Panorama from the Cameron Lakeshore hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
Panorama from the Cameron Lakeshore hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

Cameron Lakes hike

Waterton Lakes National Park
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Cameron Lakes hike

Distance: 2.2mi
Elevation: 46ft
Time: 0.5-1h

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The Cameron Lake Hike is a wonderful, scenic stroll for a warm summer day. With constant views of the lake, beach, and Mount Custer at nearly every point of this beautiful, easy shoreline walk, this is pure nirvana.

Cameron Lakes Hike Map

Getting there

Travelling south through Waterton on AB-5, turn right onto Akamina Parkway. Travel 9.9mi until the end of the road at the Cameron Lake parking lot. As you’re facing Cameron Lake, look for the trail running along the right (West) side of the lake.

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When to do

May to October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Cameron Lakes
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Cameron Lake Trail Description

The Cameron Lake Trail runs along the western shore of the lake and is level, short, and very scenic. It’s a wonderful option for hikers of all ages. From the parking lot, head toward the dock andturn down the path that branches to the right. Initially, picnic tables line the walkway, and on a warm day, all of them will be in use. You will soon leave the crowds behind as you continue on.

The trail enters the shelter of the forest as it hugs the shoreline and you will have excellent views of the lake while enjoying the shade. The boardwalks and a well-maintained trail, provide excellent walking conditions. The trail only occasionally leaves the shoreline, allowing for constant sweeping views.

At 1.1mi the Cameron Lake Hike ends at an interpretive viewing platform. A well worn path from the trail to the lakeshore provides the closest view on foot of the dominant peak on the south end of the lake: Mount Custer in Glacier National Park, Montana. Be sure to scan the lower slopes for grizzlies.

After enjoying the views, return the way you came.

Hiking trail highlights

Cameron Lake

Cameron Lake is a tranquil setting with clear, blue water that is surrounded by snow capped peaks. The lake is named after a British Royal Artillery Captain named Donald Roderick Cameron.

Mount Custer

Mount Custer is a cool grey mountain, painted with lush green trees and wraps itself around Cameron Lake. The mountain is a stunning view that is rewarded to anyone who wanders on the Cameron Lake Hike.

Find more amazing hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park such as:
Bertha Lake Hike
Crypt Lake Hike
Red Rock Canyon Hike and Blakiston Falls

Insider Hints

  • A rod and tackle will be put to good use in this well-stocked lake.

  • A boat rental facility means the picturesque scene will include kayakers, people in canoes and paddle boarders. Families picnic on the shore, while some brave the frigid water. We recommend partaking in some of these great activities if you have the time!

  • For those renting boats, two hours should allow enough time to cross the lake and enjoy closer views of the avalanche paths and Mount Custer on the south end of the lake.

Comments

Sammy Rickson 2 years ago

This hike is a great hike to do during the summer. It offers amazing views of the lake, beach, and Mount Custer. We loved this place.

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Alexander Ivanov 2 years ago

This place is pure bliss. Fun activities await you in this place. It's highly recommended that you partake in some activities here.

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Mildred G. 2 years ago

There are so many activities you can do here. You can have a picnic on the shore. You can also rent boats to cross the lake and enjoy the view of the avalanche paths. I will definitely visit this place again.

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Emma Tree 2 years ago

I really liked the view of mountains, snowfields, and glaciers in this place. Beautiful lake with amazing photo-ops.

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Jeremy R. 3 years ago

This lake is stunning. Not much activity when we visited. It's more fun doing it during summer.

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Sean Kater 3 years ago

We enjoyed our brief stop here, chatted with friendly travelers, and enjoyed watching families having a good time at the lake.

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Wicked T 3 years ago

This was an amazing walk. I hope to do it again in the future

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WanderlustKing 3 years ago

Very picturesque place.

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Fitzgerald Hikes 3 years ago

Easy stroll, lovely place. Bring the family and dogs and go as far as you please.

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