Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public after the Kenow Fire. Closures are still in effect for other areas due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage.

Updated: November 23, 2017

  • Parks Canada facilities and services
    Facilities and Services Road access Status
    Park gate Highway 5 Variable weekday hours. Open weekends and holidays.
    Park reception (located in Operations compound) Highway 5 Monday to Friday, 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm year round. Contact: 403-859-5133 or email waterton.info@pc.gc.ca
    Visitor centre - Information available at park reception or park gate. Temporary location due to Kenow fire opens in May 2018.
  • Scenic drives and roads
    Road Road access Status
    Akamina Parkway Cameron Lake Closed to all use including non-motorized access until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Bison overlook to Bellevue / Horseshoe trailhead Highway 5 Access not maintained in winter.
    Chief Mountain Highway Highway 6 Open just beyond Chief Mountain overlook (Sofa Mountain pull-out).
    Red Rock Parkway to Bellevue trailhead Red Rock Parkway Open to non-motorized use (walking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing) to Bellevue trailhead. No road clearing or track setting.
    Red Rock Parkway beyond Bellevue trailhead to Red Rock Canyon day-use area Red Rock Parkway No access (including non-motorized use) past Bellevue trailhead until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
  • Overlooks and lookouts
    Overlook (road accessible) Road access Status
    Bison Paddock Highway 6 Open - access weather dependent.
    Chief Mountain Highway 6 Open - access weather dependent.
    Maskinonge Highway 6 Open - access weather dependent.
    Prince of Wales hill Highway 5 Access not maintained in winter.
  • Waterton Townsite
    Location Status
    Cameron Bay cook shelter Open - access weather dependent.
    Community cook shelters - Waterton Avenue Open - access weather dependent.
    Cameron Falls washroom Open.
    Fire Hall washroom Open.
    Cemetery Open - access weather dependent.
  • Campgrounds
    Campground Road access Status
    Belly River Highway 6 Open May 11, 2018 (weather permitting). Group camping reservations open April 1, 2018. Phone: 403-859-5133.
    Crandell Mountain Red Rock Parkway Closed for 2018 operating season due to the Kenow fire.
    Pass Creek winter camping Highway 5 Open November 22, 2017 to April 1, 2018 (access weather dependent). Improvement work may temporarily halt access.
    Townsite Highway 5 Open April 13 to October 14, 2018 (weather dependent). Reservations open January 11, 2018 (8 am MST) for stays from May 12, 2018 to September 9, 2018.
    Camping Reservations - Visit our campground reservations page for information on Townsite Campground, Belly River Campground and backcountry campgrounds.
  • Day-use areas
    Day-use area Road access Status
    Cameron Lake Akamina Parkway Closed due to Kenow fire.
    Coppermine Creek Red Rock Parkway Closed due to Kenow fire.
    Driftwood Beach Highway 5 Open - access not maintained in winter.
    Emerald Bay Highway 5 Open - access not maintained in winter.
    Hay Barn Highway 5 Open - access not maintained in winter.
    Knight's Lake Highway 5 Open - access not maintained in winter.
    Linnet Bay Highway 5 Open - access not maintained in winter.
    Maskinonge Highway 6 and 5 Open - access not maintained in winter.
    McNeely's Akamina Parkway Closed due to Kenow fire.
    Pass Creek Highway 5 Open - access weather dependent.
    Little Prairie Akamina Parkway Closed due to Kenow fire.
    Red Rock Canyon Red Rock Parkway Closed to all vehicle and non-motorized access until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Lost Horse Creek Red Rock Parkway Closed to all vehicle and non-motorized access until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
  • Trails
    Trailheads along Highway 5 (east park boundary to Waterton townsite)
    Trail Road access Status
    Bear's Hump Highway 5 Closed until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Bertha Falls, Lower and Bertha Lake Highway 5 Closed until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Carthew-Alderson Highway 5 Closed until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Crandell Mountain loop (including operations compound to Blakiston Creek and Red Rock Parkway entrance to Crandell Mountain Campground) Highway 5 Closed until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Kootenai Brown Highway 5 Open - check trail report for current conditions.
    Lakeshore (Waterton townsite to Canada-U.S.A. border) Highway 5 Closed until further notice due to Kenow Fire.
    Linnett Lake loop Highway 5 Open, check trail report for current conditions.
    Prince of Wales hill Highway 5 Open, check trail report for current conditions.
    Townsite loop Highway 5 and various locations in townsite Open along lakeshore only. Detour at the marina. Check the trail report.
    Trailheads along Highway 6 (between north park boundary and international border)
    Trail Road access Status
    Bellevue Access to trailhead from Bison overlook not maintained Open - checktrail report for current conditions.
    Crypt Lake - Open - check trail report for current conditions. *Water taxi not currently in operation.
    Horseshoe Basin / Oil Basin - Closed at Bellevue trail junction
    Vimy Ridge (from Wishbone junction) Highway 6 Open - check trail report for current conditions.
    Wishbone Highway 6 Open - check trail report for current conditions.
    Trailheads along Red Rock Parkway
    Trail Road access Status
    Bellevue Non-motorized access to trailhead via Red Rock Parkway only. Open - check trail report for current conditions.
    All other trails - Closed until further notice due to Kenow fire.
    Trailheads along Akamina Parkway
    Trail Road access Status
    All trails - Closed until further notice due to Kenow fire.
  • Map of open and closed areas
    Mao of open and closed areas in Waterton Lakes National Park

    Areas highlighted in green are open to the public and the areas in red are closed until further notice.
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