Park Management Plans

Park Planning

A park management plan ensures that the main purposes of a park are considered when land use decisions are made.  It provides details on what land uses are appropriate and ensures that new activities or developments are compatible with the long-term management of the park. 

Management plans have been completed for the following parks.  Check the public consultation page for plans currently being developed for other parks. 

Natural Parks

Birds Hill
Clearwater Lake
Duck Mountain
Elk Island
Grand Beach
Grass River
Hecla / Grindstone
Kettle Stones
South Atikaki
Spruce Woods
Turtle Mountain

Heritage Parks

Criddle/Vane Homestead
Pinawa Dam
River Road
St. Norbert
Parc provincial de Saint-Norbert
Trappist Monastery
Parc provincial du Monastère-des-trappistes

Recreation Parks

Bakers Narrows
Beaver Creek
Birch Point
Camp Morton
Grand Rapids
Grand Valley
Hnausa Beach
Lake St. Andrew
Lake St. George
Lundar Beach
Moose Lake
Neso Lake
Norris Lake
Oak Lake

Patricia Beach
Poplar Bay
Portage Spillway
Rocky Lake
St. Malo
Parc provincial de Saint-Malo
Twin Lakes
Wallace Lake
Wekusko Falls
Whitemouth Falls
William Lake
Winnipeg Beach
Yellow Quill

Wilderness Parks

Caribou River
Colvin Lake
Kinwow Bay
Nueltin Lake
Numaykoos Lake
Sand Lakes
Sturgeon Bay

What is a park management plan?

Manitobans enjoy a wide variety of outdoor opportunities in their provincial parks.  Unique landscapes, pristine lakes, campgrounds, sandy beaches and extensive trail systems are only a few of the offerings in Manitoba's provincial parks.  To most people, parks provide a chance to soak up the sun and enjoy time with friends and family.  But parks also play a vital role in protecting natural lands and preserving our cultural heritage.

The contents of a management plan are determined by the purpose, needs and requirements of each individual park.  Through the management planning process, outstanding or anticipated problems or issues regarding the development, operation or management of a park are identified so that appropriate solutions can be found. 

People who visit provincial parks seek many different recreational experiences.  This experience could be the excitement of a snowmobile rally, the fellowship of an evening around the campfire with friends and family, or the feeling of quiet solitude in a wilderness park.  Management plans can help describe how a park might provide such a experiences for users while minimizing conflicts with other users seeking different types of experiences.

Many parks have special natural features such as rare plants or wildlife.  There are also unique heritage features such as petroforms or early settlement sites.  These may require specific management or protection.  Management plans can identify how these features can be protected or managed.

Some parks accommodate a limited amount of commercial resource use such as mining or agriculture.  These uses must occur in a manner that is sustainable and compatible with other activities in the same area.  Management plans can specify areas for particular resource uses and methods by which that use may occur.

Management plans describe through objectives and guidelines a direction that will help to resolve the issues or avoid the anticipated problem.  In some case zoning may be required if the direction is applying to a specific portion of a park

How is a management plan prepared?

Management plans are prepared in consultation with the public.  Involving park users helps to ensure the management plan reflects the needs of park users.  It also helps inform people about the park and some of the challenges the park may be facing. 

The consultation process varies from park to park, depending on the complexity and number of issues that are identified.  Generally, the consultation process has two phases: the first to identify issues, and the second, to review the draft management plan. Management plans currently under development are found on the public consultation page.

A management plan is intended to remain in place for ten to fifteen years or more.  If revisions are to be considered an appropriate process of consultation and review must be designed.