Lake Wahtopanah

Lake Wahtopanah, also known as Rivers Reservoir, is a lake on the Little Saskatchewan River just west of the Town of Rivers within the Riverdale Municipality. Its dam was built by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration in 1960 to supplement water supplies for irrigation. It also provides the water supply for the Town of Rivers, stock watering and recreation. Recreational activities to do at the lake include: summer fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling (winter), boating, skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and swimming.

The lake is approximately 2,000 feet (610 meters) wide, and six miles (10kms) long. The deepest point is about 50 feet (15 meters). The reservoir stores approximately 24,500 acre feet and covers an area of 1,580 acres. The drainage area is 1,260 square miles and extends well into Riding Mountain National Park.


Rivers Provincial Park
The Rivers Lake Provincial Park, located 1.6 km (1 mile) east of the Town of Rivers on the west side of Lake Wahtopanah, has a variety of outdoor activities one can enjoy.

On the east side of Lake Wahtopanah you will find Daly Beach and Jake Fast Park. These locations are home to campers, cabin-owners, and year-round residents.Docking stations can be found on either side of the lake.

The lake offers ample opportunities for fishing, swimming, sailing, sunbathing, water skiing, or boating. In particular, you may want to explore the shoreline by canoe, as Wahtopanah means ‘canoe people’! The campground consists of 30 campsites, 20 overflow sites, and 19 seasonal sites. Electrical and non-eletrical serviced sites available (visit the above website for more info). While at the campgrounds, take in a game of miniature golf, try out the beach volleyball court or the playground. The area also contains a concession stand.

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Contact Us

  • 670-2nd Ave, Rivers MB
  • T: (204) 328-5300
  • F: (204) 328-5374

Mailing Address

  • Riverdale Municipality
  • Box 520
  • Rivers MB, R0K 1X0

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday:
  • 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm
  • (Closed Statutory Holidays.)