Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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4.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2021
We stayed in yurt #6 at Childs Lake in early June, 2021. It was our first yurt experience and also our first time to Duck Mountain PP. Childs Lake campground is not overly large (3 camping bays plus the yurt area). With the online registration system we proceeded direct to our yurt with no check-in required. The park staff brought our permit to us the day following our arrival. There is an assigned parking spot per yurt and each yurt also has a wagon to haul your things to and from the yurt. Near the parking lot is the main building for modern showers and toilets. There were six individual shower rooms that will give you about 3 minutes of water for a loonie. The bathrooms were as good as you'll get for a campground. Clean, big, flush toilets, multiple sinks, hand soap, hand dryer, etc. No yurt is more than 150 meters from these facilities. Yurt #6 has good privacy from the other yurts. Complete forest on one side. On the other you can see a portion of yurt #5's deck from yurt #6's deck and are definitely easily within earshot of yurt #5 but it is better than most traditional campsites would be. If the vegetation grows between yurts #5 and #6 a little more it should block out the view between the two decks. At yurt #6's fire pit you are mainly out of view of yurt #5. For us we felt we had a good deal of privacy compared to any other yurt and basically any campsite we saw on the grounds. There is a main path to the Lodge that passes near the yurt but that wasn't an issue. There is a water tap about 40 feet from the yurt which was great. There is a picnic table and fire pit (with cooking grate) just outside the yurt. You have a decent lake view which was great. You can easily walk down to the lake and likely even jump in the lake if you just turn to the right once down the path from the yurt (a few reeds right at the bottom of the path). The yurt itself was great. A bunk bed with a twin up top and a double below. Mattresses are included and while they are covered in a thick plastic, we felt they were more than comfortable and beat hauling our own air mattress. There is also a futon and a table and 4 chairs. The yurt had electricity with lighting inside, a fan, and a heater. There were two electrical outlets, a mirror, a fire extinguisher, an electrical "bug deterrent", a small dresser, garbage can, fly swatter, and a broom/dust pan. There are three windows and a skylight so you can get lots of natural light and airflow in the yurt. We were more than able to keep the temperature in the yurt comfortable however we didn't have warm weather. Keep in mind that this is a structure covered in a thick tarp so you have basically no noise minimization. It rained on us every night and even though it actually wasn't raining that hard it sounded like it was raining much harder based on how loud it was inside the yurt. Also the wind noise can be loud given your proximity to the lake so if you love the sounds of nature (including Loon calls) this will give you that and maybe more. If you are a light sleeper, you might want to have some ear plugs handy. Outside the yurt is an 8' X 10' deck with a few shelving areas and a meal prep area that is covered in stainless steel and has an outdoor electrical outlet available. The deck is covered so you can still sit outside (2 people at least, more would be crowded) if it is raining. There are a few small beaches within about a 10 minute walk from the yurt. The park itself doesn't have a town within it so you have to rely on the Childs Lake Lodge or the Blue Lakes Lodge for things like basic groceries and firewood (not provided for free from the park). We found a bag of firewood from Childs Lake Lodge ($15) would give us a medium-sized fire that would last about 4 hours. The park is all gravel roads and is reasonably spread out. There a lots of other lakes you can go to nearby if you have your own boat/canoe/kayak, etc. and almost all of those lakes do not have any cottages on them. We found we could get a weak cell signal standing in the parking lot of the yurts but given we wanted to get away from things we didn't spend much time worrying about it. No signal at the yurt. To round out the yurt locations - Yurt #1 was close to the water and had some privacy, yurts #2 & #3 are also near to the water but have limited privacy from each other and from yurts #1 & #4 plus the parking lots overlooks them. Yurt #4 is right off the parking lot (there is a large fence for some privacy) as it is the most accessible. It is only steps to the washroom building. There is a fire pit at the same level as the parking lot and also another down by the water. This yurt likely has the least privacy. Yurt #5 & #6 are the furthest from the parking lot so they have the best privacy. A small hill and a bridge to deal with but overall not too difficult to get your wagon to. They are slightly higher up from the water than the others but that also offers a little more protection from wind off of the lake. Overall we really enjoyed our yurt experience and the mainly untouched beauty of Duck Mountain PP.
Brittany
By Brittany
Incredible Natural Beauty and Great Hiking! Loved the Blue Lakes Campground, Blue Lake Trail, Shining Stone & Spray Lake
5.0 of 5 bubblesSept 2020
Duck Mountain is a beautiful, lesser visited park about an hour north of Dauphin and 4+ hours from the Winnipeg area. The natural beauty was incredible and more undeveloped than other parks in Manitoba. I camped at Blue Lakes Campground on September long weekend 2020 and absolutely loved it. The area was gorgeous with pretty lakes and forests. The campground had spacious and treed sites, basic outhouse style washrooms, showers at the nearby resort, and water taps. Cell service is limited in the campground and park in general. Some hikes that I enjoyed in Duck Mountain were the Blue Lakes Trail (5.5 km loop, scenic lake views and forested areas, moderately difficult with some ups and downs), Shining Stone Trail (1.1 km loop, began from the same trailhead at Blue Lakes and branched off to the right, easy and short that led onto a narrow peninsula, lake views and nice lookout spot), and Spray Lake Trail (3.5 km loop through forest and along a part of the lake, lots of ups and downs, some steep but short inclines, very peaceful). I also checked out Baldy Mountain, which is the highest elevation in Manitoba at 832 metres. There is a viewing tower to climb up with pretty views overlooking the landscape. There is a also a short trail there which I did not hike. Duck Mountain is a hidden gem in Manitoba and I can’t wait to return and explore more of this lovely park.

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thebottomlineis
Manitoba5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We stayed in yurt #6 at Childs Lake in early June, 2021. It was our first yurt experience and also our first time to Duck Mountain PP. Childs Lake campground is not overly large (3 camping bays plus the yurt area). With the online registration system we proceeded direct to our yurt with no check-in required. The park staff brought our permit to us the day following our arrival. There is an assigned parking spot per yurt and each yurt also has a wagon to haul your things to and from the yurt. Near the parking lot is the main building for modern showers and toilets. There were six individual shower rooms that will give you about 3 minutes of water for a loonie. The bathrooms were as good as you'll get for a campground. Clean, big, flush toilets, multiple sinks, hand soap, hand dryer, etc. No yurt is more than 150 meters from these facilities. Yurt #6 has good privacy from the other yurts. Complete forest on one side. On the other you can see a portion of yurt #5's deck from yurt #6's deck and are definitely easily within earshot of yurt #5 but it is better than most traditional campsites would be. If the vegetation grows between yurts #5 and #6 a little more it should block out the view between the two decks. At yurt #6's fire pit you are mainly out of view of yurt #5. For us we felt we had a good deal of privacy compared to any other yurt and basically any campsite we saw on the grounds. There is a main path to the Lodge that passes near the yurt but that wasn't an issue. There is a water tap about 40 feet from the yurt which was great. There is a picnic table and fire pit (with cooking grate) just outside the yurt. You have a decent lake view which was great. You can easily walk down to the lake and likely even jump in the lake if you just turn to the right once down the path from the yurt (a few reeds right at the bottom of the path). The yurt itself was great. A bunk bed with a twin up top and a double below. Mattresses are included and while they are covered in a thick plastic, we felt they were more than comfortable and beat hauling our own air mattress. There is also a futon and a table and 4 chairs. The yurt had electricity with lighting inside, a fan, and a heater. There were two electrical outlets, a mirror, a fire extinguisher, an electrical "bug deterrent", a small dresser, garbage can, fly swatter, and a broom/dust pan. There are three windows and a skylight so you can get lots of natural light and airflow in the yurt. We were more than able to keep the temperature in the yurt comfortable however we didn't have warm weather. Keep in mind that this is a structure covered in a thick tarp so you have basically no noise minimization. It rained on us every night and even though it actually wasn't raining that hard it sounded like it was raining much harder based on how loud it was inside the yurt. Also the wind noise can be loud given your proximity to the lake so if you love the sounds of nature (including Loon calls) this will give you that and maybe more. If you are a light sleeper, you might want to have some ear plugs handy. Outside the yurt is an 8' X 10' deck with a few shelving areas and a meal prep area that is covered in stainless steel and has an outdoor electrical outlet available. The deck is covered so you can still sit outside (2 people at least, more would be crowded) if it is raining. There are a few small beaches within about a 10 minute walk from the yurt. The park itself doesn't have a town within it so you have to rely on the Childs Lake Lodge or the Blue Lakes Lodge for things like basic groceries and firewood (not provided for free from the park). We found a bag of firewood from Childs Lake Lodge ($15) would give us a medium-sized fire that would last about 4 hours. The park is all gravel roads and is reasonably spread out. There a lots of other lakes you can go to nearby if you have your own boat/canoe/kayak, etc. and almost all of those lakes do not have any cottages on them. We found we could get a weak cell signal standing in the parking lot of the yurts but given we wanted to get away from things we didn't spend much time worrying about it. No signal at the yurt. To round out the yurt locations - Yurt #1 was close to the water and had some privacy, yurts #2 & #3 are also near to the water but have limited privacy from each other and from yurts #1 & #4 plus the parking lots overlooks them. Yurt #4 is right off the parking lot (there is a large fence for some privacy) as it is the most accessible. It is only steps to the washroom building. There is a fire pit at the same level as the parking lot and also another down by the water. This yurt likely has the least privacy. Yurt #5 & #6 are the furthest from the parking lot so they have the best privacy. A small hill and a bridge to deal with but overall not too difficult to get your wagon to. They are slightly higher up from the water than the others but that also offers a little more protection from wind off of the lake. Overall we really enjoyed our yurt experience and the mainly untouched beauty of Duck Mountain PP.
Written June 11, 2021
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Brittany
Winnipeg, Canada3,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
Duck Mountain is a beautiful, lesser visited park about an hour north of Dauphin and 4+ hours from the Winnipeg area. The natural beauty was incredible and more undeveloped than other parks in Manitoba.

I camped at Blue Lakes Campground on September long weekend 2020 and absolutely loved it. The area was gorgeous with pretty lakes and forests. The campground had spacious and treed sites, basic outhouse style washrooms, showers at the nearby resort, and water taps. Cell service is limited in the campground and park in general.

Some hikes that I enjoyed in Duck Mountain were the Blue Lakes Trail (5.5 km loop, scenic lake views and forested areas, moderately difficult with some ups and downs), Shining Stone Trail (1.1 km loop, began from the same trailhead at Blue Lakes and branched off to the right, easy and short that led onto a narrow peninsula, lake views and nice lookout spot), and Spray Lake Trail (3.5 km loop through forest and along a part of the lake, lots of ups and downs, some steep but short inclines, very peaceful). I also checked out Baldy Mountain, which is the highest elevation in Manitoba at 832 metres. There is a viewing tower to climb up with pretty views overlooking the landscape. There is a also a short trail there which I did not hike.

Duck Mountain is a hidden gem in Manitoba and I can’t wait to return and explore more of this lovely park.
Written September 7, 2020
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susanbewcyk
Churchbridge, Canada32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We took a trip up to the Blue lakes and thought we would quad from lake to lake fishing. It is beautiful wilderness there, many conifers and forest like terrain. We didn't know it rained a fair bit the day before and we got stuck. We were fortunate to be able to winch ourselves out, and made the hour or so ride baçk to camp very muddy and wet. There was no one out there except bears (evident by steaming fresh scat on trail) and wolves that howl. So take 2 machines or more, in very good mechanical condition. Clothes for the conditions, and there is no cell signal for miles!!
Written August 27, 2020
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WJamous
Winnipeg, Canada110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
My wife and I came here on a Manitoba stay-cation as our trip to Montana didn't work out due to COVID. We were in a new travel trailer, and I'm glad we came here for our first trip rather than a more ambitious trip out west. The park was lovely and not busy during the week in June. We enjoyed many of the hikes including Baldy Mountain, Blue lakes and Glad lake. We saw 3 bears during out time, many more then we'd ever seen in our time in the Whiteshell provinical park and many birds (herons) and deer.

We elected to stay at Wellman lake as there was both water and electrical hookup for our trailer. Child's lake has water and electrical as well but seemed smaller based on our internet search. I would say the information available online is either poor or hard to find. Hikes and amenities should be more clearly indicated so people can make better choices. After being there, Wellman lake campground seems like it has the most amenities and the best restaurant/store area and we're glad we stayed there. The spots were large and for the most part separated from each other for privacy and more of a wilderness experience. Reservations at the provincial park (thru the website) are recommended. (link included in review)

There is very little cell service in the park. Blue lake does have some, if spotty, Wellman lake does not, and from what we have heard neither does Child's lake, but the lodge owners at Wellman lake were kind and gave us the password to the Wifi. It was actually a nice break to be off the grid for a while, but we did trek to the lodge at least once a day to keep in touch with our families

The roads are all gravel in the park, so don't assume like we did that coming up from the south (via Grand View) is the best idea and try and minimize the gravel road travel, especially after a rain. We came in after a few roads had been washed away and then repaired. Initially the roads were quite wet and dicey in spots. By the end of the week, they had all been nicely graded and were dry with no issue. Speeds on the road and therefore travel times will vary depending on potholes and road conditions so factor that in as well.

Overall we are happy we went and will be back.
Written June 16, 2020
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Kevin J
Winnipeg16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The had very good trails for the average hiker the store was a good place to walk too. Blue Lake is a short drive.
Written December 12, 2019
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Jeremy H
Winnipeg, Canada8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We stayed 3 nights at one of the Childs Lake yurts, canoed on the lake, hiked the Blue Lakes and Baldy Mountain trails, wanted to hike the Shell River Valley trail, but didn't find it. The trails were very enjoyable. The Blue Lakes trail (5.5 km) was a good length for our three generation family ranging from 10 to 70 years old. Nice views of the lakes, some ups and downs, we enjoyed looking at plants, mushrooms, birds etc. and saw a couple of deer along the way. The Baldy trail was shorter (about 3 km) with some longer ups and downs, a viewing tower, and historic residence buildings for the rangers who used to be stationed there. There is a pretty little marshy lake at the end of the trail. The trail is generally wide and grassy and could accommodate small vehicles, but there were also several places where we had to climb over or under fallen trees.

We were able to launch our canoe easily from the shore near our yurt, and especially enjoyed canoeing in the morning and evening when the water was calm. There were often others in motor boats, jet skis, and/or kayaks. There seemed to be several larger groups, possibly people staying in campsites and yurts getting together, who could be noisy at times. The beach near the Childs Lake lodge is pretty nice, but is affected by geese droppings. The lake is deep and the water tends to be cold, too cold for the children on a cooler, breezy day in mid August. We tried to go to the store one afternoon, but a sign said they had closed early.

There are 6 yurts grouped together along the shore. We were in one of the yurts designed for handicapped access, which was very nice, with a large deck area, in addition to the small covered area at the entrance. There was little in the way of trees between most of the yurts, so they were less private than we have found in other Manitoba parks. The open layout was partly because of the location of the yurts on a slope with the picnic table down below the yurt - this required long ramps extending along two sides of the deck to allow wheelchairs to get up to the deck level. So it was a bit of a trip to go from the yurt to the picnic table & barbecue area.

The washroom & shower building was clean and well maintained, and there is convenient access to water taps, but there is no sink for washing dishes or pots and pans. Showers were $1 for 3 minutes. There is free wood available in the wood yard, but it can be wet depending on the weather. Cell phone reception was spotty. The fire pits are well designed for cooking, with half solid grills that can be easily rotated over or away from the fire.

We found it a bit difficult to get detailed information about hiking, in particular the Shell River Valley trail that we were interested in. The staff were not very familiar with it and didn't provide directions, and the trail map didn't give a very clear picture of exactly where it is located. We assumed there would be a sign on the road, but when we tried to find it none of us saw any trail sign. We ended up taking a longish and very pretty drive that took us through the Shell River Valley and also the small hamlets of Boggy Creek and San Clara, but we never found the trail.

We would like to visit again some time, explore more of the park, do more hiking and maybe try some trail biking, or fly fishing for brook trout that are supposed to be in West Blue Lake. We might also try to book one of the more private yurts.
Written August 16, 2019
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John H
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Blue Lakes is beautiful country. The owners of the resort are super friendly and helpful for the campers in the park as well as their own clients.

The horse flies were buzzing at times which was frustrating, but they weren't biting too much.

Great place for canoeing and hiking. You can almost see right across Saskatchewan from the top of Baldy mountain!
Written August 16, 2019
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Bryan S
Winnipeg, Canada13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
My wife and I decided to spend a week up in Duck Mountain and we are so glad that we did. We spent a few days at different campgrounds and noticed great differences amongst them. I would rate Blue Lakes campground as my least favorite due to the state of the washroom facilities and the condition of the beach. Child's Lake would be next on my list but the store is a bit far from the campground. Wellman Lake definitely tops the list. On our next trip, we'll be spending the entire vacation at Wellman.
Written July 2, 2019
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noriksweb
winnipeg canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This park is truly a gem. It’s not overcrowded and is well kept. Blue Lake is beautiful, serene and the perfect place for a slow, lazy visit. It has all the conveniences and the space to enjoy nature at its best. The campgrounds are spacious and well treed. The roads throughout the park are gravel b well graded and signage is plentiful. I almost don’t want to tell people about the place, because it’s rare to find places that are as quiet and untouched by runaway commerce. But if you are near the Duck Mountains in Manitoba or Saskatchewan, make the visit!
Written November 6, 2018
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Shannon P
Thunder Bay, Canada3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We travelled from Ontario with our camper and ATV's to do some riding as advertised on the website. We booked at Wellman Lake and the first sign we see upon arrival is no ATV's. No one at the store to ask. Finally track someone down change our reservation to Blue Lake Campground this is where all the trails are for the park.... the staff were very helpful in changing our reservation and getting us settled. Check into our camp site unload our ATV's ready to roll. Park staff inform us that you cannot ride the ATV's in the campground not even to get to the trail that is across the road, you cannot unload at the resort but have to trailer your ATV 1 mile down the road to the Mossberry trail and unload there . Seriously this is suppose to be the best trails and ATVing in Manitoba ???? I have better trails in my back yard or an hour drive away from home. Very disappointing, you can see the trails everywhere but can't unload due to some ranger giving all the tourist tickets.
There are no showers on site , but if you are staying for a week like us you can wonder down to the resort and take a coin operated shower in a pretty well used facility.
Great campground for camping,swimming and kayaking but would not recommend for ATVing unless you have a trailer to haul back them back and forth. The trails are not maintained so I would buddy up as you will get suck in the mud or find a tree across the trails.
Written August 20, 2018
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