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Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area entrance sign.

Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area

Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area is an exciting four-season facility that originated with the damming of the Dead Horse Creek and comes as a pleasant surprise to visitors to the area.  This recreation area offers a large campground and RV park, swimming, fishing, water skiing, canoeing, sailing and hiking in the summer and cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter months.  The lake is approximately 1/2 kilometre wide by 3 kilometres long.

Location:  1 mile west of Morden on Hwy #3 & 1/2 mile south on PTH #434.

Contact:

Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area
C/O 100 – 195 Stephen Street
Morden, Manitoba, R6M 1V3
Lake Telephone: 204-822-4991 (Open May 15th to Sept)
Office Telephone: 204-822-5431 (Year Round)

Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area

Lake Fax: 204-822-6842 (May 15th to Sept)
Email: lakeminn@mymts.net

Gate House Hours:

  • Open May & June Thursdays 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Open May & June Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Open June 24th to Sept. 4th – daily 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Campground Office: The friendly staff at the campground office will help you with check-in (any time after 2 pm.) and check-out (by 11 am.).  You can also buy groceries, treats and firewood.

Services: We offer laundry, bathroom and shower facilities, as well as a free sewer dump.  There is a small fee for some services.

Colert Beach at Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area

Colert Beach: Enjoy a dip in the lake or build sand castles on the beach.  Stroll along the lovely Buhler Boardwalk.  No swimming after sundown please.

Campfires: Most sites have fire rings.  Firewood can be purchased at the Campground Office.

Fishing: Cast a line and catch a big one! Pickerel, Jack/Northern  Pike and Black Crappy all call Lake Minnewatsa home.  Fishing licence required.

Picnics: Pack up your picnic basket and enjoy a fresh-air meal at one of the picnic tables throughout the park.  Please leave the picnic site spic and span.

Walking & Cycling: Stroll, run, or cycle the beautiful Kinsmen Footpath and Minnewasta Trail. (See campground map for trailhead locations.)

Golfing: Enjoy a challenging game of golf at the nearby 18 hole Minnewasta Golf and Country Club.

RATES & FEES: Click on this link to visit the Rates & Fees webpage.

 Campground Procedure

 

CS-013-Lake Minnewasta Campground Procedure 20131002 (Downloadable PDF Document)

CS-014 Lake Minnewasta Boating and Watercraft Procedure 20131012 (Downloadable PDF document.)

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Lake Minnewasta Campground Map

CAMP SITE ATTRIBUTES

There are a total of 336 sites within the Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area. They are split into five parks. Click on the map or on this link to see a larger view.

Turtle Park

Sites 1 to 28 – Seasonal Campsite
All sites have 30 + 15 amp service. Some have water/sewer and electric. Some are only water and electric.
Sites 29 & 30 – Short Term Campsites
These sites are unserviced.

Plesi Park

Sites 31 to 44 – Short Term Campsites
Close to the beach, shaded campsites for small campers, tent trailers, and tents
Sites have 30 + 15 amp plugs
NO SEWER

Upper North campground – Hesper Park

Sites 61 to 70 – Short Term Campsites
Sites 71 – 77 – Seasonal Campsites

Any size RV, NO pull through sites
All sites have 30 + 15 amp plugs
NO SEWER

Lower North campground – Elasmo Park

Sites 78 to 99
Any size RV, Some pull through sites
All sites have 30 + 15 amp plugs
NO SEWER
Sites can be doubled up if necessary

Mosasaur Park

Sites 111 to 120 – Seasonal Campsites – Double Size
Sites 121 – 336 – Short Term Campsites (306 to 310 are double sized short term campsites)
All sites have 30 + 15 amp service
All sites are fully serviced sites

Overflow

15 Unserviced sites

CAMPING GUIDELINES

All campers at Lake Minnewasta are required to follow the Lake Minnewasta Campground procedure (CS-013-Lake Minnewasta Campground Procedure 20131002) for their safety and for the safe and pleasant camping experience of others.

Registering/Checking in

  • All registered campers—both seasonal and short term—must check in at the Campground Office when they first arrive.
  • Overnight guests need to register at the Campground Office.

Campsites

  • Four adults or one family are allowed on a campsite. A family is generally defined as parent(s), with children under the age of 18. The addition of a grandparent or similar relative is also allowed. All persons must fit into the allowable camping units.
  • Each campsite is designed to accommodate one camping unit. If campers want to set up an additional tent, they need the permission of the Campground Office. An additional fee may apply.
  • Every site comes with one picnic table. If an additional picnic table is needed, campers can ask at the Campground Office.
  • Lake Minnewasta Beach & Campground is not responsible for any damages or for theft that occurs on campground property. Campers are encouraged to lock up valuables.

Campfires

  • Campfires are allowed on all sites but must be contained within the campfire ring.
  • Campers must ensure that campfires are extinguished before they leave their sites or go to bed.
  • Campfires are intended for firewood only. Garbage, debris, and scrap lumber should not be burned in the campfires. Campfire wood can be purchased at the office.

Pets
Pets are welcome at the Campground; however, owners must

  • Notify the Campground Office of their pets when they check in.
  • Ensure their pets have up-to-date shots and vaccines.
  • Not keep more than two pets on their site.
  • Be with their pets at all times and keep them inside at night.
  • Ensure their pets do not go into campground buildings.
  • Ensure their pets do not go on the boardwalk or the beach.
  • Clean up after their pets immediately.
  • Take responsibility for any damage caused by their pets.

Note: The owners of aggressive or generally disruptive dogs will be asked to remove the dog from the Campground.

Cleanliness

  • Campers are expected to dispose of garbage regularly and properly. Campers are encouraged to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass, and other materials in the designated recycle areas.
  • Hazardous waste items are not allowed in the garbage and recycle bins.
  • Campers must leave their sites in a clean and tidy condition.
  • Campers in electric/water sites must dispose of black and grey water at the dumping station. A dump cart is available at the office for a nominal fee.

Motor vehicles

  • The Campground speed limit is 10 km/hr. Drivers who violate the speed limit or drive recklessly will be reported to the local police or to Campground Security.
  • Parking is allowed in the beach parking lot or on assigned campsites.
  • Roadways must be kept clear for emergency vehicles and for other traffic. Vehicles cannot be parked on the roadway.
  • ATVs and dirt bike are not allowed on campground property.

Lake Minnewasta and Colert Beach

  • Fishing is allowed in permitted areas. Fishing is governed by Manitoba Conservation Rules and Regulations. A valid fishing license is required.
  •  The lake at Colert Beach is open for swimming during daylight hours. Swimming at Lake Minnewasta is at your own risk.
  • Boats may be stored at a campsite. If a parked boat takes up space on a neighbouring site or the roadway, it will have to be moved to the parking lot by the boat dock.

Conduct

  • Quiet hours are from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Registered campers—both seasonal and short term—are responsible for the conduct of their guests.
  •  Alcohol is permitted on campsites only. Alcohol is not permitted on playgrounds, parking lots, roadways, public buildings, the beach, or the boardwalk.
  • Drunken, disruptive, and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated and may result in eviction from the Campground. No refund will be provided.
  • Alcohol may only be transported off a campsite in its original, unopened packaging.
  • Persons must be over the age of 18 to consume alcohol on campground property and must obey the rules of the Manitoba Liquor Commission.
  • Fireworks of any kind, including fire crackers, are not permitted.
  • Vandalism and theft are not tolerated. Campground Security and local police will take necessary action to curb vandalism and theft.
  • Weapons are not permitted on campground property. Fish-cleaning knives are allowed, but must be safely stored when not in use.

Reservations/registration

  • Campers must leave a credit card number when making reservations.
  • Upon arrival, all campers must register at the Campground Office.
  • Campers can pay using cash, debit, MasterCard, or Visa. With sufficient identification, personal cheques may be accepted. Upon arrival, campers pay in full for their entire stay.
  • The Campground does not offer currency exchange. All payments are received at par.
  • Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. Check-out time is noon. If campers wish to extend their stay at that time, they can check at the Campground Office for campsite availability.
  • Sites can be booked for a minimum of one night, except during long weekends; then the minimum stay is two nights. There are no early departure refunds when a minimum-stay requirement is in effect.

Cancellations and no shows

  • The Campground will modify or cancel a reservation if contacted by phone or email:
  1. With four days’ notice (or more), campers receive a full refund, less a $10 administration fee
  2. With two or three days’ notice, campers receive a refund, minus the first night’s camping fee and a $10 administration fee
  3. With 24-hours or less notice, all fees are forfeited
  • If guests do not cancel a reservation or do not show up, all fees are forfeited.
  • If campers do not show up on the first day of a multi-day reservation, the Campground Office will hold their site until 11:00 a.m. the next day before cancelling. If the campers cannot arrive by 11:00 a.m. the next day, they must contact the Campground Office to determine if a later check-in can be accommodated.
  • Sites will not be held as a late arrival for more than one night, but will be cancelled as a no-show with all fees forfeited.
  • Early departures are refundable at the discretion of the Campground Manager.

Campsites

  • One vehicle is allowed on each campsite. Requests for additional vehicles at a site will be reviewed by the Campground Office and approved at their discretion.
  • Tenting is allowed in designated areas only.

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BOOKING

  • April 1st – those wishing to book for a month or more
  • May – 1st Monday in May for those wishing to book for a daily, weekly, monthly.
  • Please email:
  • Before May 15th: Call 204-822-5431 – Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • After May 15th: Call 204-822-4991 – Daily 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Payment may be made by Visa, Mastercard, cheque, debit (in person) or cash (in person).

BOATING

BOATsmart-BoatLicenseAll operators of motorized and non-motorized water craft must follow the Lake Minnewasta Boating and Watercraft procedure (CS-014 Lake Minnewasta Boating and Watercraft Procedure 20131012) to ensure their own safety and the safe and pleasant boating experiences of other lake users.
Boat operator’s responsibilities

  • Power boat operators must be able to produce a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
  • Boat operators must register all boats and water craft at the gate and ensure a valid pass is displayed on the trailer (either seasonal or daily pass).
  • If boat operators want to launch before the front gate is open or after it is closed, they are required to buy a pass at the Campground Office.
  • Boat operators are responsible for themselves, their boats, and their passengers.

Restrictions

  • Only fishing boats and non-motorized craft are allowed on the lake before noon and after 8 p.m.
  • On Tuesday and Thursdays, power boats that create wakes are not allowed on the lake after 6 p.m.
  • Boat launch control gates close at 11 p.m. and open at 6 a.m.
  • Boat launch control gates are closed at the discretion of lake management, for security, maintenance, water conditions quality, and/or public safety.
  • A maximum of six power boats (e.g., jet skis, jet-powered boats, or horsepower boats) are allowed on the lake at one time. Jet-powered boats are in the same category as 45+ horsepower boats.

Conduct

  • Careless and dangerous boating is not tolerated. Reckless boaters will be reported to the local police.
  • All power boat (e.g., jet skis, jet-powered boats, and horsepower boats) must follow the boat route. (See Appendix.)
  • All boat operators must stay to the left of the buoys that mark the boat launch area.
  • Power boats yield to smaller vessels.
  • Boat operators are expected to be respectful of all water users.Parking.
  • All boat trailers must be parked in the designated parking area at the entrance to the boat launch area.
  • Campers with boats can store them at their campsites. If a parked boat takes up space on a neighbouring campsite or the roadway, it will have to be moved to the parking lot by the boat dock.

Responsibility

The local police are responsible for enforcing the Lake Minnewasta Boating and Watercraft Policy. The Campground Manager is responsible for ensuring all campground staff understand the policy. Any concerns or questions should be brought to the attention of the Community Service Department.

Lake Minnewasta Boat Route Map

There are two areas at either end of Lake Minnewasta that are restricted to motorized boats, the beach area and the back of the lake. Restricting the area at the back of the lake enables the vegetation that fish use to spawn, to mature, as well as improves the water quality.

Lake Minnewasta Boat Route Map

All power boat operators are required to follow this route for their own safety and for the safe and pleasant experience of other boat operators.

Fishing

Fishing licences are available in Morden at Morden Home Hardware, Thornview Groceries and Video Visions. Worms can be purchased at Video Visions.

Morden Home Hardware
900 Thornhill St., Morden
822-3550

Thornview Grocery Inc.
274 Thornhill St., Morden
822-4684

Video Visions/Morden Car Wash
1-801 Stephen St., Morden
822-4245