The Castle River drains the Castle Wildland Provincial Park area north of Waterton Lakes National Park and empties into the Oldman River Reservoir west of Pincher Creek. This spectacular river is a bull trout haven, and an anglers paradise. Believe it or not, there are locations along the river that are great for cold water scuba diving. Spend a day along the river, or several days while camping in Castle Falls Recreation Area or Castle River Recreation Area.
Access to Lake or RiverDirt-Road, High Clearance Vehicle
Upstream of its confluence with the West Castle branch, the Castle River offers intimate wade-and-walk fly fishing for native cutthroat trout. Downstream of the West Castle confluence, near Castle River Bridge Recreation Area, the fish may be bigger, but so are the crowds. Remember it is catch and release for bull trout, a species at risk found in the river.
A good river for spring kayaking, canoeing, wading, floating, tubing, birding, bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, angling, camping, hiking, biking, mountain biking, photography and sketching.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
From Provincial Highway 3, drive south from Burmis on Secondary Highway 507, then south on Secondary Highway 774 to Castle River Bridge Recreation Area. This is the best base point for exploring the river upstream towards Waterton Lakes National Park, or downstream to the Secondary Highway 507 bridge crossing.
Boat Access Locations
Put-in where Secondary Highway 774 crosses the river, just south of Castle River Bridge Provincial Recreation Area. Continue the Class II paddle 7 km north to Castle Falls Recreation Area, a short drive north from Castle River Bridge Recreation Area.
The lower river paddling run starts below the falls at Castle Falls Recreation Area and continues for 20 km of Class II water to the take-out just past the high bridge carrying Secondary Highway 507 across the river.
Fishing Access Highlights
For fishing upstream of Castle River Bridge Recreation Area, follow the Castle River Road, which at a parking area becomes the Castle River Trail.