DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING 82190
PERMIT REQUIREMENTS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED UNDER THE DISCRETIONARY
AUTHORITY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
TITLE 36, CODE OF
FEDERAL REGULATIONS, CHAPTER 1, SECTION 1.7(B)
Under the provisions
of 16 U.S.C., Section 3, and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations,
Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, the following Superintendent's Orders (compendium)
are established for Yellowstone National Park. Unless otherwise noted,
these orders apply in addition to the regulations contained in Parts
1-7 of Title 36 CFR and will remain in effect until amended.
As approved by Superintendent
Michael V. Finley on August 18, 1998.
SECTION 1.2 APPLICABILITY AND
(d) Grizzly Bear Management: The
administrative activities conducted by Yellowstone National Park, or
its agents, relative to the management and handling of grizzly bears, Ursus arctos horribilis, will be in accordance with guidelines,
procedures and rules described in the "Yellowstone National Park
Annual Bear Management Plan."
SECTION 1.4 DEFINITIONS
Boiling River - That section
of the Gardner River from the uppermost point at which Boiling River
enters the Gardner River to 100 yards downstream.
Catch and release - All
fish caught shall be carefully and immediately returned to the water
from which they were taken.
Core camp - That area of
a designated campsite within a 100 foot radius of the fire ring, or
when no fire ring exists, that area within a 100 foot radius of the
Drainage - The area drained
by a river and its connecting tributaries and lakes.
Dropper or drop fly - A
second fly attached to a leader.
Fly fishing - Only artificial
flies may be used to attract and catch fish, regardless of the type
of rod or line.
Geothermal area - Any area
where surface manifestations of hot springs, geysers, mud springs, fumerols
or warm ground are present.
Lead fishing tackle - Prohibited:
Leaded split-shot sinkers, weighted jigs (lead molded to a hook) and
soft lead-weighted ribbon. Permitted: Lures containing lead such as
roostertails and Panther Martins, cannonballs or downriggers and flies
with lead tied to their bodies.
Learner or Instruction Driver's
Permit - License or permit secured by a person from his State motor
vehicle division which grants the privilege to drive or operate a motor
vehicle on the public roadways of the State. Restricted licenses are
not valid for snowmobile operation.
Madison Campground Thermal
Area - The stream and several geothermal features in and along the
banks and bed of the secondary channel of the Madison River adjacent
to H loop of the campground.
Pack animals - Horses, burros,
mules, ponies and llamas only.
Tributary - Any stream which
flows into a river or lake.
Upgrading - The practice
of substituting captured fish for fish in possession; usually to keep
larger or different fish species.
SECTION 1.5 CLOSURES AND PUBLIC
(a) Consistent with applicable legislation
and Federal administrative polices, the superintendent has established
the following rules, designations, conditions and restrictions on the
following park activities:
. Willfully approaching on foot
or on stock within 100 yards of bears or within 25 yards of any other
wildlife or nesting birds or within any distance which disturbs or
displaces wildlife or nesting birds is prohibited. Park personnel,
acting within the scope of approved management or research activities
are excepted. This rule does not apply to inadvertent or casual encounters
with wildlife in developed areas where normal foot traffic is required
or essential or in other areas where there is no reasonable alternative
. Public use of the Boiling River
section of the Gardner River will be as follows:
- October 1 until Spring high water
closure: Open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Spring high water period: Closed
to swimming/bathing/entry 24 hours per day.
- End of high water closure to September
30: Open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
is closed to off-trail travel, including climbing, between the Chittenden
Bridge and Silver Cord Cascade.
- Entering into caves, pits or
sink holes which are the result of thermal and/or seismic activity
is prohibited without permission from the Superintendent, due to the
prevalence of noxious and harmful gases in these places and for the
protection of fragile resources.
- Dog sledding is prohibited.
- Climbing, diving or jumping from the cliffs or from trees in the area known
as the Firehole Swimming Area is prohibited. Closed
areas and closure dates are posted with appropriate signs.
- The possession of glass beverage
containers in the Firehole
River swimming area is prohibited.
. The possession or use of food
and beverages, except when contained in a pack-like container for
carrying purposes, is prohibited in all geothermal areas. Water is
not considered a beverage.
. Frank Island (except the picnic
area on the south point) and the south end of Stevenson Island are
closed to public use between May 15 and August 15 to protect nesting
osprey and bald eagles.
. Areas closed to the general
public because of resource management or research activities may be
entered by persons or groups led by authorized park employees or park
agents, as approved by the Chief ranger, if such entry and use does
not compromise safety, environmental, scenic, natural or cultural
. Jet skis and similar personal
water craft are prohibited on park waters.
. The Firehole River is closed
to swimming, bathing and fishing 200 yards upstream and 200 yards
downstream from the bridge connecting Midway Geyser Basin and the
adjacent parking area.
. Quiet hours in all campgrounds,
backcountry campsites, developed areas and parking areas (including
cabin, hotel and employee areas) are from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The use
of generators (allowed only in Mammoth, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Bridge
Bay, Grant Village and Madison campgrounds), portable or fixed motors
or any type of noise producing machine or activity which creates unusual
noise or unreasonably disturbs other visitors or residents is prohibited
during quiet hours.
. SCUBA diving or snorkeling is
prohibited in the Yellowstone River from the Yellowstone Lake outlet
downstream for one mile.
. The following roads are closed
seasonally to wheeled vehicles: Grand Loop Road (except from the Mammoth
Terraces parking lot to Tower Junction), Fishing Bridge to East Entrance,
West Thumb to South Entrance and Madison Junction to West Entrance
approximately November 1 to May 1. Actual closure dates will depend
on weather and road condidtions.
. Roads closed to non-official
vehicle use: All service and administrative roads designated by signs
and/or locked gates.
. The maximum speed limit for
all vessels on lakes open to boating is 45 mph or as otherwise posted
by markers or as specified in boat permit rules.
- Boats are prohibited from anchoring
to the Yellowstone Lake bottom within 300 yards of the shoreline between
Bridge Bay Lagoon channel and the Lake Hotel.
. The Grand Loop Road between
Washburn Hot Springs and Tower Falls is closed to snowmobile traffic
when snowmobile use is allowed in the park.
. Wildlife management areas: Visitor
use may be limited in areas and on trails identified by the Superintendent
for safety, research or as sensitive or high density wildlife habitat
where specific species are allowed to pursue natural behavioral patterns
free from human disturbance and for human safety. Area use may be
adjusted on a seasonal basis and at varying restrictive levels depending
on wildlife activity and/or available food. All areas shall be identified
by on-site signs and/or by maps posted in the Superintendent's office.
. Designated bicycle routes include:
- The abandoned railroad bed paralleling
the Yellowstone River between Gardiner & the park boundary at Reese
Creek. Five miles.
- Golden Gate service road between
Golden Gate and Joffee Lake. 1.5 miles.
- Mammoth service road beginning
at the top of the hill on the Old Gardiner Road above Mammoth running
northwest to the telephone microwave station. 1.5 miles.
- The Bunsen Peak road. Six miles.
- Swan Lake gravel pit road, six
miles south of Mammoth. Approximately one mile.
- Obsidian creek campground road,
adjacent to the entrance to the Indian Creek campground.
- Two-way bicycle traffic is allowed
on the Bunsen Peak road and the Old Gardiner Road.
Old Faithful area:
- Lone Star Geyser road from the
Grand Loop Road to the geyser parking lot turnaround.
- The paved trail beginning in front
of the Lower Hamilton store to Morning Glory pool. One mile.
- The lighted employee trail from
Bitterroot dorm to the Fire Road. 0.4 miles.
- Daisy Geyser cut-off to Biscuit
Basin. Abandoned service road. 1.4 miles.
- Fountain Freight road.
- Natural Bridge road near Bridge
Bay. One mile.
- The old roadbed between the Lake
fish hatchery building and the transfer station. One mile.
- Mount Washburn service road, from
the Chittenden Road parking lot to the summit of Mt. Washburn. Three
- Old Chittenden service road, between
the Grand Loop Road and the Tower Fall campground.
- Rose Creek service road behind
the Lamar Ranger Station. One mile.
West Entrance area:
- Riverside trail from entrance
area to Barns road. 1.4 miles.
1.5(f) Violation of above closures,
designations, uses or activity restrictions or conditions, schedules
of visiting hours, or public use limits of this section is prohibited.
SECTION 1.6 PERMITS
(g) The following are prohibited:
(1) Engaging in an activity subject
to a permit requirement imposed pursuant to this section without obtaining
a permit; or Fine $50.00
(2) Violating a term or condition
of a permit issued pursuant to this section. Fine $25.00
. As authorized in section 2.4(d)(4),
a permit may be issued to individuals to possess weapons on the trail
over Eagle Pass known as the Mountain Creek trail as far as, and including,
the Dike Creek Cutoff trail and the Skyrim trail for purposes of access
or egress from lands outside the park boundaries. On these sections
of trail, all weapons must be unloaded and broken down and/or cased
and packaged. Off trail travel is prohibited while possessing weapons.
. As authorized in section 2.2(d),
game animal carcasses or animal parts may be transported through the
park on park roads in or on a motor vehicle when the carcass is wrapped
or otherwise covered so as to not be visible, when accompanied by
a park permit and marked a valid state tag as evidence that the animal
was taken legally outside the park. Carcass(s) must be transported
from the entrance gate to the exit gate in the most direct route and
are not allowed overnight in the park.
. Game animals or animal parts
may not be transported through backcountry areas or on backcountry
trails anywhere in the park; with the exception of the Mountain Creek
and Skyrim trails as described in the section above, when a permit
has been issued.
. Transporting or hauling plant
products, plant by-products and plant waste products into or through
the park is prohibited, except that State certified weed free hay
or hay pellets, hay cubes or grain may be transported or used when
permitted by the superintendent.
. Park trails and backcountry
areas shall not be used by individuals or parties packing, carrying
or hauling materials or supplies for commercial or private hunting
camps or other commercial activities based outside the exterior park
boundaries without a written permit from the superintendent - irrespective
of weather, trail condition, distance or user convenience.
. Pursuant to section 2.10(a),
a permit is required to camp within Yellowstone National Park.
. Cooke City area residents are
required to display a decal issued by the Superintendent on their
personal vehicles to allow convenient non-fee entrance into the park.
This decal will be issued at the Northeast Entrance Station and will
allow travel only between the North and Northeast Entrances.
. Persons 16 years of age or older
must purchase and possess a Yellowstone National Park fishing permit
to fish in the park. The permit is valid only when signed by the permitee
and is non-transferable.
. Persons 12 to 15 years of age
must possess a non-fee fishing permit to fish in the park and must
be under the supervision of a responsible adult . The permit is valid
only when signed by the permitee and is non-transferable.
. Persons 11 years of age and
younger may fish without a permit under the supervision of a responsible
adult. The adult is not required to purchase a fishing permit, (deleted: nor be present while the child is fishing.) is responsible for the child's actions, and may be issued a violation
notice under this section if the child violates fishing regulations.
. Snowmobiles and oversnow vehicles
must display a valid State registration sticker.
. Boating permits pursuant to
- A general boating permit, issued
by the superintendent, is required for all vessels operated upon the
park waters. These permits must be carried on the vessels at all times
when any person is aboard and shall be exhibited upon request to any
person authorized to enforce the regulations of this chapter.
- A boating permit may not be issued
until the applicant has signed a statement certifying that he/she is
familiar with and agrees to abide with the terms and conditions as described
in boat operations rules and applicable Coast Guard regulations.
- Operating without, or violating
a term or condition of a permit issued in accordance with this section,
is prohibited. Violation of a term or condition of the permit may result
in the suspension or revocation of the permit.
. Commercial motor vehicle permits
pursuant to Section 7.13(a)(2) - Permits are required for vehicles
exceeding the statutory size and weight limits:
- Oversize and overweight vehicles
must travel between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., from the Friday before
Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- The transportation of combustible
or flammable petroleum products in vehicles not exceeding the following
size will be allowed between 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., June 15 through
Labor Day: Length-30'; width-8'6"; height-13'6"; gross weight-
- Vehicles transporting combustible
or flammable petroleum products exceeding the above dimensions are required
to travel between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Memorial Day through Labor
SECTION 2.1 PRESERVATION OF NATURAL,
CULTURAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground may
be gathered for use as fuel for campfires at designated backcountry
and frontcountry campsites unless prohibited by on-site signs or specific
permit restrictions. Fine $100.00
(b) Leaving a designated trail or
walkway to shortcut between portions of the same trail or walkway, or
to shortcut to an adjacent trail or walkway anywhere within the park
is prohibited. Fine $25.00
(c)(1) Edible berries and mushrooms
may be gathered by hand for personal daily consumption within the park
boundaries. Preserving and/or canning is prohibited. Fine $25.00
SECTION 2.2 WILDLIFE PROTECTION
(a)(2) Elk bugles, varmint calls,
audio attractants or other artificial or natural means of attracting
or disturb-ing wildlife (including rattling antlers or verbal bugling
or howling imitations) are prohibited. Fine $100.00
(e) Viewing wildlife at night with
any artificial light, including flash photography, anywhere in the park
is prohibited. Fine $100.00
SECTION 2.10 CAMPING AND FOOD STORAGE
(b)(9) Camping conditions Fine $50.00
. Camping in all Class A and
B campgrounds is limited to no more than six persons (deleted:
or one family unit per site) and two vehicles per site when space is available.
(deleted: a maximum of two tents per campsite.) All vehicles must be parked on the campsite parking pad so as to not
block or restrict traffic on loops, access roads or main roads.
. Camping in the park by any person,
party or organization during any calendar year shall not exceed 30
days, either in a single period or combined separate periods. A maximum
of 14 of the 30 days may be used during the intensive public-use period
from June 15 through September 15.
. Camping in the Fishing Bridge
RV Park is restricted to hardsided vehicles only (constructed of solid,
nonpliable material). Recreational vehicles and hardsided camping
units are not allowed in loops G and H of the Madison Campground.
. Backcountry camping shall be
restricted to conditions established by the Superintendent as listed
on the backcountry permit. Deviations from the permit are allowed
only when approved by authorized personnel designated by the chief
ranger or where immediate safety considerations or other major concerns
dictate the change.
. Horses and pack animals are
prohibited in Class A & B campgrounds and other frontcountry trails
and visitor areas. Horse patrol rangers are excepted.
Concessions Permitees operating
in the backcountry must suspend all food, garbage, stock feed, cooking
utensils and stoves (except those utensils and stoves that are clean
and sanitized), ice chests and any scented articles at least 10 feet
off the ground and at least 4 feet from tree trunks at night and/or
when not in use or attended.
(d) In all areas, food, garbage,
and equipment used to cook or store food, when
not in use or attended, must be sealed in a vehicle or camping unit made of solid, non-pliable
material or suspended at least 10 feet above the ground and 4 feet horizontally
from a post, tree trunk, or other object. Fines: Minor-$25.00, Major-$100
SECTION 2.13 FIRES
(a)(1) Open fires are permitted
only in Government provided grills, grates or fire rings or in designated
sites in campgrounds, picnic areas and backcountry campsites where open
fires are allowed. Charcoal fires in self-contained grills are permitted.
Charcoal must be cooled and disposed of in a garbage receptacle. Fine
. Wood fires are prohibited at
Shoshone Lake backcountry campsites. Fine $50.00
SECTION 2.15 PETS
(a)(5) Pet owners or responsible
persons shall promptly collect and properly dispose of pet fecal matter
in residential, public use areas or along roads adjacent to these areas.
(d) The owners or responsible persons
of pets impounded for running-at-large or as the result of pet abuse,
neglect or cruelty will be charged a minimum of $10 per day for kennel
or boarding costs, in addition to veterinarian fees, transportation
(e) Domesticated wild or agricultural
animals may be kept by visitors or residents with the superintendent's
approval, provided that such animals pose no threat to natural or cultural
resources. Fine $25.00
SECTION 2.16 HORSE AND PACK ANIMALS
(g) Conditions: Fine $50.00
. Stock parties shall include
no more than 25 animals or fewer when so restricted by permit conditions.
Fine $25.00 plus $10 per animal over limit
. Only certified weed-free pellets,
cubes and/or grain, but no hay, may be taken into and used in the
backcountry. Certified weed-free hay, securely wrapped, may be transported
through the park for use outside the park when a permit has been obtained
from the superintendent.
. Corrals and drift fences are
prohibited. Portable electric fences are allowed but may not be connected
to live trees or vegetation.
. Stock parties may travel off-trail
except where off-trail travel is prohibited. Pack animals are not
allowed off-trail unless no other access is available to a designated
camp area. Such off-trail travel routes with pack animals will be
specified on the backcountry permit. One support pack animal is allowed
for off-trail day trips. Areas closed to off-trail travel will be
marked on maps in the superintendent's office.
. Tying stock to any feature resulting
in injury or damage to the feature, vegetation or soil is prohibited.
. Picketed animals shall not be
kept w/in 100 feet of trails, campsites or water sources.
. Picket pins may be made from
dead down wood on site or packed in. Picket pin sites must be moved
frequently to prevent overgrazing or other damage to vegetation and
the pins pulled from the ground before leaving the campsite.
. Stock manure shall be scattered
and removed from within a radius of 100 feet around the core camp.
. Lost or dead stock animals within
park boundaries will be reported as soon as possible to park rangers.
. If an animal dies within the park,
it will be the owner or responsible person's responsibility to remove
the carcass from the park or make arrangements for its proper disposal
as soon as is possible.
SECTION 2.19 WINTER ACTIVITIES
. Pursuant to sub-section (a)
of this section, skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on those park
roads closed seasonally to wheeled vehicles (as described in sub-section
1.5(a) of this document). Persons on skis or snowshoes shall use ski
trails or designated ski areas where provided along roadways. Where
these trails or areas are not provided, skiers/snowshoers, when practicable,
should travel only on the left side of the roadway facing traffic
and as close as possible to the edge of the roadway. Oversnow vehicles
upon the roads have the right of way. Fine $25.00
SECTION 2.20 SKATING, SKATEBOARDS
AND SIMILAR DEVICES
. The use of roller skates, skateboards,
roller skis, roller blades or similar devices is prohibited on roadways
open to the public for motor vehicle travel, except that such activities
are permitted in NPS housing and administrative areas; on the road
between Norris and Canyon and on Gull Point Drive during daylight
hours between October 1 and the time the road closes to wheeled vehicles
for the winter; and on the road between the Roosevelt Arch and the
North Entrance kiosk between October 1 and May 15. Fine $25.00
. The above activities may occur
on any roads during the fall closure (after the roads are closed to
public motor vehicle travel but before closed by snow) and during
the spring closure (after the roads have been cleared of snow and
ice, but before opened to public motor vehicle traffic); except for
the springtime bear closure area between Madison and Old Faithful.
SECTION 2.21 SMOKING
(a) Smoking is prohibited in the
following locations: Fine $25.00
. All thermal areas, visitor centers,
ranger stations, entrance stations, communication center, computer
rooms and other public areas or facilities as posted.
. In emergency response vehicles,
including, but not limited to: Patrol vehicles, ambulances, patrol
vessels and fire apparatus.
SECTION 2.34 DISORDERLY CONDUCT
(a)(4) Nude swimming, nude bathing
or nude sun bathing is prohibited in areas frequented by or in the presence
of park visitors. Fine $25.00
SECTION 2.35 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(iii) The consumption of alcoholic
beverages is prohibited in that part of Yellowstone National Park which
lies north of the line from the mouth of the Gardner River directly
to the fence bordering the south side of Park Street in Gardiner, Mt.,
and west to where that fence meets the stone wall of the Roosevelt Arch,
then along that wall to its western terminus, and from there directly
north to the north park boundary. Fine $25.00
SECTION 2.61 RESIDING ON FEDERAL
(b) Residing in the park is restricted
to government, concession or contract employees and their families and
is pursuant to approval by the superintendent. Fine $100.00
SECTION 3.6 PROHIBITED OPERATIONS
. No vessel 40 feet or more in
length shall be placed in or operated upon waters within the park.
This paragraph shall not apply to permitted concession-operated sightseeing
vessels. Fine $25.00
SECTION 4.10 TRAVEL ON ROADS AND
(a) Off-road use of:
. Motorized wheeled vehicles or any mechanical means
of conveyance, less than
one hundred feet off the established roadway and with no significant
resource damage is prohibited. Fine $25.00
. Motorized wheeled vehicles or any mechanical means
of conveyance, more than
one hundred feet off the established roadway or any distance with
significant resource damage is prohibited. Fine $100.00
SECTION 4.13 OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC
(b) On two-lane highways, vehicles
traveling slower than the posted speed limit or slower than road conditions
allow within the speed limit, shall turn off the roadway at the next
safe turnout in order to allow any following vehicle or vehicles to
proceed. Fine $25.00
SECTION 4.23 OPERATING UNDER THE
INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
(a)(2) Operating or being in actual
physical control of a motor vehicle is prohibited while the alcohol
concentration in the operator's system is 0.08 grams or more of alcohol
per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 210
liters of breath. M/A
SECTION 5.13 NUISANCES
. Allowing vehicles with diesel
engines or any vehicle which produce noxious exhaust to idle, except
while actually loading or unloading passengers, is prohibited. This
does not preclude vehicles from reasonable warm-up times away from
concentrated visitor use or residential areas. In developed areas
or parking areas, loading or unloading passengers, engine warm-up
or idling is limited to 10 minutes. Fine $50.00
SECTION 7.13 SPECIAL REGULATIONS
(a)(2) A permit is required to transport
placarded hazardous materials on park roads. Fine $250.00
(b)(2) Employee motor vehicle permits
are valid only while the person is employed within the park and must
be surrendered upon request of the superintendent. Vehicles must be
registered and permits affixed to the vehicle within seven days of bringing
a vehicle into the park. Fine $25.00
(d)(2) Removal of vessels Fine $50.00
. Between May 1 & November
1, vessels and related equipment may be left only in designated mooring
slips or parking areas specified by the superintendent.
. Persons authorized to live in
the park during the nonboating season may store vessels and related
equipment at times and locations designated by the superintendent.
(d)(3) Prohibited landing areas:
. Within 25 feet of any geothermal
. On the shoreline of Yellowstone
Lake between Little Thumb Creek and the south end of the West Thumb
. At sensitive wildlife areas as
designated by signs or as posted on maps in visitor use areas.
(d)(4) Operating any motor vessel
(gas or electric) on waters restricted to non-motorized use only is
prohibited unless the motor is tipped out of the water or removed from
the transom. Fine $50.00
(d)(11) Disturbing birds on the
Molly Islands in the Southeast Arm of Yellowstone Lake is prohibited;
nor shall unauthorized vessels approach within 1/2 mile of the shoreline
of the islands. Fine $50.00
(e)(2) Fishing closures and conditions Fine for all offenses in this section: $50.00 plus $5.00 per
oversize or overlimit fish
Open fishing seasons:
. Open each day from 5 a.m. to
10 p.m. local time, beginning the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend
and continuing through and including the first Sunday in November.
- All rivers and streams in the
Yellowstone River drainage above the Chittenden Bridge at Canyon open
to fishing July 15. Rivers and streams include those portions of Yellowstone
Lake within a 100 yard radius centered at the river or stream outlet.
- Sylvan Lake open to fishing July
- Yellowstone Lake open
to fishing June 1.
- All other lakes in the
Yellowstone River drainage above the Upper Falls at Canyon open to fishing
June 15. The marking buoys in the vicinity of the outlet of Yellowstone
Lake shall define the northern limit of Yellowstone Lake.
- The Trout Lake drainage above
Soda Butte Creek, including Trout, Buck and Shrimp Lakes open to fishing
- The inlet stream of Trout Lake
and the portions of the lake within 50 feet of the inlet stream, as
posted, open to fishing July 15.
- Agate Creek, Cottonwood Creek
and the Yellowstone River within 100 yards of the mouth of Agate Creek
and Cottonwood Creek, open to fishing July 15.
. The number of fish that may be
kept per day is five (not counting lake trout from Yellowstone and Heart
Lakes or brook trout from
Pocket Lake), of which at
least three must be brook trout.
Possession and Size Limit:
. The number of fish that a person
may have in his/her possession at any time, regardless if fresh, stored
in freezers or ice chests or otherwise preserved, is five (not counting
lake trout from Yellowstone and Heart Lakes or
brook trout from Pocket Lake),
of which three must be brook trout. A person must cease fishing immediately
upon filling his/her possession limit.
. To continue fishing, catch and
release or otherwise, a person may possess no more than four fish,
of which at least two must be brook trout. To continue fishing catch
and release on Yellowstone Lake, a person may possess no more than
two cutthroat trout. To continue fishing catch and release on Lewis
and Shoshone Lakes and all other waters open to fishing, a person
may possess no more than four fish, of which no more than two may
be cutthroat trout.
. All fish a person does not elect
to keep in possession shall be carefully and immediately returned
to the water from which they were taken.
. Upgrading is prohibited.
. It is the angler's responsibility
to measure fish lengths and to identify fish by species.
. Cutthroat Trout: Parkwide: Catch
and release only.
- Yellowstone Lake: Catch
and release only prior to July 15.
- Yellowstone Lake and tributaries:
Two fish under 13 inches beginning
- The Lamar River upstream from
Calfee Creek and all tributaries above and including Calfee Creek:
Two fish, any size.
. Grayling: Parkwide: Catch and
. Mountain Whitefish: Parkwide:
Two fish, any size.
. Rainbow Trout: Parkwide: Two
fish, any size.
- Madison River, Firehole River
and their tributaries, catch and release only.
- Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls,
catch and release only.
- Bechler River, catch and release
. Brown Trout: Parkwide: Two fish,
- Madison River, Firehole River
and it's tributaries and Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls: Two fish,
under 13 inches.
- Lewis River proper below Lewis
Falls: Catch and release only.
. Brook Trout: Parkwide: Five
fish any size.
- Richard's Pond, Fawn Lake, Blacktail
Ponds, five fish under 13 inches.
- Pocket Lake: No daily or possession
limit; all brook trout must be kept.
. Lake Trout: Parkwide: Two fish,
- Yellowstone Lake and Heart Lake:
no size or possession limit. All lake trout caught must be kept by the
angler and presented to a ranger as soon as practical. After inspection
by a ranger, the fish may be returned to the angler.
Tackle and bait restrictions:
- Each angler may use only one
rod or one line, which must be closely attended. Fishing in any other
manner is prohibited.
- Only artificial lures or flies
may be used. Lures may have only one hook with a single, double or
treble point and flies may have only one hook with a single point.
- No more than one hook may be
on any line at any time except that two flies may be on a single line/leader.
. Leaded fishing tackle such as
leaded split-shot sinkers, weighted jigs (lead molded to a hook),
and soft lead-weighted ribbon for nymph fishing are prohibited.
. Snagging is prohibited.
. Natural or organic bait, such
as salmon eggs, worms insects or foodstuffs and scented attractants,
. The Madison River, Firehole
River and its tributaries, and the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls
are restricted to fly fishing only.
. Disposal of fish entrails on
shore or into shallow water within 100 feet of back-country campsites
. When in possession of any fishing
equipment and while immediately adjacent to or on waters of the park,
the possession of worms, insects or other organic matter or parts
thereof is prohibited.
- Children 11 years of age or under
may fish with worms on the Gardner River, Obsidian Creek, Indian Creek,
Panther Creek and Joffe Lake.
Other closed waters
. The Firehole River, from the
road bridge one-half mile east of Old Faithful downstream to the road
bridge at Biscuit Basin, including any other portions of the Firehole
River identified by the posting of appropriate signs, which lie in
the immediate vicinity of hazardous or fragile thermal features.
. The Yellowstone River from Chittenden
Bridge downstream through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to a
point directly below Silver Cord Cascade.
. The Yellowstone River for 100
yards upstream and 100 yards downstream of LeHardy Rapids.
. The side channel of the Yellowstone
River near the road at Buffalo Ford.
(l) Snowmobiling Fine $50.00
. Upon designated routes, snowmobile
use shall be limited to the unplowed roadway which is defined as that
portion of the roadway located between the road shoulders designated
by snow poles, ropes, fencing and signs erected by the Superintendent
to regulate snowmobile activity; or by the exterior boundaries of
the bern created by the packing and grooming of the unplowed roadway.
. Operation of a snowmobile less
than 100 feet off of the established roadway and with no significant
resource damage is prohibited.
. Operation of a snowmobile more
than 100 feet off of the established roadway or any distance with
significant resource damage is prohibited. Fine $100.00
. Except for emergency situations
or demonstrated administrative need, the road over Dunraven Pass between
the Washburn Hot Springs overlook and Tower Falls is closed to snowmobile
. Snowmobile operators must possess
a valid state motor vehicle operator's license, learner or instruction
permit. The license or permit must be carried by the operator.
. Persons possessing a learner or
instruction permit must be accompanied and supervised within line of
sight, but no further away than 100 yards, by a responsible person 21
years of age or older possessing a valid state motor vehicle operator's
or being in physical control of a snowmobile by persons too young to
possess a learner of instruction permit is prohibited. The responsible
person allowing such activity may be issued a violation notice under