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Spruce Woods campground may finally re-open this summer after 2011 floods

This photo released by the province on Sunday shows the flood waters in Spruce Woods Provincial Park south of Carberry in 2011.

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This photo released by the province on Sunday shows the flood waters in Spruce Woods Provincial Park south of Carberry in 2011.

More than two years after devastating floods washed through the lower Kiche Manitou campground at Spruce Woods Provincial Park, the province hopes to have it open by the Canada Day long weekend.

A one-in-300-year flood devastated the campground in 2011, as it lay under more than three metres of water for weeks.

Online reservations increase at Riding Mountain

Online reservations for campgrounds at Riding Mountain National Park are up 19 per cent this year.

That's actually less than the country as a whole. Nation-wide, pre-season reservations over the Internet are up by 35 per cent compared to last year.

The numbers were released as Parks Canada prepares for the start of the summer season this weekend.

Although much of the provincial park was patched up in time for some use the next year, work is still being done at the lower-level campsites, which were affected the most.

However, in an announcement today, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said that the Kiche Manitou campground should be open June 28.

In March, the province announced that the park as a whole will get a $20-million facelift over the next eight years. Included will be a new access road, a new campground office, a central shower and laundry building for campers and further flood prevention measures.

Closer to the plan’s completion date of 2020, the park will have 60 new electrical and full-service campsites and a new lagoon.

Manitobans were also reminded today that the May long weekend will be liquor free in all campgrounds,
group-use areas and yurts, as well as cabins at Camp Morton and Hecla/Grindstone provincial parks.

Approximately 30,000 campsites have been booked through the made-in-Manitoba Parks Reservation Service so far this year, but many camping opportunities remain available at campgrounds across the province throughout the season. To make a reservation, visit manitobaparks.com.

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