River Patrol

Current river conditions:

All ice should be considered dangerous at this time. Please stay off all frozen waterways unless they are deemed safe by an approved source.

River Patrol members have been busy marking dangerous areas along the waterways. That work continues. Stay informed about local weather conditions, as temperature fluctuations can impact ice stability. Warmer weather, in particular, can weaken the ice.

Everyone should respect the water and all its potential dangers.

If you see someone in distress, call 9-1-1.

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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