Ride to your heart’s content in Duck Mountain Provincial Park

This is one of few provincial parks in Manitoba where you are free to ride your quad


Sunset colours reflect on a calm lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

At Duck Mountain Provincial Park, you can take in the serene natural surroundings. — sprokop/Can Stock photo

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is a haven for ATVers, as it's one of few Manitoba parks where quadding is permitted. It encompasses 1,424 square kilometres (550 square miles) and is part of the larger Duck Mountain Provincial Forest. There are three campgrounds accessible in this park. Child's Lake has a basic setup, or you can opt for the full hook-ups offered at Blue Lake and Wellman Lake.

This is the place to find mud holes and backcountry scenery galore. If you want to take a break and try some fishing, the park has numerous lakes with bass, char and trout just waiting to be caught. You can also canoe or kayak here.

Where to go quadding in Duck Mountain Provincial Park

The trails around Mossberry Lake are particularly well marked and attract the highest concentration of riders. There is a network surrounding the lake, which is multi-purpose, so you may also see hikers, horseback riders and cyclists enjoying the parkland.

People also like to ride the Upper Dam route and other hunting routes in the area. These trails are designed for motorized vehicles, making them perfect for quadding.

The park's designated ATV trail will take you about 25 kilometres deep into the forest, crossing over creeks, through the mud and along rocky terrain. You can also ride past the beaver floods, which serve to connect a myriad of different lakes.

Please be aware that ATV use on non-ATV designated trails is only allowed if you're using your quad solely to get to a destination (and not for the purpose of recreational ATVing, in which case you'd have to use the designated ATV route). This amendment was made to allow fisherpeople access to the various lakes without breaking the park rules.

Other rules to remember:

  • Ditch riding is allowed.
  • Riding on roads is not allowed.
  • Hickey Trail is prohibited.
  • All cottage subdivision roads and ditches are prohibited.

For more information, news and updates on the park, visit the Parkland's Paradise website.

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