JACKSON HOLE, WYO –It’s never too early to think about boating and fishing in Yellowstone National Park and authorities there announced today new rules concerning the spring/summer season.
In order to protect the nation’s first park from aquatic invasive species (AIS), authorities in Yellowstone banned the use of felt soled boots fishermen use for extra grip on slippery rocks, and implemented a new boating season.
“AIS could have devastating ecological, economic, and recreational impacts on Yellowstone National Park,” the park said in a press release. “They are costly to manage and extremely difficult to eradicate. Due to the urgent need to prevent these destructive species from entering the park, felt sole waders and boots worn by anglers will be banned permanently starting in 2018.”
Felt Sole Ban
- Felt sole waders and boots will be banned because they can carry microscopic organisms even after cleaning.
- Rubber sole boots will be allowed. They trap fewer organisms than felt and can be cleaned with water and a scrub brush.
- Read the park’s fishing regulations to learn more about the ban.
- Boats will be allowed to enter park waters from 7am on Saturday, May 26, until 5:30pm on Sunday, November 4.
- All watercraft are required to have a boat permit and a Yellowstone AIS inspection before launching in the park. Watercraft include, but are not limited to, power boats, sail boats, canoes, kayaks, and angler float tubes. Permits and inspections are available seven days a week between 8am and 4:30pm at various locations in the park.
- If a boat does not pass the AIS inspection, it will not be allowed to enter park waters.
- Instituting a boating season guarantees the park will have staff to provide timely boat inspections.
Take action. Ensure that you don’t transport AIS to Yellowstone and that your watercraft will be permitted to launch:
- Clean all plants, animals, mud, sand, and other debris from your boat, anchor, boots, and equipment. Use high-pressure, hot (120-140F) water if possible.
- Drain all water from your boat including the motor, bilge, livewell, and other compartments before you arrive. Leave drain plugs out during transport. Do not dump water or organisms from one water body into another.
- Dry all compartments and equipment in the sun for five days.
Watch a video that demonstrates this process.