I know a bit about the Red and the Lake. It will be a big trip! The Red is now dropping bellow flood stage and the Winnipeg floodway will be closing soon. Lake Winnipeg is still frozen and the north basin will have ice for a while. The south basin is relativly shallow and blows up fast, the north is big water. In the north bassin, you only have a few small settlements and once you hit the Hays, you will be on your own. Let me know how you make out. My goal is to do the Lake Manitoba shoreline, likely not this year but hopefully next.