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Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve
Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve encompasses the Riding Mountain National Park core area, the transition zone of municipalities surrounding the Park area including the Duck Mountain Provincial Forest.
The Reserve is managed by a Biosphere Reserve Management Committee (BRMC) of adjoining municipalities, area residents and representatives from Riding Mountain National Park and the Province of Manitoba. The committee provides public education on ecosystems, ecotourism and sustainability related to the agricultural economy. The municipal partners encompass 5 PARC communities of Town & RM of Grandview, Town & RM of Gilbert Plains and the RM of Dauphin.
Underdeveloped potential for recreational opportunities, parks and accommodations to serve the tourism and outfitting industry are possible. Recreational fishing is very popular on the lakes and rivers. Maps, activities and more can be found at Parkland Tourism and Travel Manitoba.
Golf & Country Club’s in the area offer scenic golf courses with clubhouse and professional shop. Facilities play host to various community tournaments throughout the summer months.
Keld Park is located 6 miles west of Dauphin on Hwy 5 & 10, 8 miles south on Hwy 274, 2 miles west on Hwy 274 and 4 ¼ miles south on Mile Road 119 west. There is free camping, outdoor bathrooms, a cook shack, green space and has the Vermillion River running through it.
Sifton Beach is located 15 miles north of Dauphin on Hwy 20 north, 3 miles east on Mile Road 162 north and ¼ mile north along the lake. There is a beach area, free camping, outdoor bathrooms, changing rooms and green space.
Stoney Point Beach
Stoney Point Beach is located 8 miles north of Dauphin on Hwy 20 north, 6 miles east on Mile Road 153 north, 1 ¼ miles south and east on Road 103 west, on the shores of Lake Dauphin. There are camping sites available for camping and tenting, three washroom facilities, showers, fire pits, picnic tables and cook shack. Weekly and monthly prices are also available. For more information contact Stoney Point Beach Committee at (204) 638-6052
Gilbert Plains Centennial Park
Centennial Park is located in the heart of the Town of Gilbert Plains adjacent to the prestigious 18 hole golf course along the private Spring Water Lake. There is a campground, outdoor bathrooms, changing rooms, green space and a playground.
Rainbow Beach Provincial Park
Rainbow Beach is located on the sunny southern shore of Lake Dauphin 10 ½ miles east of Dauphin on PR#20. There is a beach for swimming, shore & trail walking, fishing and water sports. Adjacent to the beach is a playground, baseball diamond, modern campground, group-use camping area, concession and modern washrooms, The Dauphin 18-hole golf course is just minutes away.
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
There are plenty of year-round activities such as scuba diving, fishing, backpacking, hiking, enjoying the beaches and playgrounds in the summer or cross-country skiing, fishing and snowmobiling in the winter, that attract thousands of visitors to the natural undisturbed features, cultural heritage and recreational paradise.
The natural landscape provides an excellent environment for wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities. Wildlife includes moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, fox, lynx, coyote, timber wolf, snowshoe hare, raccoon, muskrat, mink, beaver, partridge, sharp-tailed grouse, great horned owl and a nesting ground for waterfowl birds.
There is an abundance of native and stocked fish in many of the lakes and streams. The variety of brook, speckled, rainbow, brown and lake trout, splake, muskellunge, pickerel, northern pike and whitefish have made the park a popular place for anglers year round.
Riding Mountain National Park
The park’s central location in the community provides a location for camping, picnics and family gatherings. It is situated near the arena, ball diamonds and walking trails.
Wilson Centennial Park
The park is the site of Theodore Burrows Sawmill, the Watson Crossley Community Museum and the agricultural community centre. The museum has a large collection from the early history of the community, including displays of antique automobiles and farm machinery, a pioneer home, rural school house, early settler’s log house and former Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Lake of the Prairies
Lake of the Prairies, which is located 10 kilometres (6 miles) west of the Town of Roblin, was constructed in 1968 by the impounding of the Assiniboine River near the community of Shellmouth. The lake that formed behind the Shellmouth Dam is 67 kilometres (42 miles) long and has a surface area of 6,071 hectares (15,000 acres). While the Dam was originally constructed as a flood control measure, the lake has developed as one of North America’s premier locales for catching walleye, yellow perch and northern pike year-round. The annual catch of walleye is as much as five times the provincial average. The lake is also ideal for canoeing and features boat launch and camping facilities.
Asessippi Provincial Park
Asessippi Provincial Park is situated 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Roblin and the RM of Hillsburg at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Shell Rivers and, in addition to various cross-country ski, snowmobile and hiking trails, also provides camping facilities, boating, water-sports and walleye fishing on the lake, as well as the Asessippi Ski Area & Winter Park. The park includes 20 downhill ski runs, a snowboarding terrain park, snow tubing runs and a fully serviced village complex.
Crocus Trail is part of the Trans-Canada Trail which offers additional outdoor activities for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. The trail is over 140 kilometres (87 miles) long and connects Russell, Inglis, Roblin, San Clara and Madge Lake. The trail connects the Town of Roblin to Lake of the Prairies, the Duck Mountain Provincial Forest & Park and Madge Lake just across the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
The abundance of wildlife has provided long-term benefit to the area residents for photographic viewing in its natural habitat or for hunting in designated areas. Wildlife populations are sufficient to meet the public demand such as domestic, recreational, educational, and commercial and for protection & enhancement. The majority of the CLI Land Capability for Wildlife Resources in the PARC region is rated Class 3 for ungulate wildlife (elk, deer & moose). A band of Class 1 surrounds the Duck Mountain Provincial Forest for provides for basically unlimited production of ungulates.
The Manitoba Wildlife Federation Habitat Foundation manages 80 acres on NE ¼ 9-26-22W and Ducks Unlimited has conservation agreements with individual landowners but do not manage any large-scale projects in the Mountainview Planning District.