Winnipeg's rivers and retention ponds have begun to freeze over in most areas. Although they may start to appear completely frozen, please use caution as it is still early in the freeze up and the conditions currently are not stable. Caution should always be used as with currents and outflows of water from varying sources, ice conditions may 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. The exceptions are areas that are checked and monitored for these activities.
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.