Wake boats welcome in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba!
Lac du Bonnet is an amazing place for wake surfing and wakeboarding on Lake Lac du Bonnet and the Winnipeg River. These larger bodies of water offer up plenty of space to crank up those waves and catch some air for the jaw-dropping moves that make these sports so thrilling.
For your best wake surfing experience in #LacDuBonnet, we suggest you:
1. Avoid the Pinawa Channel and Lee River up to the ‘Rock Pile.’ The waterways here are just too narrow to surf safely and have fun.
2. Enjoy the open waters of Lake Lac du Bonnet or the Winnipeg River System. You’ll find miles of unhindered waterways to have some real fun while surfing or boarding.
3. Remain 100 meters from shorelines to allow your wake power to dissipate before it reaches swimmers, docks, and shorelines.
4. Avoid high traffic areas to give you the space you need to have fun on the waterway while ensuring the safety of other users.
5. Remember to always have a spotter in the boat to keep you safe in an emergency and communicate between you and the driver using hand signals.
6. Have fun and be safe by ensuring you pack your safety equipment, wear a life jacket, and be aware of your surroundings.
The legislation applies to everyone who uses a water body across the province from the general public to commercial operators.
The regulations target the method in which AIS are moved from one water body to another, namely watercraft, aircraft, motorized vehicles, water-related equipment and bait use. Individuals/operators will be required to take specified measures prior to entering and leaving a water body to prevent the movement of AIS from one water body to another.
For more information on the regulations, cleaning requirements, and legislation please visit Legislation, Regulations and Set Fines on the Government of Manitoba website. You can also find information about AIS in the Manitoba Angler’s Guide.
About the Safe Boating Ambassador Program
The Safe Boating Ambassador program is a community-driven initiative designed to increase boating safety and etiquette awareness in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba specific to the Lee River and Pinawa Channel. Working together, we will contribute to the education of safe waterway use by promoting:
1. Waterway safety, as governed by Transport Canada, and
2. General good boating etiquette for specific activities, focusing on those that occur on our waterways.
The Safe Boating Ambassadors are members of the boating community, avid paddlers, stand-up paddleboarders, wake surfers, water skiers, and boaters. The members will act as Waterway Safety Leaders for the community of Lac du Bonnet, sharing and encouraging all waterway users to safely partake in all waterway activities.