Clear, spring-fed lakes have made “The Ducks” a popular tourist destination for years. Childs Lake, Wellman Lake, Singush Lake, and the Blue Lakes are among the most popular. The bottom of East Blue Lake, which descends to 60 m (196 feet) at its deepest, is visible to some 12 to 18 m (40 to 60 feet).
Manitoba’s highest elevation is found at Baldy Mountain, which rises 831.2 m (2,727 feet) above sea level. Baldy Mountain is accessible by car. An observation tower offers a scenic view of the surrounding forest of tall spruce. Located off PR366, 32 km (20 miles) north of Grandview.
Duck Mountain is home to moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, foxes, lynx, coyotes and timber wolves. A variety of birds nest in the forests and marshes. A 30-km (19-mile) network of trails provides for exploration of the hilly terrain and forests of the park by hikers in summer, and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in winter.
Campgrounds and facilities exist at all of the park’s major lakes. Duck Mountain Forest Site, located near the junctions of PR366 and PR367, makes a good station from which to explore the surrounding area.
Duck Mountain Forest Site is a unique area of natural meadows, streams and wetlands and features 6 kms (4 miles) of all-weather roads leading through the boreal forest. Signs identify the many species of native trees and the site is home to a great variety of birds, waterfowl and animals. It includes the Frank Marvin Visitor Centre with its historical displays and artifacts, a 3D model of the Swan Valley Watershed, picnic areas and five hiking trails totaling 10 km (6 miles). The Centre is wheelchair accessible and is open during July and August. Located 1 km (0.6 miles) south of the junction of PR366 and PR367 (5 km [3 miles] from the Blue Lakes campground area) in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
For information on Provincial Parks contact:
Information 1-800-214-6497 or 204-945-6784
Campsite Reservations 1-888-482-2267
or in Winnipeg 204-948-3333