caused by a microscopic parasite that infects trout and whitefish. It can be spread through the movement of water by recreational watercrafts, transporting fish, or water-related equipment such as felt-soled waders. We recommend that you ensure that you take the proper steps to clean, drain, and dry your watercraft after leaving a waterbody. Because Whirling Disease can last a long time on a dry surface, watercrafts that have launched in moderate to high risk areas within Alberta will not be allowed to launch this season. To find out which waterbodies have been affected by Whirling Disease please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/whirling-disease.aspx.

Boat Parking

The boat parking area can be accessed by all permitted park watercraft users. Parks Canada staff have been working with a group of recreational sailors to address issues like ‘mast up’ parking.  We have made changes to the lot to create dedicated spaces along the North side of the lot for sailboats to park in a ‘mast up’ position. Motorboat users are still asked to use the areas, as identified. 

Empty boat trailers not being used to launch and retrieve boats while on the water or other types of trailers (storage, construction, etc.) are not to be left in the lot.  This area is for watercraft users only – and is being monitored to ensure compliant use. 

User access to the Boat Parking Lot for the 2020 and 2021 boating seasons is available from June 1 to Oct 15. This timeframe allows for the continuation of lot maintenance and essential park operations. 

Please note: Launch ramps at the Boat Cove and East End launch area are cleaned by Park staff on a regular and as needed basis.

In Riding Mountain National Park, we strive to make decisions and act in a way that ensures sustainable, quality visitor experiences for all user groups, while managing recreation in a way that protects the ecological and cultural integrity of the park. AIS inspection staff focus their efforts on ensuring watercraft use on park waters does not negatively impact ecological integrity. If you have ideas to share or you require further information about recreational experiences on park waters not addressed in this information sheet, please contact us directly at:

Telephone: 204-848-7275
Fax: 204-848-2596
Email: pc.info-riding@canada.ca