Waterton Park announces ban on motorized, trailered boats

Print Article

A sunrise view of Waterton from Glacier National Park in this file photo. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)

Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada has announced it too will institute a boat ban after aquatic invasive mussels were found in the Tiber Reservoir in Montana last year.

The Waterton ban comes on the heels of Glacier National Parkís ban, which was announced last fall and remains in effect. Glacierís ban is similar to Watertonís.

Watertonís ban is limited to motorized and trailer-launched watercraft in the park.

Human-powered watercraft, including canoes, kayaks and other hand-launched watercraft will still be allowed, though they will be subject to a mandatory self-inspection and permit system, the Park said.

Commercial boat tour operation will continue to operate on Upper and Middle Waterton Lake. These watercraft will be managed to ensure no risk of invasive mussel contamination, the Park said.

The Waterton Lakes have a unique ecology, the park notes. In addition to serving as habitat for threatened bull trout, they are the only known lakes to contain the assemblage of lake trout, pygmy whitefish, and rare glacial relic species such as opposum shrimp and deepwater sculpin.

The pygmy whitefish found in these lakes are considered a unique population and designated Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Upper Waterton Lake is the only known location of deep water sculpin in Alberta.

In addition, with the headwaters of the South Saskatchewan River Basin located in Waterton Lakes National Park, an invasive mussel infestation in the park could threaten irrigation networks for southern Albertaís agricultural industry, water infrastructure for numerous jurisdictions including the cities of Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, and other recreational areas, the park maintains.

Print Article

Read More Glacier Park

Huckleberry: No switchbacks, great views

September 22, 2017 at 6:25 am | Hungry Horse News The Huckleberry Lookout in Glacier National Park is the only lookout trail in Glacier without a single switchback. You start out going flat for a little ways and then slowly, but surely, start risin...

Comments

Read More

For Rotary, sadness at cancellation of annual event

September 20, 2017 at 8:10 am | Hungry Horse News Itís a sad week for International Peace Park Rotarians. The annual celebration of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was canceled because of the Kenow Fire burning in Waterton and the sub...

Comments

Read More

Glacierís grand old hotel celebrated

September 20, 2017 at 7:49 am | Hungry Horse News In the late 1990s, the fate of the Many Glacier Hotel hung in the balance. The 211-room guesthouse situated on a rocky ledge on Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park was structurally unsound an...

Comments

Read More

Glacier reopens some backcountry campgrounds

September 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm | Hungry Horse News Glacier National Park is now allowing some backcountry permits in the Park. On Thursday, it began issuing permits for campgrounds south of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, outside of areas that are closed ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2017 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X