Black & O'Hanly Rivers

The Black River is one of Manitoba's best whitewater teaching rivers, about a 90 minute drive from Winnipeg. Its tributary, the O'Hanly River, lends itself to whitewater training as well, but only during times of high water. In June and July, when days are long, both these rivers can be run in a single day. That is 10 to 12 class I and II rapids. Alternatively, the Black can be paddled twice. Some of these rapids have no portage trails and must be shot, or lined while wading.

Although you are never more than walking distance from a road, these stretches will have you experience the solitude and exhilaration of a wilderness whitewater excursion, in a single day. A second option is to spend two days in the rapids and camp on Lake Winnipeg, with full outfitting if desired.

A bonus feature of this tour is the awesome Big Falls on the Black River, definitely not for shooting, except with your camera.


TRIP DETAILS :
  • Duration : approximately 5 to 6 hours for the Black River run twice , 7 to 8 hours for the Black and O'Hanly Rivers
  • Rating :     for paddlers with considerable experience      
  • Water Conditions : swift water with Class I and II rapids, several portages
  • Scenic Attractions : Waterfalls, Little Black River First Nation, shoreline and islands on Lake Winnipeg   
Cost per day :
           $60 for adults (18 years + ) or $100 for two adults 
           $48 for students  
           $48 for seniors (60 years + ) 


Wood Falls, Manigotagan River September, 2010
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