The Clean Lake Initiative of Improvement District #4 has developed a safe, simple and cost effective protocol to prevent the spread of invasive mussels in Waterton Lakes National Park while permitting recreational boating.

This applies to trailered or motorized watercraft AND detachable gas powered motors.

THE BASICS

  1. Only Waterton cable seals are valid on Waterton Lakes National Park.
  2. For each and every launch, only boats and detachable gas motors with an intact and properly affixed and registered Waterton seal will be permitted on Upper and Middle Waterton Lakes. Seals are unremovable. Seals will be attached to and removed from boats and motors by trained and approved persons only.
  3. To launch a trailered or motorized watercraft or detachable gas motor in Waterton Lakes, it must have been registered, sealed and quarantined for a minimum of 90 days prior to date of launch. This includes new boats and motors. A 90-day quarantine is longer than most current sealing programs and is considered sufficient to eliminate any chance of live mussels being introduced.
  4. There is one locked launch site which is located at the marina in the Waterton Townsite. Boats and detachable gas motors cannot be launched elsewhere.
  5. There will be a fee for each seal. This fee covers affixing the seal and its removal upon launching.

HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR BOAT AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE 90-DAY QUARANTINE PROGRAM

PRIOR TO LAUNCH

  1. For boat launch and seal removal, make an appointment with Shoreline Cruises by email at rodkretz@watertoncruise.com or phone at (403)859-2362.
  2. You must give Shoreline 24 hours’ notice if you have to cancel your appointment.
  3. A fee will be charged for failing to give 24 hours notice of a cancellation.

TO LAUNCH

  1. Arrive at the marina at the appointed time.
  2. Alert staff at Shoreline Cruises.
  3. Visual inspection – your boat and/or detachable gas motor must be clean, drained, dried and sealed properly.
  4. Upon successful inspection, Shoreline Cruises staff will remove and discard your Waterton seal, and unlock gate at boat launch as per your appointment.
  5. Launch your boat and/or detachable gas motor.

TO REMOVE BOAT FROM LAKE - IF YOU PLAN TO RETURN TO THE LAKE AT ANOTHER POINT IN THE SEASON WITHOUT HAVING TO ENTER A 90-DAY QUARANTINE

  1. To remove boat and/or detachable gas motor from the lake, you will need to have new seal applied if you wish to enter the lake at a later date. Make an appointment with Shoreline Cruises by email at rodkretz@watertoncruise.com or by phone at (403)859-2362.
  2. Appointments must be booked within Shoreline Cruises hours of operation.
  3. You must give Shoreline Cruises 24 hours notice if you have to cancel your appointment.
  4. You will be charged for failing to give 24 hours notice of a cancellation.
  5. Arrive at marina at appointed time.
  6. Alert Shoreline Cruises staff who will unlock gate at boat launch as per your appointment.
  7. Remove boat and/or detachable gas motor from the lake.
  8. Have new serialized Waterton seal applied and properly registered.
  9. DO NOT DISTURB SEAL. Any tampered-with or broken seals will result in the need to complete another 90-day quarantine process.

TO REMOVE BOAT AND OR DETACHABLE GAS MOTOR FROM THE LAKE FOR THE SEASON:

  1. Make appointment with Shoreline for application of seal.
  2. Arrive at marina at appointed time.
  3. Have new serialized and properly registered Waterton seal applied.
  4. Remove boat and/or detachable gas motor.
  5. Clean, drain and dry the boat.
  6. Take to usual storage.
  7. DO NOT DISTURB SEAL. Any tampered-with or broken seals will result in the need to complete another 90-day quarantine process.

Further Information

Further information on the quarantine program, self-inspection program, management efforts and the effects of invasive mussels can be found online via Parks Canada at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/activ/experiences/nautique-lake or by contacting the CLI Committee at cleanlakeinitiative@gmail.com

FAQ’s

Q: What is the cost to have my watercraft and/or detachable gas motor sealed?

A: Improvement District #4 is charging $35 to attach motor boat seals and $5 to attach detachable gas motors seals. Each seal purchase includes one removal.

Q: When can I have my watercraft and/or detachable gas motor sealed?

A: Call Shoreline Cruises at (403)859-2362 or email rodkretz@watertoncruise.com and leave a message. You will be called back to make an appointment.

Q: What if I want to have my watercraft sealed before the season opens or after the season closes?

A: Out-of-season sealing is available for the $35 seal charge plus a surcharge. By appointment only, call (403)859–2362 or email rodkretz@watertoncruise.com

Q: Can I book and pay for seals online?

A: Online booking and payment is not available at this time. You must contact Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. (403)859–2362 to make an appointment.

Q: What if I miss my removal appointment and the marina is closed?

A: A missed appointment fee of $25 will be applied unless an appointment is cancelled 24 hours prior to the appointment time.

Q: What if I missed my appointment to take my boat out and the marina is closed?

A:  You will need to tie your boat securely to the day dock and make another appointment by calling Shoreline Cruises at (403)859-2362 and leave a message or email rodkretz@watertoncruise.com. If the Shoreline Office is closed for the day, the next appointment will be the following day and you will be responsible for the cost of overnight moorage.

Q: Will there be boat slips available?

A: Contact Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. for slip availability.

Q: Can I take my motorized or trailered watercraft and/or detachable gas motor out of Waterton Lakes National Park, the province, or the country for the 90 day quarantine period?

A: Yes, as long as the seal remains attached you may transport your watercraft elsewhere. The watercraft and trailer may not enter any other water bodies.

Q: Will there be storage available in Waterton Lakes National Park for my watercraft while it is quarantined?

A: Owners can store their watercraft as they usually would. There is no requirement to store your watercraft in Waterton during the quarantine process. No additional storage space will be made available.

Q: If I sell my watercraft with an affixed seal, would the seal registration transfer to the new owner?

A: Yes, seals are transferable from owner to owner (not boat-to-boat) with valid documentation.

Q: Who will inspect, seal watercraft, and remove seals? Will it require training?

A: Staff from Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. will provide inspections, apply seals, and remove seals. Parks Canada will train Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. staff on seal application and procedure.

Q: I cannot satisfy the 90 day quarantine requirement. Will there be motorized watercraft available for rent?

A: Contact Shoreline Cruises Co. for rental information. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are also available for rent in the townsite.

Q: Does quarantine have to take place over winter?

A: No. Quarantine may take place at any time, provided that is for at least 90 days.

Q: I received a seal at another lake. Is this seal valid in Waterton Lakes National Park?

A: No. Any motorized or trailered watercraft and/or detachable gas motor used in Waterton Lakes National Park must have a Waterton seal applied in the park by Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co.

Q: If I have my watercraft and/or detachable gas motor decontaminated or inspected elsewhere, would that eliminate the need for 90 day of quarantine?

A: No. The seal and 90-day quarantine is required for any motorized or trailered watercraft and/or detachable gas motors operating in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Q: Would my Waterton seal be accepted at another lake in a Canadian National Park?

A: No. Any seal applied in Waterton is valid only in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Q: I had my Waterton seal removed at another Alberta lake where they do not have invasive mussels. What do I need to do to boat in Waterton again?

A: You will need to call and make an appointment with Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. and bring your clean, drained, and dry watercraft and trailer to the Waterton Marina,  where it will undergo a visual inspection. You will purchase a new quarantine seal and have it attached to your watercraft and trailer. Your watercraft and trailer will be quarantined for 90 days before it can be launched in Waterton Lakes National Park. This also applies to trailered motorized watercraft and detachable gas motors.

Q: What if I am staying in Waterton on my way to somewhere else. Can I bring my trailered watercraft and/or detachable gas motor into the park?

A: Yes, but neither can enter park waters. The watercraft and trailer and/or detachable gas motor must go through the quarantine process to do so.

Q: I completed the 90 day quarantine program, launched my boat for the day, and had it re-sealed upon removal. Do I need to complete another 90 day quarantine?

A: No. You may re-enter Upper and Middle Waterton lake again, provided your new seal is still affixed when you arrive back. If your seal is broken or tampered with for any reason, such as use of your boat at another lake, only then would you have to complete a 90-day quarantine. Seals have unique serial numbers to track motorboats that have completed the program.