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Off The Beaten Path - Hikes and Explorations in the Brandon Region

The Souris Bend

Lang's Crossing Trail


See Also: 

WMA's - A Treasure in Distress

 Elk Trail    /    The Gregory Mill Trail
















A network of trails has been established in the Souris Bend Wildlife Management Area.  They are a combination rough, at some times barely defined,  trails designed primarily for horses, old cart tracks, and road allowances. They cross some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in Manitoba.






Rapids from upstream




Rapids from upstream




Rapids from upstream

Take a short hike to the crossing, or follow a longer trail north.



Rapids from upstream




Rapids up close and personal



Rapids up close and personal



7.  Rapids from downstream



8. Rapids from downstream



9.  About a kilometre downstream looking back



About a km downstream looking ahead



Begininng of the trail, looking towards the "Big Bend" of the Souris River.



Overview of the Souris Bend




Twists and turns on the Souris River



The old crossing in high water, July, 24 2014.
On most years one could walk across here in mid-summer. I've seen jeeps drive across in the fall.




15. Towards the lip of the river channel.



16. Lush growth in this wet year. Flowers everywhere.



Overlooking the old crossing from the west.



Downstream from the crossing. The valley often has two levels.
Gentle rolling descent from the prairie is followed by sharp valley walls along many parts of the channel.




 
Another view



There is often a nice updraft. Watched a group of up to five eagles for some time.
The best part was when swooped up out of the valley right in front of me.




Golden Eagle along the river valley



High water has extended this bend significantly since my first visit nearly twenty years ago.
 




Video:

The Rapids at Lang's Crossing - Souris Bend



G.P.S.

Start of Trail:

49* 27' 52.62" N
99* 52' 20.42" W

Rapids & Crossing

49* 27' 39.32" N
99* 50' 38.94" W







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