The Belly River flows north from U.S. Glacier National Park into Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park and then northeast out of the park towards the Oldman River in Alberta.
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Access to Lake or RiverPaved Road
The most accessible trout angling is within Waterton Lakes National Park. The Belly River Campground is an excellent base for angling the river, within and without the park. The North Fork Belly River and its tributaries are closed to fishing. A national park fishing permit is required for fishing in the national park, and is available at the information centre and other outlets in the community of Waterton. For more information, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/activ/experiences/peche-fishing
The portion of the Belly River inside Waterton Lakes National Park provides the best starting point for paddling adventures. The Belly River Campground provides an excellent point of departure.
Boat Access Locations
For 30 km of Grade II river, put-in at the bridge where Provincial Highway 6 crosses the river. Take-out at Secondary Highway 800 bridge. Belly River Campground users can put in at the campground itself.
Know before you go -
Please note that motorized and trailered watercraft are only permitted to operate on Upper and Middle Waterton Lake starting in 2019, once the watercraft have completed a 90-day quarantine seal program. There are no motorized and trailered watercraft permitted on Belly River.
Parks Canada is confident this program will protect the ecological integrity of Waterton Lakes National Park while also returning an excellent recreational boating experience to park users.
In addition to this, human-powered and some wind-powered watercraft are allowed in Waterton Lakes National Park. For more information on boating regulations and mandatory self-inspection forms visit, https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/info/index/reglements-regulations/envahissantes-invasive/permis-permit
Fishing Access Highlights
Start right inside the Belly River Campground and work up or downstream.