With many Sunrise Corner waterways to experience, you can listen to the birds, watch for ducks and turtles, and let the peaceful sounds of nature envelope you.
Rat River Heritage Marsh
What better place to soak up the sun, enjoy a picnic, fish or paddle than the largest body of water in Sunrise Corner? The Rat River Heritage Marsh, known locally as Ducks Unlimited, is home to birds and wildlife to satisfy the nature lover and a seven-kilometre multi-purpose trail for the adventurer. This serene area can be accessed from Road 16 North, off Hwy 59 just south of Rosa, Manitoba.
The Roseau River twists and curves through Sunrise Corner and eventually meets up with the Red River. It is richly surrounded by nature and wildlife so don’t forget your camera when you go canoeing, kayaking, tubing or fishing. If you launch in Gardenton Park, it’s a two-hour paddle to Stuartburn. If you have all afternoon, take some tubes and some friends and let yourself drift. Access points are located at Gardenton Park on Hwy 209 (by the old pump house or behind the Gardenton Hill) and at the Stuartburn Bridge on Hwy 201.
Running through its namesake bustling community, the Sprague River was a key waterway in the logging industry that formed this settlement. Its slow-moving waters are perfect for a day of tubing, canoeing or casting a line.
Whitemouth Lake is a large but shallow freshwater lake great for canoeing and kayaking. It has been known for walleye fishing, though in recent years, the shallow lake can be susceptible to winter die offs of the fish population. Of note is the Whitemouth Island Ecological Reserve – the most western example of a largely undisturbed deciduous forest of the St. Lawrence – Great Lakes region in Canada containing eight examples of eastern deciduous plants that are considered rare in Manitoba.