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Current River Conditions:

With the warmer weather in the recent days, Winnipeg's rivers and retention ponds have begun to thaw in many areas. Although they may appear completely frozen, caution should always be used as with the warmer weather, currents and outflows of water from varying sources, ice conditions will deteriorate and become unsafe. The Winnipeg Police Service considers all frozen bodies of water within the City of Winnipeg to be unsafe for recreational activities at this time.

The exceptions are areas that are checked and monitored for these activities. Links to City of Winnipeg pond skating conditions and The Forks skating trail can be found at:

Updated 2018-03-06

The Winnipeg Police Service River Patrol is part of the Traffic Unit. The River Patrol is committed to enhancing the year-round use and safety of all navigable and frozen waterways including various retention ponds by education, enforcement of respective laws, acts, by-laws and regulations, and to further provide technical and advisory support to both internal and external agencies.

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Do you have an inquiry not covered by these pages? Contact the Winnipeg Police River Patrol Unit by calling 204-986-8035 or sending an email.

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Last update: March 6, 2018

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