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Woodland Caribou

Woodland Caribou

Fire Red 3 that is burning in the southern section of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is still out of control but suppression action is being undertaken to protect structural values, property and important wildlife habitat. Recent developments have seen an escape of the fire in two areas. North of Dragon Lake to Mexican Hat Lake and Optic Lake and North of Carroll Lake towards Walking Stick Lake. Please note below the additional access point closures that have been added.  The Iriam Lake Road is being closed May 23 2016 until further notice. We hope this will be only be required for the short term.

The fire size is now approximately 70,000 hectares.

Subject to Section 33(1), Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act (2006) entry to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is prohibited at the following access points;

Eagle Lake

Garner Lake

Crystal Lake

Carroll Lake

Obukowin Lake

Jan Lake

Leano Lake

Onnie Lake

Johnson Lake

Travel on canoe routes in the vicinity of Fire 3 while in the interior of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is also prohibited. Please contact the park office for a copy of a map depicting this area. This decision has been made with the safety of visitors to the area in mind. You can reach us at or 807 727 1329.

Even though it has recently been cool and damp, the bush is very dry. Soils are thin in Woodland Caribou and it takes little time for vegetation to dry out after precipitation.  Accentuating this situation is the Snowdown Event of 2012 and the sawyer beetle damage throughout the area. Please use the highest level of caution when recreating and travelling in the bush. 

What You'll Like :

  • This wilderness park is a paddler’s paradise offering almost 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes on a myriad of rivers and lakes.
  • Enjoy solitude and commune with nature; Woodland Caribou sees fewer than 1,000 paddlers per season. This undisturbed boreal forest is home to one of the largest groups of woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay.
  • Two major river systems – the Gammon and Bloodvein flow through the park; Bloodvein River is designated as a Canadian Heritage River
  • Excellent fishing for walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout and areas with Smallmouth Bass and muskellunge
  • This area is valued by local First Nations people who call this home and who honour the area with stories and teachings. Pictographs (rock paintings) are located throughout the park and must be treated with respect
  • Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is a partner in the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project. Five First Nations and the Ontario and Manitoba governments are seeking World Heritage Site status for a linked network of protected areas. For more information visit

General Information

Phone: (807) 727-1329
Size: 470620.00 ha
Year established: 1983
Park Classification: Wilderness
227 Howey Street Box 5003
Red Lake
P0V 2M0

2016 Operating Dates

Camping Dates - Interior

January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Day Use Dates

January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Canadian Heritage Rivers System
Northwest Wilderness Quest