There are a number of excellent picnicking and day use areas within Waterton Lakes National Park. See the map below for their locations.

All day use areas are equipped with picnic tables. Most have washroom facilities, a water source nearby (boil before use) and some type of shelter with wood stove.

Fires are only allowed where designated. Metal fire pits or barbeques are available. Firewood is not provided.

Day use area map

 

Day use area facilities

Areas in and around the Townsite
Area Picnic tables Fire pit / Fire box / Stove Picnic shelter Toilet
Cameron Falls 4 No No Flush
Cameron Bay 4 2 stoves (in shelters) 2 (partially enclosed) Flush
Community Kitchen Closed 3 2 fireplaces / 1 stove (in shelter) 1 (enclosed) Flush
Lakeshore 2 (in shelter) 1 stove (in shelter) 1 (enclosed) Flush
Emerald Bay Closed 16 1 stove (in shelter) 1 (enclosed) Flush
Areas along the Entrance Road
Area Picnic tables Fire pit / Fire box / Stove Picnic shelter Toilets
Linnet Lake 2 No No Flush
Driftwood Beach 2 No No No
Pass Creek 8 (6 sites) 6 fire pits, 1 stove (in shelter) 1 (enclosed) Dry
Hay Barn Parking available, facilities closed 3 3 - N/A
Knight's Lake Closed for construction - - - -
Areas along Akamina Parkway
Area Picnic tables Fire pit / Fire box / Stove Picnic shelter Toilets
Cameron Lake 6 No 1 (partially enclosed) Dry
Little Prairie Parking available, facilities closed - - - -
McNeely's Closed due to wildfire damage - - - -
Areas along Red Rock Parkway
Area Picnic tables Fire pit / Fire box / Stove Picnic shelter Toilets
Red Rock Canyon 11 (3 in shelter) 1 stove (in shelter) 1 (enclosed) Dry
Lost Horse Creek Closed for construction 4 1 stove (in shelter) 1 (open) Dry
Coppermine Closed for construction - - - -
Areas along Highway 6
Area Picnic tables Fire pit / Fire box / Stove Picnic shelter Toilets
Maskinonge 13 2 fire boxes / 2 stoves 1 (enclosed) Dry

Things to keep in mind

  • Day use areas are open from 7 am to 10 pm
  • Alcohol is not allowed at day use areas
  • Picnic shelters/kitchens cannot be reserved
  • Smoking is not permitted in picnic shelters/kitchens
  • Fires are only allowed where designated, metal fire pits or fire boxes are available. Firewood is not provided
  • Camping is not allowed at day use areas (unless otherwise stated)
  • Picnic shelters/kitchens in Townsite Campground are for use by registered campers only
  • Day use areas should be kept clean at all times. Pack out what you take in
  • To prevent wildlife incidents, store all food, garbage and scented items in a vehicle or a bear proof storage container when not in use. Never feed wild animals
  • Check the weather and plan accordingly
  • Consider using reusable items instead of plastic cups, cutlery and plates, to cut down on waste