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SAFETY NEAR DAMS - A message from MB Hydro

Posted: March 1, 2017

Safety near dams – Pine Falls generating station

The Winnipeg River is home to six hydroelectric dams, including the Pine Falls Generating Station.

Recently, Manitoba Hydro has implemented a number of public safety measures around the Pine Falls Generating Station.  These measures include warning signs, map sign kiosks at boat launches, a safety boom, fencing and most recently the development of a public observation area to replace the fishing platform. Fishing from the former platform area has been discontinued because of the dangers of its proximity to the generating station outflows.

Be alert. For your safety, when around the Pine Falls Generating Station, make sure you:

·         Obey all warning signs, fences, booms, buoys and barriers. The areas identified are dangerous, so stay clear.

·         Listen for the sound of a horn at the generating station indicating that the spillway gates are opening and water flow will change very quickly.

·         Never anchor a boat, canoe or any watercraft to the dam, generating station or the fencing around the observation area. Operation of the station can result in rapidly changing water levels and flows that can take you by surprise swamping your boat or putting you in the grip of an undertow.

·         Do not stand or boat next to closed spillway gates (the part of the dam that raises up to allow excessive water to pass through the station) as these can be opened at any time.

·         Watch out for the many dangerous areas above and below the generating station where the water is flowing very fast, currents are unpredictable and the river is deep. The rocks next to these areas are frequently wet and slippery. Falling into the water at these locations could be fatal.

·         Stay off hydroelectric dams or station structures unless clearly indicated as a walkway.

·         Be aware of the water level and alert to increasing river flows or rising water levels when swimming, fishing or boating in the Winnipeg River.


In winter:

·         Avoid snowmobiling in areas around hydro substations and any other hydroelectric facilities that you may come across, on or off the trail.

·         Stay off waterways near hydroelectric dams and generating stations where fluctuating water levels and currents may result in unstable ice conditions.


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