Bloodvein River

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Bloodvein River
Bloodvein River Manitoba.jpg
Bloodvein River (near the mouth at Bloodvein)
Country Canada
Provinces Ontario, Manitoba
Part of Nelson River basin
Source near Peisk Lake
 - location Ontario
 - elevation 400 m (1,312 ft)
 - coordinates 51°12′03″N 94°22′49″W / 51.20083°N 94.38028°W / 51.20083; -94.38028
Mouth at Bloodvein First Nation
 - location Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba
 - elevation 217 m (712 ft)
 - coordinates 51°47′25″N 96°42′55″W / 51.79028°N 96.71528°W / 51.79028; -96.71528Coordinates: 51°47′25″N 96°42′55″W / 51.79028°N 96.71528°W / 51.79028; -96.71528
Length 300 km (186 mi)
Volume 59.9 m3 (2,115 cu ft)
Bloodvein River is located in Manitoba
Bloodvein River
Location of the mouth of the Bloodvein River

The Bloodvein River is a river in Canada. It flows west from northwest Ontario to the east side of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba through the boreal forests of the Canadian Shield. It is around 300 kilometres (190 mi) long.

First Nation peoples have used the river for centuries, and their petroglyphs and rock paintings can be found on some shoreline cliffs.[5] The river along with many other rivers on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is part of a unique wilderness area untouched by major developments such as logging roads, mines, or dams.

The Bloodvein River became Manitoba's first Canadian Heritage River in 1987. For most of its length, the river is within Atikaki Provincial Park in Manitoba and the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Ontario.[6][5] It is included on Canada's Tentative List for World Heritage sites and has the potential of being part of a United Nations World Heritage Site.[5]

The First Nation community of Bloodvein situated at the mouth is the only major community along the river. The community is served by the Bloodvein River Airport.

Before the winter road was created, besides air, access to the community was only by the ferry the HMV Edgar Wood.

Fish species[edit]

Northern pike, walleye, channel catfish, whitefish, lake trout, sturgeon (catch and release only), chestnut lamprey [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Geographical Names (Bloodvein River)". Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  2. ^ "Atlas of Canada Toporama". Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  3. ^ "Bloodvein River Monitoring Report 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  4. ^ "The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (Bloodvein River)". Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  5. ^ a b c d "Atikaki Provincial Park & Bloodvein Canadian Heritage River" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  6. ^ "The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (Bloodvein River Map)". Retrieved 2014-08-29.