Local Lakes

  • Wapta Lake
  • Sherbrooke Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Lake O'Hara

Local Rivers

  • Kicking Horse River
  • Cataract Creek
  • Pipestone River
  • Upper Bow River
  • Columbia River

Stay & fish 3 national parks!

The Great Divide Lodge, located in the middle of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper national parks is the perfect lodge for fishermen looking to experience pristine, and un-crowded mountain lakes and rivers that support a varied fish population. Cutthroat trout, bull trout, dolly varden, lake trout, and mountain whitefish, are indigenous to the area. In addition, rainbow, brown, and brook trout have been introduced to local watersheds and have adapted well.

Local Fishing Hot Spots

Wapta Lake is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway on the east end of the park and offers good lake trout fishing. Sherbrooke Lake, a moderate 3km (2 mile) uphill hike whose trailhead starts opposite Wapta Lake, is also a great place to find lake trout. Wapta lake is formed by Cataract Creek, and Blue Creek.

Sherbrooke Lake is located just 3km north of Wapta Lake. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including lake trout, dolly varden and bull trout here. Whether you’re spinning, fly fishing or trolling your chances of getting a bite here are good.

Emerald Lake is one of the most popular trout fishing destination in the park. Boat rentals are available at the Emerald Sports boathouse. Brook, char and rainbow trout are a frequent catch.

Lake O'Hara's cutthroat trout are highly sought after, where visitor access is quite limited. Boat rentals are available at the Lake O'Hara Lodge.

The Kicking Horse River west of the Field townsite, is a popular Fly fishing destination. Fishing is permitted from the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Yoho rivers downstream to the park boundary. cutthroat and rainbow trout, brook char, dolly varden, and whitefish are all common catches in the Kicking Horse River.

The Columbia River is one of the greatest, and unexploited trout fisheries in the world. This river boasts a healthy population of bull trout, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout which are well known for their strong fighting abilities.

The Upper Bow River is an amazing place to fish. In addition to possessing an abundance of scenic treasures, this section of the Bow river boasts a healthy number of brown trout, and is home to a variety of other fish, including cutthroat, bull, and brook trout.

National Park Fishing Permits

A single fishing permit (daily or annual) is needed to fish the local waters in our protected national parks. The permit that you purchase in Banff national park, is also valid in the national parks of Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho.To get specific information or to purchase a national park fishing permit, visit the Parks Canada website.

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Fishing Locations of the Great Divide Lodge

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