Crandell Mountain Campground is closed due to extensive infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire.

Busy season

Demand is heaviest from mid-June through September, with July and August being the busiest. Crandell Mountain Campground usually fills by early afternoon. As all sites in Townsite Campground may be reserved in advance on the Parks Canada Campground Reservation Service, sites are usually well booked. To ensure you have a site in Townsite Campground, you may wish to use the Parks Canada Reservation Service.


Check-out time is 11 am in our three campgrounds. Please leave your permit with the attendant or deposit it in the box at the kiosk.


Campers must register (at kiosk or self-registration) with their camping unit prior to setting up camp. Both a camping permit and park pass, valid for the length of stay, are required. A nightly fire permit is also required each night you have a fire. Please display your camping permit in a visible location.


Fires are permitted only in camp kitchens in Townsite Campground. All sites at Belly River Campground have campfire grills. A fire permit for each night you have a fire must be purchased at the self-registration booths at the campground. Crandell Mountain Campground has sites with campfire grills and some which are designated no fires. A fire permit is required and firewood is available but campfires are only permitted in the designated fireplaces.

Please do not monopolize the common kitchens located throughout the campgrounds. Never store food or equipment in these buildings. Camping in shelters is not allowed, nor are pets permitted within the shelters. Alcohol may only be consumed on your campsite. Please refrain from using kitchen shelters during quiet hours.

Quiet hours

Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 7 am. Generator use is limited to 7-9 am, 11 am-1 pm, 5-7 pm. Loud partying and rowdiness are not permitted at any time.


Please keep pets on a leash at all times. Don't leave them unattended outside, especially at night, as they can attract carnivores such as bears, cougars, wolves, or coyotes, and may be attacked. If they must be left out, confine them in a kennel with a secure top. In consideration of other campers, please clean up after your pet.

Be cautious when walking your dog. The mule deer may have fawns and will aggressively defend them, especially in spring. They may attack without provocation, and can seriously injure or kill a dog. If you see a deer, leave the area immediately.


Animals rely on every part of this landscape for their survival. Their travel routes, natural food sources, mating grounds, and resting sites don't necessarily stop at the campground boundary. This means you may encounter wildlife at any time. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at dusk and dawn, or in densely vegetated areas.

Read Keep the Wild in Wildlife for advice on safe viewing practices. Please immediately report all bear, cougar, or coyote sightings to park staff.

Campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park have a "Bare" Campsite Program in place. A special effort is being made by park staff and campers to ensure that no wildlife attractants are left unattended at any sites in these campgrounds. The Bare Campsite Program is in place for your safety, and to help keep the wildlife in our national parks alive and wild.

Anything that has an odour or could be considered food may attract wildlife to your site. Place garbage in bins, avoid cooking inside tents and tent trailers, and store all food supplies, including coolers, in your vehicle.

When people leave their food out, bears and other animals attracted to it can lose their fear of humans. Once an animal gets used to human food, it becomes a risk to public safety, and may be destroyed. By keeping a bare campsite, you're playing an important part in preventing the creation of problem animals.

Dump stations

Townsite and Crandell Mountain campgrounds offer dumping stations.


Showers are available at Townsite Campground only, but may be used by those registered in Crandell Mountain or Belly River campgrounds.


There are both serviced and electrical wheelchair accessible sites and washrooms available in Townsite Campground.

Learning opportunities
Interpretive programs are available in the Townsite and Crandell campgrounds during the summer months. These programs are included with your park fee and everyone is welcome.