Waterton Lakes National Park

Boat Permit Regulations

  • Quagga mussel-encrusted motor Quagga mussel-encrusted boat
    NPS Photo
    A permit is required to launch any motorized or trailered boats in Waterton Lakes National Park. Hand propelled boats like canoes or rowboats and flotation devices such as float tubes do not require a permit.
  • To obtain the permit you will be asked a few short questions to ensure that the boat has not been in waters where invasive mussels are present.
  • Gate staff are required to stop all vehicles towing boats to ensure that they have a permit, or to provide a permit if they do not have one.
  • The permits are free and are available at the park gate, the visitor reception centre, the administration office, and campground kiosks. The permit must be carried on your person while boating in the park. The permits are valid for the entire season as long as the boat has not been launched in any waters where invasive mussels are thought to be present.
  • If the boat has been operated in waters of concern, then a free boat inspection is required prior to issuing a permit to ensure that the boat does not carry any invasive species.
  • If the inspection indicates the boat is contaminated, then it will not be permitted to launch and must be decontaminated and re-inspected before a permit will be issued.
  • Boats with internal ballast tanks that have been operated in waters of concern will not be permitted to launch.