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Bloodvein River
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Bloodvein River (near the mouth at Bloodvein)
Bloodvein River is located in Manitoba
Bloodvein River
Location of the mouth of the Bloodvein River
Country Canada
Provinces
Physical characteristics
Main source near Peisk Lake
Ontario
400 m (1,300 ft)
River mouth at Bloodvein First Nation
Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba
217 m (712 ft)
Length 300 km (190 mi)
Basin features
River system Nelson River basin

The Bloodvein River is a river in Canada. It flows west from its headwaters in Red Lake in 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. Lakes along its length include Knox Lake, Pipestone Lake and Artery Lake.

First Nation peoples have used the river for centuries, and their petroglyphs and rock paintings can be found on some shoreline cliffs. 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. 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.

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.

From 1980 to 2015, Bloodvein was only accessible by the HMV Edgar Wood Ferry during warm months. The ferry operated for 35 years until it was cancelled in 2015, due to decreased usage after the completion of a road allowing access to Bloodvein.

Fish species

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

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