Rural Sites Temporarily Closed – Paradise, Poplar & Fred Heal

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:

COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca
1-855-559-5502 – Link to more information HERE

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:

COVID-19 Updates – Trail Guidelines & Closures

Meewasin is committed to measures to slow the progress and flatten the curve of infections for COVID-19. To ensure that the general public and our staff are safe we are taking all preventative measures possible to stop the transmission of the virus. With this in mind Beaver Creek Conservation Area and the Meewasin Valley Authority Main Office will be closed with staff working remotely until further notice.

As of May 4th, 2020, Cranberry Flats is open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm. 

A Complete List of Site Closures:

Meewasin Valley Main Office – CLOSED until further notice

Beaver Creek Conservation Area – CLOSED until (target date) September 8th, 2020.

Poplar Bluffs, Paradise Beach and Fred Heal Canoe Launch are CLOSED due to rising river levels.

Trail Guidelines

Many parts of the Meewasin Trail remain open. Please follow the physical distancing guidelines below to Please follow the guidelines below to prevent the spread of COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need to contact Meewasin, please call (306) 665-6887 or email meewasin@meewasin.com and watch www.meewasin.com for updates.