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Access to Kiche campground is available off number 5 highway. The beach area is restored, and is accessible from the day use parking lot. There are no washroom facilities at the beach area. For “turtle” watching, see the low marshy area on your left as you drive to the day use area. Check out the “snow in May” at the parking lot in the day use area, thanks to the cottonwood trees.
Mud cakes have been removed from the “grassy” area of the beach. The area around the SS Playmore is being restored. Some of the roadways in the lower campground have been scraped of their mud. Mud is being removed from the parking lot at the laundromat. More “fill” is being put on the road coming in from Hwy 5
Road along the river is still undergoing repairs. Beach clean-up has begun, clay cakes have been scraped away. Don’t even think about walking in the lower campground area, wet clay weighs a ton on your shoes !
The lower campground is a “mud-caked” mosaic and will require a lot of clean-up.
Crews have been working at the park for the past several weeks, and while a lot has been accomplished, there is still a lot to do. Following are pictures of the park road and beach area. These areas are the hardest hit and have the most damage.
#5 highway between Glenboro & Carberry now open.
Road closures & restrictions are everywhere. Down the walking path to the lower campground area, compare this photo to the one below that was taken April 17th. The water is much higher now. The aerial photo (courtesy of the Gazette) was taken the middle of May. It shows the Interpretive Centre is an island, left of that the Fort looks wet, the footbridge is totally under water, as is the beach. Highway 5 is under water at the top of the picture.
The next photos were taken just as you come down the hill from the east on the park road…dike on the park road ends at the road into the day use area. You can see the height of the dike as compared to the person walking beside it. the toboggan hill in the Winter Area, shows the road into the boat launch is completely under water. Some more pics taken from Steel’s Ferry Lookout.
Photos taken in April.