Meewasin Locations Fred Heal Canoe Launch, Paradise Beach, and Poplar Bluffs will all be closed until further notice.
The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency has advised that river levels will be rising and flow rates increasing through Saskatoon and area from 400 cu metres per second to more than 900 cu metres per second. This amount of water is causing a significant rising of water levels at Fred Heal Canoe Launch, Paradise Beach, and Poplar Bluffs, resulting in receded beaches. These sites will be closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor over the next week and follow guidance from the Canadian Water Security Agency.
Beaver Creek also remains closed until a target reopen date of September 8th, 2020.
The Saskatoon Fire Department has released two notices of people in distress over the last number of days. These incidents are avoidable by being safe around the river. “The rapid current flow and height of the river can cause unstable banks and unpredictable flow that make places you are normally familiar with, or appear to be safe, act differently, which can be dangerous,” explains Manager of Planning and Conservation, Mike Velonas.
Meewasin would like to remind the public of some safety precautions to keep top of mind heading into July and August:
- Strong Current: Water outflows from the South Saskatchewan River are extremely high, resulting in a very strong current. Please be cautious near the river and do not leave children or pets unattended.
- Rural Sites: Meewasin’s other rural beach sites, including: Paradise Beach (water access and hiking trails only), Poplar Bluffs and Cranberry Flats (washroom will remain closed) are all open from sunrise to sunset.
- Physical Distancing: COVID-19 precautions are still in effect, with physical distancing guidelines available on our website and on many of our trailhead signage.
- Please avoid crowded areas and don’t park on the road. Offenders will be ticketed.
To report infractions of the Public Health Order Related to COVID-19 please contact Public Health:
To report issues contact the RCMP at:
Paradise Beach & Poplar Bluffs: Warman RCMP 306-310-7267
Fred Heal Canoe Launch and Cranberry Flats: Saskatoon RCMP 306-975-5145
Additional resources can be found at: