Parts of Red Deer’s trail system closed due to high water levels

Some parts of Red Deer’s trail system have been closed due to high water levels in the Red Deer River.

Cyclists ride and pedestrians walk the North Bank Trail despite its closure by the City of Red Deer due to rising Red Deer River levels Tuesday. The trail from Kiwanis Picnic Park to the Heritage Ranch pedestrian bridge

Cyclists ride and pedestrians walk the North Bank Trail despite its closure by the City of Red Deer due to rising Red Deer River levels Tuesday. The trail from Kiwanis Picnic Park to the Heritage Ranch pedestrian bridge

Some parts of Red Deer’s trail system have been closed due to high water levels in the Red Deer River.

Sections of the North Bank Trail within the Waskasoo Park system were shut down. The trail from Kiwanis Picnic Park to the Heritage Ranch pedestrian bridge, as well as the canoe launch at 45th Avenue and 59th Street, are closed until further notice.

Temporary barricades have been put in place in these locations to keep people a safe distance from the river. Spring runoff and recent heavy rainfalls are expected to cause high river levels for a few more weeks, according to city staff.

People are being urged to use caution near the river, obey all signs and stay a safe distance away from dangerous areas.

Parks staff are also watching water conditions at Lions Campground located along Riverside Drive and Great West Adventure Park, Red Deer’s BMX track, near the river at Kerry Wood Drive.

The South Bank Trail and Devonian Trail remain open.

Anyone who sees trail flooding or hazards can call city Parks at 403-342-8299.