Parks Canada Announces Water Use Restrictions for Kootenay & Yoho National Parks

Kootenay National Park. (Supplied by Parks Canada)

Effective Friday, June 14th, 2019, those with non-motorized watercraft will need to have a valid Self-Certification Permit.

Boats, canoes, kayaks, rafts, stand-up paddleboards, inflatables, or other types of water vessels will be restricted anywhere in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.

The rule also goes for fishing equipment such as fishing rods, tackle, waders, wading boots, gloves, nets, or other fishing equipment that can come into contact with water and water-based wildlife, as well as "aquatic recreational equipment" like floatation devices, throw bags, water shoes, wetsuits, or other recreational gear.

"Visitors and residents will be required to state that they have cleaned and drained their watercraft or gear of mud and water, and have allowed the item to dry for a minimum of 48 hours to be able to enter any river, lake or stream in Yoho and Kootenay national parks. Those travelling from outside of BC or AB will require a 30-day minimum drying period. Decontamination is available from provincial inspection stations in Golden and Radium," reads an informational post from Parks Canada.

Self-certification permits will be available in Kootenay National park at:

  • Kootenay Park Gate
  • Kootenay Visitor Centre in Radium Hot Springs
  • Redstreak Campground 
  • Olive Lake Day Use Area
  • Popular canoe launch sites along the Kootenay and Vermilion Rivers including Vermilion Day Use Area, Simpson Trailhead, Dolly Varden Day Use Area, Kootenay Day Use Area, and McLeod Meadows Campground.

Self-certification permits will be available in Yoho National park at:

  • Yoho Park Gate
  • Yoho Visitor Centre in Field, B.C.
  • Kicking Horse Campground
  • Popular water bodies including Emerald Lake, Finn Creek, Wapta Lake and Faeder Lake.

Parks Canada says the measures are meant to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Those in violation of these rules may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act and face a fine of up to $25,000.

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