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#8 of 23 provincial parks in Manitoba

Best trails in Duck Mountain Provincial Park

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Looking for a great trail in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Manitoba? AllTrails has 41 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 27 moderate trails in Duck Mountain Provincial Park ranging from 0.8 to 21.5 miles and from 1,440 to 2,549 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is located on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border within Duck Mountain Provincial Forest. Baldy Mountain is the highest point in the park, which is also the highest point in Manitoba at 831 metres above sea level. The terrain winds over rolling hills, through mixed wood and coniferous stands and grassy areas. Vehicle Permit Fees: Daily $9.50 Casual (3-day) $16.50 Annual $44.50 Park permits can be purchased online through Manitoba Licensing. Campsite Reservations can be purchased online through the Parks Reservation Service.

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Map of trails in Duck Mountain Provincial Park
Park information
Acreage:
351,878 acres
Contact
306-542-5500
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Top trails (41)
#1 - Blue Lakes Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
The Blue Lakes Trail is a maintained trail which borders the shorelines of both West Blue and East Blue Lakes. The terrain winds over rolling hills, through mixedwood and coniferous stands and grassy areas which may be wet at times. Take in the beauty of the spring fed Blue lakes at the four picnic areas and numerous view points. Show more
#2 - Moose Lake, Ski Hill Shelter, Sergeant Lake Loop via Batka Lake Trail Head
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
First off, welcome to Black Bear Country, so pack your bear spray. The Batka Lake Trailhead is located right on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border with the Eastern third of the lake being located in West Central Manitoba and the western two thirds are located in East Central Saskatchewan and represents the southern limit of the boreal forest, in its transition zone to aspen parkland. To get to the Trail head from Highway 57 take your first left after the Madge Lake Golf Course, this road will be clearly marked with a sign for Batka Lake and Duck Mountain Ski Resort. Take this gravel road for 3 km and take the 2nd right into the Batka Lake Campground. This 11.3 km long trail loop is apart of a year round accessible trail system that is typically used for cross country skiing in the winter months. This trail features a rolling terrain through a forest of white spruce, black spruce, tamarack larch, trembling aspen, balsam poplar, and paper birch dotted with plenty of underground spring fed lakes, creeks, fens and sloughs. This is a trail for mid level hikers looking for a challenging day trip with 261 meters of elevation gain with this trail's highest point reaching 698 m above sea level. A cool hidden gem on this trail is that there are two year round shelter cabins large enough to sleep 2-3 people located at Moose Lake and at the Junction of Ski Hill and Puddle Lake trails. Both shelters are equipped with an outdoor toilet, wood stove, firewood, books, canned food and basic survival tools to be used if needed but I would still recommend packing your own food as you may run the risk of arriving at one of the shelters before it could be restocked after it's last visitors. Remember to pack out with you pack in so do not leave your garbage in or around the shelter as this will attract bears and other wildlife to the area. There is no drinking water available at the shelters so remember to pack at least 3L of water per person if you are planning to do any cooking while visiting these shelters. There are fish located in both Batka and Moose Lake so pack your fishing gear including a fillet knife. Burbot, White Sucker, Northern Pike, Perch and Walleye are located in both Batka and Moose Lakes. This area of the park is also home to Loons, Canada Geese, Woodpeckers, Porcupines, Bobcats, Black Bears, Beavers, White Tail Deer, Elk, Lynx, Coyote and Timberwolves. Best time of year to complete this loop is in Late Spring/Early Summer (May/June) as there are less bugs due to he cool weather and the forest will almost entirely in full boom but the weather won't be overwhelmingly warm and humid as it tend to get on the South Side of the Duck Mountains in July and August. Show more
#3 - Pelly Point Nature Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#4 - Baldy Mountain Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 56 m
No trip to the Ducks is complete without visiting Baldy Mountain. The view from up here is amazing! Baldy Mountain is known for being the highest point in Manitoba at 832 meters above sea level (2,727 ft), making it the highest point along the 563 km long Manitoba escarpment. The viewing tower and the trail have fourteen on-site interpretive signs that describe the fur trade, the early inhabitants, the first ranger's cabin and the resource rich land known as the "Ducks". Trailhead is situated on top of Baldy Mountain along with a picnic site. The slightly difficult trail descends and returns on Baldy Mountain's southwest slope. The maintained trail will take you past an old ranger cabin and stables (322 m from tower) before entering the loop trail. The full return trip is 2.9 km. A pleasant rest stop at the far end over looks a wetland. The trail crosses running springs and winds through mixed forests that are a century old. Early settlers in the area named it "Baldy" because forest fires had burnt it bare. Show more
#5 - Shining Stone Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
Shining Stone Self Guided Trail is a maintained trail situated on a peninsula protruding into West Blue. Formed thousands of years ago, it is a remnant of the last great ice age. The peninsula consists of a thick layer of glacial debris (boulders, gravel and clay) over a finger-shaped bedrock ridge. At 30 m higher than West Blue Lake, the crest of the peninsula offers great views of the clear waters below. The rocks seen on the lake bottom appear to shimmer and shine through the depths of clear water, hence the name "Shining Stone". The lake has no permanent inlets or outlets and is fed by freshwater springs on the lake bottom. Show more
#6 - Puddle Lake, Ski Hill, Sergeant Lake, and Balka Major Loop
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
#7 - Spray Lake Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
The Spray Lake area is surrounded by steep rolling hills which can provide breathtaking photos during all seasons. The maintained trail takes you along the lower edge of "Blue Hills", bordering Spray Lake. There are two loops: the short loop is 1.4 km hike and takes you along the west shore of Spray Lake to the first rest area overlooking the narrows of the lake. You can circle back at the half way point along the hillside back to the parking lot or continue onto the long loop (3.3 km) which circles along the south end of the lake before heading back to meet up with the short loop. Terrain can be steep in areas but there are four resting areas along the trail. After your hike enjoy the picnic area at the parking lot or venture down the steep hill to the fishing dock. Show more
#8 - Copernicus Hill Loop
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 26 m
The Copernicus Hill Trail is a maintained trail which winds over steep slopes to the summit and back. At the top, you will find a monument to the Polish-born Nicolaus Copernicus (founder of modern astronomy 1473-1543); a plaque describes his work that changed the course of human history. A viewing tower provides a spectacular northward view and a great spot to for a break or snack. From here, hikers can access the Glad Lake trail or continue back down the hill slide to the trailhead.Show more
#9 - Island Lake Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Island Lake is a moderately sized lake (~50ha) in the Duck Mountain Provincial Park. The lake is located at the along an old logging road. ATV use is prohibited in the Duck Mountain Provincial Park, and is most commonly accessed by snowmobile in the winter months. This trail is not maintained may be re-opened for logging operations in the future. Be sure to contact the nearest government office for updated information before using this trail. Island Lake is home to a good northern pike population. There is a cleared area on the lake shore where a small watercraft (i.e. canoe) can be launched.Show more
#10 - Glad Lake Trail
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
The Glad Lake hiking trail is a maintained trail that loops around two waterbodies, over creeks and rolling terrain which borders shoreline of Glad Lake. The one unnamed lake you circle, connects Glad Lake and Wellman Lake by a small stream littered with a series of beaver dams. The second waterbody you pass by is a landlocked lake known as Caverly Lake. There are two options, including the short loop of 3 km hike or an additional 1.5 km (one way) to the Copernicus Hill Tower. There are a few rest areas along the 3 km of trail, with some water crossings areas which are a great place to take a break as well as a picnic table at the top of the lookout. The full hike to Copernicus Hill and back is 6.0 km.Show more
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