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. Please see the up-to-date list of open and closed areas.

Crandell Mountain Campground is closed for the 2018 operating season due to the Kenow Fire.


Parks Canada operates three vehicle-accessible campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park: Townsite Campground, Crandell Mountain Campground and Belly River Campground. They offer an excellent opportunity to celebrate nature and explore the great outdoors, each providing a unique experience.

While staying, you may wish to take in one of our special activitiesprograms or events.

Our campgrounds are in a special place: a national park conserved as much as possible in a natural state. Enjoy the experience and help us maintain it for generations to come.

General information

Some useful information about camping in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Where to camp

Townsite Campground
Townsite Campground

Open April 13 to October 14, 2018 (weather dependent).

Located at the south end of the Waterton townsite, this campground offers 90 water, sewer and electrical sites, 45 electricity sites, as well as accessible, unserviced and walk-in tent sites.

The campground also has hot showers, flush toilets, food storage and kitchen shelters. There are no individual firepits.

This open, mowed-lawn campground, exposed to winds from Upper Waterton Lake, is an excellent place for RVs or for those who wish to be within walking distance of the town's amenities. The campground is 100% reservable so reservations are advisable if you want to be sure of a site. Mule deer, bighorn sheep and ground squirrels are commonly seen in the campground.

Equipped camping at Townsite Campground
Try out our Equipped Campsite

A new experience is available at Townsite Campground in 2017: Equipped Camping (available July 1 to August 31).

In partnership with MEC, the park has one Equipped Campsite available for reservations and nightly rental.

Equipped Campsites provide an opportunity to camp even if you don’t have camping equipment - or simply want to avoid the hassle of organizing and packing everything for your camping trip.

They include:

  • 6-person tent (set up)
  • 6 sleeping pads (1.5 inches thick when fully inflated)
  • Stove and propane 
  • Lantern
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Pots, pans and dishes
  • Camping permit

What you need to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Food, garbage bags, paper towels, dishwashing soap, oven mitts
  • All personal items (clothes, toiletries, etc.)

The same rules apply to Equipped Campsites as in other areas of the campground. A maximum of six persons will be accommodated at each site. 

Upon check-in, visitors will be asked to complete a rental agreement form and Parks Canada will take a credit card number or card imprint. No money or credit card authorization (additional to the original reservation fee and rental fee) will be taken unless any of the equipment is found to be damaged or lost.

A non-refundable reservation fee of $11.70 is applied to each reservation. A camping fee of $70.00 per night per equipped campsite will be charged. Both reservation fees and camping fees are due when a reservation is made.

To reserve your stay in one of the Equipped Campsites, contact the visitor centre, by either phoning 403-859-5133 or by emailing the park.

Special requirements:

  • Check-in times are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Check-out time is 11 a.m.
  • To prevent wildlife incidents, campers must keep a "bare" campsite. All food and related items must be stored in a hard-sided vehicle or a bear proof food locker.
  • No food preparation, food or drink storage, eating, drinking, or cooking is allowed inside the tent.
  • The maximum number of people per campsite is 6.
  • All vehicles (maximum 2) must be parked in the parking lot.
  • Smoking is not permitted within the tent.
  • Pets are not permitted within the tent.
Crandell Mountain Campground

Crandell Mountain Campground is closed for the 2018 operating season due to the Kenow Fire.

Belly River Campground (primitive)
Belly River Campground

Open May 11, 2018 (weather permitting).

These campsites are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Located along the Chief Mountain Highway, 26 km from Waterton townsite, this self-registration campground offers 24 unserviced sites, flush and dry privies, food storage, kitchen shelters, fire rings and fire wood (fire permit required). Bring your own drinking and cooking water, as no potable water is available at this campground.

A pleasant area of mixed aspen forest, this primitive campground lies right beside the Belly River and is favoured by those campers wanting a more secluded experience. Foxes, bears and deer are common through the area. A campground host program operates in this campground.

Belly River Group Campground

Open May 11, 2018 (weather permitting). Group camping reservations open April 1, 2018. Call: 403-859-5133.

Group camping is available by reservation only at Belly River Campground for groups with a minimum of 25 people. Please contact us for more information or reservations.

Privately-operated campgrounds

Waterton Springs (403-859-2247) and Crooked Creek (403-653-1100) are two privately-operated campgrounds near Waterton Lakes National Park.

Campground host program

People from around the world visit Waterton Lakes National Park to relax, experience the great outdoors and learn about our natural heritage. You can join them by volunteering as a host at one of our campgrounds.

Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They volunteer for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (including weekends). In return, hosts have free entry to the park for a year, a free campsite while they volunteer, a site tour and many other benefits.

You must volunteer for a minimum of two weeks and provide your own self-contained camping unit (RV, truck camper or tent trailer). For more information contact us.