Boating and Paddling
Protecting park waters
Help keep zebra mussels out of the park. Get your mandatory inspection before launching your motorboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and inflatables into the water. Inspections are free and only take 15-30 minutes. See below for inspection station hours.
Riding Mountain National Park has taken significant steps to prevent aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels from entering waterways in the park.
Due to the increased risk, our AIS prevention program is changing for the 2019 season.
What do I need to know about watercraft inspections and permits?
MANDATORY INSPECTIONS are required for motorboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and inflatables entering RMNP waters. This includes Clear Lake, South Lake, and all outlying lakes (Deep Lake, Lake Audy, Moon Lake, Whirlpool Lake & Lake Katherine) as well as all streams and rivers. The service is free of charge and watercraft passing inspection will receive a permit from Parks Canada. See inspection schedule below.
- Inspections are available seven days a week at the Clear Lake Boat Cove and on weekends at the East End boat launch (at the Clear Lake Golf Course entrance). See schedule below.
- During the shoulder season, you can schedule inspections in advance by calling Parks Canada at (204) 848-7275.
- Inspections can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your boat. If decontamination is necessary, you will have to make an appointment and the decontamination process can take 30-60 minutes. Factor this time into your trip planning.
- Weekly permits are still available for the 2019 season.
- When you launch your motorboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and inflatables outside of RMNP, your permit becomes invalid. In order to re-enter park waters, re-inspection is mandatory.
- Park Wardens will be monitoring watercraft and doing checks to ensure that watercraft operators have received inspections and possess valid permits. Non-compliant operators face a maximum fine of $100,000.
New this year to the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program in Riding Mountain National Park:
Seasonal Permits for watercraft owners.
A boater or paddler that wants to know more about Aquatic Invasive Species?
A boater or paddler who is interested in a Seasonal Permit for your boat?
Live in or around Riding Mountain National Park?
Want to share the knowledge and skills gained with your family and friends?
Then the Seasonal Permit Orientation Session is for you!
You will learn more about the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program in Riding Mountain National Park, participate in hands-on skill development, complete a written quiz and be provided with the tools necessary to share your knowledge with everyone you know.
Upon completion of the session and your initial mandatory inspection, a seasonal permit will be issued to use your vessel within Riding Mountain National Park waters. When you launch your motorboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and inflatables outside of RMNP, your permit becomes invalid. In order to re-enter park waters, re-inspection is mandatory.
Sessions will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete and will be located at the Visitor Centre in Wasagaming unless noted in specific communities. Sessions are being planned for Dauphin, McCreary and Rossburn, dates to be determined.
Changes to the program from 2018 that are still in affect
Banning of leeches as fishing bait. Due to the increased risk of spreading microscopic zebra mussel veligers (larvae) via natural bait, the use and possession of leeches is prohibited. Parks Canada encourages fishers to confine the use of tackle to individual lakes and to ensure that all fishing gear is clean and dry before entering park waters.
Weekly permits for canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards visiting RMNP. Visitors seeking weekly permits for watercraft will be issued a permit that will only remain valid for the duration of their stay, for a maximum of 7 days. Re-inspection for return trips is mandatory.