Canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding

Waterton Lakes National Park

Beginning April 1, 2024: all non-motorized watercraft from outside of the park are prohibited from entering water bodies in Waterton Lakes National Park.

The park offers some excellent opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding - particularly on hot, calm summer days.

Extreme caution should be used on any of the Waterton lakes due to frequent high winds and rough water conditions. Weather and water conditions can change quickly in Waterton's mountain valleys. All park waters are very cold.

More experienced paddlers can head to the south end of Upper Waterton Lake and cross the international boundary into Glacier National Park.

A kayak is a good choice for exploring the lakes and rivers of Waterton. A spray skirt is recommended on the main Waterton Lakes.

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an increasingly popular way of getting out on the water in Waterton. SUPs are generally used as an alternative to canoeing or kayaking, called flat water paddling, where a rider paddles across calmer waters.

SUP is a good way to test your balance and core strength. You could even get out early, enjoy the sunrise and try yoga on a paddleboard!

Boaters planning to stay overnight at a backcountry campsite accessible by water (Bertha Bay and Boundary Bay) require a backcountry use permit. Please refer to backcountry camping. Overnight camping or sleeping on boats is not permitted.

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