Kootenai Lakes Trail is a 8.9 kilometer out and back trail located near Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is best used from April until October.

8.9 km
111 m
Out & Back

kid friendly








no dogs

2 months ago

Took the boat from Waterton to Goat Haunt today, did Kootenai Lakes loop before hiking back. Nice, easy trail, unfortunately no moose today at the lake, just water fowl that took off right after we arrived. Note if you are planning to hike back to Waterton, the suspension bridge is out and you have to cross the river so you will get wet.

4 months ago

Took the boat out of Waterton, Alberta, Canada. 1 hour ride to the US border across the lake to Montana. The hike itself is an easy 2.8-3.0 mile semi flat hike to Kootenai Lake. At the lake, moose, swans, osprey, and loons were spotted.
Recommend quite a bit of mosquito repellent on this hike when you go through the thimble berry bushes.

8 months ago

Lots of Moose at the lake every time I have hiked this. Easy hike. Bring bug spray!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

We did this hike Monday of Labor Day weekend. Given that the boat was full, we expected to have a bit more safety in numbers walking through black bear habitat, but there was only one other solo hiker, and a slower group. We had to commit to a time for our boat return given the busy weekend, so we opted for the earlier departure, which ended up giving us a little less than an hour at the lake (plus one hour to hike each way). The hike through the forest was stressful because there were only two of us, and the foliage was thick, but luckily we didn't see any bears. Once at the lake, only the upper portion of the main lake is visible - the southeast side of the lake is covered in willows. We did see one moose and were surprised by how tiny it looked across the lake, given that the lake is not very large.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We did this trail starting at Goat Haunt, camped overnight at the Lakes, then returned the next day. It is a pretty underwhelming hike. Pretty flat for the most part. You're surrounded by trees for most of it. You cross a few small bridges across some streams. There isn't much for scenery. I wouldn't do this hike again unless I had to.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

After taking a southbound boat from the town of Waterton towards the Goat Haunt shoreline of Montana, we show our passports and start our hike, towards the Kootenai Lakes. An eight Kilometer return hike with minimal elevation gain, A nice hike for a sunny day, as we are in the shade for most of the trail, until we get to the Lakes. On the way back we climbed to a lookout called "Goat Haunt Overlook", it was a very steep ascend.

mountain biking
Friday, July 14, 2017

recorded Kootenai Lakes Trail

Sunday, July 10, 2016