Reservation launch 2023: January - February at 8 am CST

Campsites & Accommodations

The 2022 Camping reservations are now open. Step out of the ordinary into a fresh air wilderness adventure by booking your campsite, oTENTik, Yurt or MicrOcube here: Parks Canada Reservations.

Accessible Campsites

Wasagaming campground has a selection of serviced accessible campsites designed for visitors with mobility impairments. Phone the RMNP front desk at 204-848-7275 until end of April to book your site. From May to October, please phone the Wasagaming campground directly to book at 204-848-7259 OR 204-848-7263. Feel free to email us.

Camping opportunities | Camping basics

Frontcountry camping

Camping in Riding Mountain National Park - What's new


  • All front country camping locations include a picnic table and firepits. Most locations also have bear-proof lockers for safe food storage in addition to kitchen shelters in case the weather isn’t cooperating.
  • To maintain the family-friendly atmosphere that attracts thousands here every year, quiet hours, including a liquor, cannabis and fire curfew (fires are supposed to be put out by 1am), are in place between 11 pm and 7 am. Please report noise disturbances to campground staff.
  • To avoid missing out on booking your ideal camping experience, make sure you make a camping reservation before coming to Riding Mountain National Park.
 
 

Campground locations

 

Campground Summary

Campground Open Reservable # of sites Site types (in point form)
Wasagaming campground Mid May to mid October Reservable 427 unserviced electrical (pull-through), electricity and water (back in), electricity, water and sewer (pull-through), a few accessible sites (3-way service) for mobility impairments
Deep Lake Mid May to mid October self-registration 12 unserviced
Moon Lake Mid May to mid October self-registration 24 unserviced
Whirlpool Lake Mid May to mid October self-registration 14 (tent only) unserviced
Lake Audy Mid May to mid October self-registration 19 unserviced
 
Whirlpool Lake Campground (tenting only)

On Hwy 19, 15 km (9.5 miles) from Wasagaming. This small, intimate campground provides large walk-in unserviced tenting sites with views of Whirlpool Lake. Sites vary from open to semi-wooded with fair to moderate privacy. Parking is available at the campground entrance, approximately 50 metres from the campsites. Campers can enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and non-motorized boating.

  • Self-registration 
  • 14 unserviced sites with firepits and picnic tables; tenting only (must carry your equipment 50 metres) 
  • Kitchen shelter 
  • Firewood 
  • Accessible privy 
  • Boat dock 
  • Nearby trails include Cowan Lake, Grey Owl, and Gorge Creek 
  • Fee information

Fees

Please see our fees page for more information.

Parks Canada Reservations.

Moon Lake
Moon Lake

Only 30 minutes from Dauphin is Moon Lake campground. Bring your canoe for a quick paddle, hike 9.2 km around the lake, or have a picnic by the water.

pdf-icon Moon Lake brochure (764 KB)

Services

  • 24 unserviced sites with fire pits and picnic tables.
  • 3 oTENTiks available year round, reservations required at Parks Canada Reservations. Please note: there is no electricity at the Moon Lake oTENTiks.
  • Self-registration.
  • Accessible flushable toilets. SUMMER MONTHS ONLY
  • Running water in bathrooms. There are no showers. SUMMER MONTHS ONLY
  • Seasonal access to potable water.
  • Nearby day-use area with kitchen shelter.
  • Fire pits and firewood.
  • Bear proof storage containers.
  • Boat dock and launch (no vehicle access). *Mandatory watercraft inspection required.

Fees

Please see our fees page for more information. Moon Lake requires self-registration. Please come with a cheque or cash to pay your campsite fee. Visitors are required to have an annual or daily pass.

Parks Canada Reservations.

Moon Lake Campground is not reservable on the Parks Canada reservations system. It is self-registration, meaning they are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Deep Lake
Deep Lake 

Looking to explore the far west of Riding Mountain? Try Deep Lake for an unforgettable wilderness experience.

Services

  • 12 unserviced sites.
  • Self-registration.
  • Accessible outhouses.
  • Fire wood.
  • Fire pits.
  • Picnic tables.
  • RV dump station
  • Boat dock and launch. *Mandatory watercraft inspection required.
  • Fish cleaning station.
  • Bear proof storage containers.

Fees

Please see our fees page for more information. Deep Lake requires self-registration. Please come with a cheque or cash to pay your campsite fee. Visitors are required to have an annual or daily pass.

Reservations

Deep Lake Campground is not reservable on the Parks Canada reservations system. It is self-registration, meaning they are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Parks Canada Reservations.

Lake Audy Campground

The oTENTiks (3 in total) at Lake Audy are available for reservations Parks Canada Reservations.

As always, these sites are available on a first come, first served basis with a self-registration process in place.

  • 19 unserviced sites.
  • Self-registration.
  • Accessible outhouses.
  • Fire wood.
  • Fire pits.
  • Picnic tables.
  • Boat dock and launch. *Mandatory watercraft inspection required.
  • Bear proof storage containers.

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Backcountry camping

Step into the untouched wilderness of Riding Mountain and experience the park in a new way. As a backcountry user, you can access hidden gems not seen by most visitors. Parks Canada Reservations.

Planning

In the backcountry of Riding Mountain, you will find maintained hiking trails and designated campsites with a fire pit, firewood, pit privy, picnic table, and a bear proof food storage container. Pre-trip planning and preparedness is essential for travel in the backcountry. These are wilderness areas and all precautions should be taken.

Trail conditions, levels of difficulty, distance between campsites, mode of travel, water availability, bear activity, and weather forecast and conditions are all factors to be considered before and during your trip.

Safety

When planning a trip into the backcountry of Riding Mountain National Park, at least one person in your party should be able to recognize natural hazards and have experience in wilderness first aid. Caution and self-reliance are essential.

  • Know your physical limits.
  • Inform friends or family of your itinerary.
  • Ensure that you have adequate food, water, clothing and equipment for your trip.
  • Be prepared for at least one day more than your planned trip.
  • In case of EMERGENCY, call 911 or Parks Canada Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100, but remember cell phone reception in the backcountry is not reliable.

Water

All backcountry travellers should carry a portable stove for cooking. If you have a campfire, keep it small, do not leave it unattended and be sure it is fully extinguished when you are finished.

Wash dishes well away from any water sources and keep the use of soap to a minimum (even biodegradable soaps are pollutants). When washing dishes, strain the bits of food waste and pack them out. Disperse strained water on the land.

Disposal

When it comes to garbage if you pack it in—pack it out. Littering is unlawful and hazardous to wildlife.

Do not dispose of garbage in pit privies.

Use the pit privies provided. If there are no pit privies, select a spot away from trails, campsites and at least 70 m away from water sources. Dig a hole 12 to 16 cm deep to reach the dark-coloured biologically active soil layer. When filling the hole with soil, do not pack it down. Pack out toilet paper and used feminine hygiene products.

Pets

Dogs or other pets cause stress for wildlife. Dogs, like wolves and coyotes, may be seen as a threat. Off-leash dogs can trigger aggressive behaviour from wildlife such as black bears, moose, and elk. To prevent unsafe situations, it is your responsibility to:

  • Ensure your dog is on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Pick up and dispose of your pet’s waste in a garbage bin.
  • Consider leaving your dog at home if you plan to camp, hike or go into the backcountry.
oTENTiks

Includes: Each oTENTik comes equipped with a table and four chairs, a bench, hooks for hanging items, beds to sleep six and a heat and light source. The campsite has a deck, fire-pit and a picnic table. Site amenities may differ; Please refer to the site descriptions for specifics. Parks Canada Reservations.

What to bring: sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, food, drinks and a water container (ONLY Wasagaming campground water is potable), portable BBQ, cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils, a cooler, flashlights, matches or a lighter to start a fire in the cooking shelter, long burning fire logs and fire starters, camping chairs. Slippers or indoor shoes to keep a clean oTENTik.  

  • In Wasagaming Campground only, oTENTiks: 709, 711, 727, 729, 730 and 731 are pet friendly.
  • All other oTENTiks are pet free.
  • There are also summer and winter oTENTiks at Moon Lake and summer oTENTiks at Lake Audy.
  • oTENTiks 706, 713, 715, and 716 have ramps for easier access.
  • Check-in anytime after 3 pm. Self check-in is available when the campground office is closed.
Group camping

So you want to take 50 of your best friends camping? That’s awesome. We have exactly what you are looking for. From beach access to being nestled in the forest; taking to the wilderness with your friends is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do. All of the group camping locations listed below include:

  • Reservations and a deposit are required call 204-848-7275 to reserve.
  • Check-in time is 2:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am

Wasagaming Campground - 218

Group camping is located at site 218. The site is equipped with electricity. The group camping area has privacy from neighbouring sites with many trees and a large grassy area for equipment to be set up on. There is a kitchen shelter nearby and since the site is located in the Wasagaming Campground it offers close proximity to the beach and town site.

  • 10 people minimum, 15 people maximum, $5.25 per person
  • Site can accommodate 6 tents or 1 RV/camper and 5 tents. 
  • Amenities include: electricity on site (15/30 Amps), raised tent pad, picnic tables, large in ground fire pit, kitchen shelter and washrooms facilities nearby, potable water within the campground.
  • Parking space for 4 vehicles. Additional parking nearby.
  • Beach access is within a twenty-minute walk from the site.
  • Campers must comply with the rules and regulations of the Wasagaming Campground.

Camp Kipp

 

Located 14.7 km (9 miles) from Wasagaming off Hwy 354. This private spot in the forest at the West end of Clear Lake has a beautiful beach and a large grassy day-use area.

  • 10 people minimum
  • Accommodates tents and small trailers
  • Amenities include a campfire circle, 2 kitchen shelters, 2 pit privies, firepits, picnic tables, firewood, and well water
  • Beach access
  • $157.50/night (up to 60 people max.)

Lake Audy Horse Corral:

 

The Lake Audy Horse Corral Campsite is situated 41.1km from Wasagaming via Highway 10 and Lake Audy Road or 44km from Wasagaming off Highway 354. It is a wide-open campsite situated on the prairies of the Lake Audy plain. The Jackfish Creek flows nearby with many trails leading to the water's edge.

There are four horse corrals at the site that can accommodate up to 25 horses. Sites 1 and 2 are each suitable for one large camping unit, while site 3 can accommodate up to three large camping units. With close access to Lake Audy, the Bison Range and surrounding trails, this campsite is an excellent base camp for many adventures.

  • 10 people minimum
  • Accommodates tents and trailers
  • Amenities include a campfire circle, 2 pit privies, firepits, picnic tables, firewood.
  • $78.75/night (up to 30 people max.)

Ma-Ma-O-Pe

 

Located 13.3 km (8 miles) from Wasagaming off Hwy 10. Ma-Ma-O-Pe is a private, secluded camping area deep in the forest. The area is wooded and ideal for nature enthusiasts and groups seeking solitude.

  • 10 people minimum
  • Tents and camper vans only; entrance to campground is a long and winding road that cannot accommodate large vehicles such as buses or RVs
  • Amenities include picnic tables, firepits, a group campfire circle, firewood, kitchen shelter, pit privies
  • No beach access
  • $105/night (up to 40 people max.)
Winter camping

Winter Camping

Embrace Winter as your new Summer by experiencing fun, cozy, and romantic camping adventures in RMNP. Whether you prefer the challenge of Winter tent camping or snuggling up by a woodstove in one of our Winter oTENTiks, we have exactly what you seek.

Winter oTENTiks

Wasagaming Campground offers 6 oTENTiks that are available year-round. These oTENTiks are equipped with electric light and heating, as well as a woodstove for a truly cozy experience. Step out your door and access a network of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, or head down to nearby Wasagaming for winter rentals, ice skating and delicious hot chocolate. Parks Canada Reservations.

Amenities include:

  • Heated washroom with warm water showers
  • Heated Kitchen Shelter with electricity
  • Close access to winter trail systems
  • Close access to Wasagaming
  • Firewood provided

Moon Lake has 3 oTENTiks available year-round. Located 30 minutes North of Wasagaming, Moon Lake is a beautiful spot to immerse yourself in nature. Moon Lake oTENTiks provide a more rustic experience – Your oTENTik comes equipped with a woodstove and lanterns to meet your heating and lighting needs. Parks Canada Reservations.

Frontcountry Camping:

Wasagaming campground offers a selection of unserviced campsites year-round for your winter camping pleasure. Campers are welcome to make use of the heated four-season kitchen shelter that is located steps away for the campsites. Parks Canada Reservations.

Amenities include:

  • Heated washroom with warm water showers
  • Heated Kitchen Shelter with electricity
  • Close access to winter trail systems
  • Close access to Wasagaming
  • Firewood provided

Moon Lake campground may be accessed year-round for unserviced camping. Winter camping amenities include a pit privy toilet and access to firewood. Register your campsite upon arrival at the Moon Lake campground self-register station.

Backcountry Camping:

For those looking for a wilder camping experience, all Riding Mountain backcountry campsites remain open year-round. Backcountry campsites are unserviced, and require the camper to walk, ski or snowshoe in from the assigned trailhead parking area. You must reserve your campsite online prior to your arrival.

What to bring

Trip planning checklist

  • Select a trip that best suits your party’s abilities and experience, interests, equipment and the time you have available.
  • Familiarize yourself with the trail you have selected. This includes using additional reference guides, our self-service guides and topographical maps.
  • Check trail conditions and weather prior to departure.
  • Be prepared to be self-sufficient during inclement and rapidly changing weather conditions by packing the right clothing and camping gear.
  • Let a friend or family member know about your travel plans. Leave emergency contact information when you reserve.

Summer backcountry equipment checklist

What to bring

This is a list of suggested equipment, which you can adjust to suit your preferences. This equipment list does not account for the special knowledge and equipment required to travel in avalanche terrain. 

Clothing

  • Boots - with ankle support and good soles
  • Extra socks
  • Hat and gloves/mittens
  • Long underwear
  • Raingear – pants and jacket, gaiters
  • Sandals/runners - for fording streams and at camp
  • Shorts, pants and shirt
  • Wool sweater, down vest, or fleece jacket

Shelter

  • Backpack
  • Food – including enough for an extra day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove, fuel, pot, dishes, eating and cooking utensils
  • Tent with waterproof fly
  • Water filter, purification tablets or extra fuel for boiling your water

Other essentials

  • Backcountry permit and reservation
  • Basic toiletries and toilet paper
  • Bear-proof food storage containers (for wildland areas)
  • Bear spray
  • Candle
  • Emergency blanket
  • First aid and blister kit
  • Garbage bags
  • GPS/compass
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Knife
  • Repair kit
  • Rope and carabiner (approx. 8 m)
  • Signaling device (whistle/mirror)
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Topographic map
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof matches and/or lighter

Optional

  • Altimeter
  • Binoculars
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Camera
  • Field guide(s)
  • Insect repellant
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Towel
  • Trekking poles

Winter backcountry equipment checklist

What to bring

This is a list of suggested equipment, which you can adjust to suit your preferences.

Clothing

  • Fleece pants and vest
  • Gaiters or insulated over-boots
  • Insulating top (synthetic)
  • Long underwear top/bottom
  • Outer shell top and pants
  • Synthetic outer socks with wicking inner socks
  • Warm hat and gloves/mitts

Snow gear

  • Shovel
  • Backcountry skis
  • Boots
  • Poles
  • Ski repair kit (spare binding parts, tools)
  • Skins
  • Snow kit (crystal card, loupe, thermometer)

Camping gear

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water treatment or filter
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove and fuel
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Cooking/eating utensils

Other essentials

  • Backcountry permit and reservation
  • Candle, fire starter
  • Compass and topo map
  • Emergency blanket
  • First Aid and blister kit
  • Food
  • Headlamp extra batteries
  • Knife
  • Repair kit
  • Signalling whistle/mirror
  • Sunglasses, goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Trip plan (left with friend)
  • Water and Gatorade
  • Waterproof matches/lighter

Optional

  • Altimeter
  • Binoculars
  • Book, deck of cards
  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Knee pads
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Rope

Useful links

Reservations

To reserve your accommodation, visit Parks Canada Reservations. For more information on booking an accommodation, check-in, policies, etc, please visit our reservable accommodation information page.