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With an area of 593 km, Clearwater Lake Provincial Park is characterized by Clearwater Lake which
comprises almost half of the park.  Large areas of boreal forest including spruce bog cover the land

Classified as a Natural Park, its purpose is to preserve areas that are representative of the Mid-
Boreal portion of the Manitoba Lowlands Natural Region; and accommodate diversity of recreational
opportunities and resource uses.

Clearwater Lake, a deep clear, cold lake, is renowned for its excellent water quality and large lake
trout.  The near circular lake, 16 km in diameter, has an average depth of 13.1 m (43 ft) and a
maximum depth of 39 m (127 ft). Lake clarity has been measured to a depth of 11 m or 36 ft.  It is
spring-fed and lacks major inflowing streams which may carry silt, although there are several small
inflowing streams on its south and west shores. The single outflowing stream empties into
Cormorant Lake and eventually into the Saskatchewan River system.

Overnight Stay

A variety of accommodations are available along the south shore.  Three lodges are accessible from
PR 287.

Campgrounds are situated on the south shore and offer a variety of camping experiences including
these campgrounds:
  • Campers Cove- 70 large sites with modern washrooms and showers
  • Pioneer Bay- 20 campsites, on a first-come first-served basis.

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Reservations can be made online at or call toll free 1-888-482-2267


Day Use

For those who wish to spend a day in the park, day-use areas are available at Sunset Beach,
Campers Cove and Pioneer Bay.  All include unsupervised beaches, change houses, beach volley-
ball courts and picnic areas.

A winter day-use area is located east of Pioneer Bay off PR 287. Adjacent to the chalet and parking
lot, visitors can enjoy skating or tobogganing.  This is also the trailhead for an 8 km looped, cross-
country ski trail system.  This area features a beautiful ski chalet with modern washrooms, full
kitchen, fireplace and rustic atmosphere.  The chalet is open on most weekends in the winter and
can be booked for special engagements. Call The Pas Outdoor Recreation Club at (204) 623- 1224.

Lake Activities

Fishing:  Angling is generally good year-round, with the highly prized trout population spread
throughout the lake in spring and fall, and in the deeper holes during summer.  In addition to lake
trout, catches include  northern pike and whitefish. During winter, ice fishing for lake trout, is very
popular.  Consult the provincial angling guide for current, specific regulations, seasons and limits.

Boating:  Since Clearwater Lake has few islands and is approximately 19 km in diameter, the water
can quickly become rough due to strong winds and waves.  Boaters should be aware of local
weather forecasts and note any significant changes of wind direction.  Be sure your boat is equipped
with basic safety gear and advise someone of your travel plans.

The Caves

The Caves Self-guiding Trail leads through a dramatic feature found along the south shore of
Clearwater Lake. Halfway around are deep crevices that formed when rock masses split away from
shoreline cliffs.  It's not unusual to find ice in the dark, cool depths as late as July, and hardy plants
that can grow in low light conditions.  Please stay on the stairs, boardwalks and platforms that have
been provided for your safety.  A trail guide is available at the trail head and/or the Campers Cove
campground office. Return distance is 0.8 km. Allow 45 minutes.

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Less than an hour's drive north of The Pas brings you to the Grass River Corridor.  The Grass River
travels for several hundred miles through five provincial parks and 12 communities before reaching
Hudson Bay via the Nelson River.  Along the way, travelers will see some of the most beautiful
waterfalls, lakes and pine forest in the province.

Activities along the corridor include canoeing, fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling...just to name a
few!  Features of the corridor are accessible via PTH 39 north to PTH 6. Boat launches, hiking trails
and camping are available.  Contact the Grass River Corridor Tourism Association at (204) 687-
6967 or visit their website:

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