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

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.


The Rapids at Lang's Crossing - Souris Bend


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