Kootenay National Park

Fishing and Watercraft Use in all areas in KNP

Issued: April 01, 2024

Ends: March 31, 2025

WHAT:  Pursuant to Section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, of the Canada National Parks Act, the following activity is restricted or prohibited by order of the Superintendent:

All watercraft use and fishing is prohibited in all areas in KNP. Prohibited watercraft include but are not limited to: kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, inflatable boats, or any other vessel. Fishing and the use of waders and wading boots is prohibited in all waters.
The Radium Hot Springs facility remains open.

WHERE: All waterbodies within Kootenay National Park (see map)

WHY: To prevent the potential spread of whirling disease. This parasitic disease affects some fish species but does not present any health risks for people or other animals.
The risk factors for spreading the disease include the movement of fish, mud/sediment, aquatic vegetation, and water.
 It will remain in effect until alternate management strategies are implemented.

PENALTY:  Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25 000.

Start date: 2024-04-01

End date: 2025-03-31

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