Clearwater Lake Provincial Park

Clearwater Lake Provincial Park

Clearwater Lake Provincial Park
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Appropriately named for the lake's visible deep water, this park offers hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming and excellent fishing.
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rlmptl
Lloydminster, Canada1,159 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was a real experience. We paid for 2 nights but ended up leaving after one. The pros are the beautiful crystal clear turquoise water similar to the ocean with hard packed white sand and shallow great for swimming it stays shallow a ways out and this is at Pioneer bay, great shore kayaking only if you stick right beside the shore otherwise this massive lake creates wind and waves at will so we could not go far exploring like we wanted to hence leaving early for smaller more suitable lakes.

As far as camping we decided on Pioneer bay however as we had not been there before we wanted to check it out. It was 15 minutes at least of a drive to check it out and liked site 2 otherwise the sites are wide open very little trees. The bloodthirsty mosquitos made things miserable as well as dank and humid heat due to continual rain and storms that followed us over 10 days. the combination made for a bug ridden vacay. We moved to site 7 after all as no one else in the campground except the spot we wanted site 2 ..site 7 gives a clear view of the lake as well as the other in that line and close to the full shower and washroom facilities. Bug protection including deep woods off, full body bug gear as well as a screen shelter was the only way to survive the torment of bugs.

There was a little store owned by a generational family who started it in the 1920s they were so nice and we bought the best firewood 15.00 and wifi for 3.00 for the day that only worked in beach area but after no service for days it was good to let the loved ones know you were still alive!

2 round trips later to the main campground, one to check out the sites and a second to book at the main office, we kayaked that evening as it was calm and then late in the evening good thing we did as gale force winds were to be found first thing in the morning when we ended up leaving. the main campsite has bush campsites that were well treed and spaced for the most part but it felt closed in and not on the lake which is what we want for breeze and view. Its a huge campground

earlier in the day we stopped in at the Limestone caves. What an adventure . There are issues here that need reported to Manitoba parks that is for sure. There is no signage at all for trails. WE happened on a local who walks her regularly and gave us a self guided tour. without him we would have been lost in the bush for sure.
The hike is not for the faint of heart and i absolutely would not reccommend these cave to anyone with pets or children they will be sure to meet thier certain death falling into those unexpected holes. Full bug protection needed here and good hiking boots. there are rough and steep climbs and sliding on your butt in one spot to get around and down and up i though i was a goner i was sooo tired from this. however there is a great reward doing this the scenery is absolutely beyond amazing with the limestone rock high in the air and into the torquoise water with pebble beaches absolutely amazing. If you make it as far as we did there is a park bench on the high point and we started from the left when you go in as well.

Sadly, disrespectful humans have ruined it with graffiti, unbelievable garbage including dirty diapers, coffee cups and wrappers and other garbage abound on the trail and on the beaches. Park staff should no only be putting up signs to tell people where to go on the trails but they should also hike around here and clean up the disgusting mess cause it ruins it for people

I would still reccommend this stop but cant give it full marks due to issues here
Written June 22, 2022
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Ben B
Calgary, Canada14,160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Clearwater Lake PP is very large, and so we got to see only a bit of it by exploring "The Caves" walking area, the signage for which is not large, you have to be looking for it. The parking area is good-sized, there are pit toilets, but the signage suggests fascinating, scenic, and educational things ahead, but it let us down a bit. There is one okay viewpoint area overlooking the lake, but the trees crowd out most of the views. "The Caves" aren't really caves, just large and deep fissures and cracks in the bedrock that drops down to the water level. There is a certain mystery / mystic vibe here if you're into it, but otherwise, it's mostly just a walk in the woods. Beyond the trailhead, there was no signage, educational or directional, whatsoever, so that was a disappointment. There are lots of steep cliffs here, so people should hang on to their kids!
Written September 20, 2020
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loungrub
The Pas, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Went out to the beach awesome beautiful beach and can have something to eat or have ice cream or just have a Winnie roast
Written March 5, 2020
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Troy S
Winnipeg, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Went kayaking with the kids in July 2019. The horseflies were pesky, but tolerable. The water clarity is amazing! You can see the beauty of God’s handiwork when you visit Clearwater Lake.
Written September 15, 2019
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VeniaBellisima
Manitoba, Canada16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Me and my boyfriend stayed for 3 nights at Campers Cove Campground and had a blast! It was very peaceful and the other campers were very nice. An old couple from Flin Flon that's also camping there even brought us firewood to our campsite each night whenever they'd get some for themselves! And yes, we loved how there's an abundance of free firewood in the park, so you can have bbq or bonfire while spending time at the beach. The staff in the campground office were also pleasant. Our site (East Bay, D) was a little small and less private than what we've expected, but since we were there from M-W, there weren't a lot of campers and we had the section all to ourselves.

We find that the beach at Campers Cove is the best if you want some peace and quiet. Sunset Beach and Pioneer Bay is more for families, so it's a bit more crowded and busy. It's nice, though, that Pioneer Bay has a store where you can buy snacks or some grocery items you might need while camping. The only thing we didn't like in the campgrounds was how there's only one bathroom with 2 cubicles in each bay at Campers Cove, and you have to pay to use the shower (if they are working) - although I really don't mind not taking a shower after a swim since the lake is very clean anyway.

Aside from spending time at the beach, another activity we did was check the The Caves Trail, which was neat, but not extravagant. There were lots of vandalism on the rocks by degenerates, who brought spray paint during their visit. The map says there are 3 lookout spots on the trail, but we only saw 1 as the path that led to the others didn't seem well-maintained due to fallen trees and unkempt bushes. We also found another trail (in-between sites A & B at the East Bay section of Campers Cove Campground) that wasn't anywhere in the pamphlets or in the MB Parks website. The Boreal Way Hiking Trail is a 7km loop-trail, and is a good spot to jog or walk and enjoy nature. You will pass by Jackfish Creek and a small pond along the way. Unfortunately, there weren't any clear directions to the trail itself, but it was still a relaxing walk. I think, even the trail at The Caves need more signs or arrows that will show you where to go next (just like the signs and arrows at Hunt Lake Trail).

It kept raining in the evenings while we were there, but overall, we had an incredible time during our stay and would most probably go back again in the future.
Written August 21, 2019
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Michelle L
Winnipeg, Canada983 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We drove HWY 10, from The Pas, to 287. We passed The Pas Airport, Sunset Beach, And Campers Cove. There’s a sign directed to The Caves.

Upon arrival, it was nice to see a fair sized parking lot.
We applied our Muskol Insect Repellent then began our hike & exploration.

The hiking trail loop is estimated to take 45 minutes to complete
Exploring, enjoying the lakesides scenes, and walking inside the Caves definitely takes more time depending on individual interests.

Once you find the stairs down to the Clearwater Lake discovering the starting point to The Caves is easily accessible. Just look for a path down into the first of several caves.

LOVE NATURE THERAPY
Appreciated the insect repellent; lots of bugs and Dragonflies.
Runners/hiking shoes recommended for climbing rocks while exploring The Caves

Disappointed to see so much litter along this trail; must bring litter collection items next time to help clean up the trash.
Most hikers know to pack in & pack out everything-LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS.

This trail is filled with majestic scenes, let’s all do our part to preserve the beauty nature gifts us.
Written July 9, 2019
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cmc309
The Pas, Canada8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Beautiful lake, There are some interesting rock formations along the shore there is a small hike called the caves that is a lot of fun! great swimming in summer... Fishing in winter
Written March 19, 2019
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Joseph A
The Pas, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
If you are ever lucky to visit The Pas, especially in the summer, you will certainly love the Clearwater Lake. Who says we don't have sand beaches in northern Manitoba? From Sunset beach to Pioneer beach, come and be treated. Pioneer beach is particularly family friendly.
Written August 27, 2018
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Jenna B
The Pas, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This lake is amazing. It's so beautiful, I feel at total peace when I'm there. Of all the places I have travelled it is my favorite place to be!
Written August 7, 2018
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600sls
Manitoba, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The water is unbelievable!! This is 1 of 4 bodies of water like this in the world!! Spring fed lake is crystal clear with pure sand bars that go out quite a way away from shore. We visited the Caves, Mile 25, and the Main Beach area over two days.

Caves were great, you could be out there for a couple hours if you wanted to.

The Main Beach was busy but lots of room on sand and grass to leave our stuff. Changing area and washrooms are right there. They also have a Snack Shack right at the beach. Lots of ice cream, drinks, snacks, and fried foods available that are very reasonably priced!

Of course the bugs are crazy, bring serious bug spray. Because it is spring fed, the water is cold! Our kids dove right in and spent hours in and out of the water.

If ever even close to this area, you must experience this beautiful place.
Written July 9, 2018
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