Flood-Related Repairs Continue in Riding Mountain

Riding Mountain National Park Flooding
A restored creek bed in Riding Mountain National Park after flooding in 2011. (PARKS CANADA)
Riding Mountain National Park Flooding
Crews work at McKinnon Creek in Riding Mountain National Park. (PARKS CANADA)

Repairs to infrastructure following the 2011 flood are still underway in Riding Mountain National Park.

Federal funding of $5.7 million has assisted the park to facilitate the repairs, which weren’t just limited to the townsite of Wasagaming.

“It’s important we do everything we can to protect and maintain national parks, like Riding Mountain,” said Dauphin — Swan River — Marquette MP Robert Sopuck.

“The improvements to the damaged infrastructure resulting from the flooding were of vital importance for the safety and enjoyment of our visitors and crucial to the overall health of the delicate ecosystems in the park.”

Repairs will continue into the 2014 season, and include:

  • A new route on the Ominnik Marsh Walk for visitors to enjoy an alternative shorter walk.
  • New floating docks, equipped to withstand the elements and the ever changing lake conditions, have been installed along the Lakeshore Walk.
  • The creek channel on MicKinnon Creek has been rebuilt in a series of riffles and pools to enable fish migration. In addition, stream banks were excavated, sloped, and erosion prevention materials were installed. Grasses and shrubs were also added to enable additional stabilization and erosion control.