River Patrol

Current river conditions:

Recent heavy rainfall throughout the Red River Valley and surrounding western areas has caused significant increases in water levels in Winnipeg.

Exercise extreme caution when near or on any water bodies. Boaters and river users must be vigilant for hidden obstructions beneath the water’s surface.

Your safety is our priority.

Safety on rivers & waterways

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service River Patrol enforce federal, and provincial statutes, and City of Winnipeg by-laws within Winnipeg.

Speed limits for boaters

  • Red River - Daytime 70 kph - Night 50 kph
  • Assiniboine River - Daytime 37 kph - Night 10 kph
  • Boat Launches and docks on the Red River are designated 9 kph.

Vessel regulations, boating safety & licensing

Transport Canada develops regulations, policies, standards, procedures, and work instructions related to vessel design, construction, safety equipment and oversight.

They also provide programs and services for safety, oversight, compliance and enforcement of Canadian vessels and manufacturers of vessels and safety equipment.

Visit the Transport Canada website for information on operating vessels on all waterways. This information includes:

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