- Commercial Stream and Shoreline Fishing allows the CUA holder to conduct guided walk and wade fishing trips in park streams and lakes. Float tubes use in lakes is permitted with this CUA.
- Use of boats (including pontoon boats) is not authorized and requires a separate CUA.
- Guided activities such as day hiking (on trails greater than ½ mile) backpacking, biking, boating, photography instruction, and/or overnight backcountry trips are not authorized under this permit.
- The CUA holder is limited to 15 clients per day. Maximum group size is 6 including guide. Each group must include at least one guide. Groups must be dispersed.
- Areas of the park may have restrictions due to resource concerns or temporary closures.
Staff and Employment
- At a minimum, one guide on each trip must be currently certified in Standard First Aid and CPR, and carry a first aid kit. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification is recommended. A written list of guides and dates of standard First-Aid certification must be provided to the Concessions Management Office prior to the beginning of the operational season. Copies of first-aid cards need not be submitted.
- Guides must be at least 18 years of age, trained in basic safety, resource protection, Leave No Trace principles, park rules and regulations, and in the requirements of the CUA terms and conditions. Leave No Trace certification is recommended.
- One guide on each trip must have previous, relevant outdoor experience including previous experience on the trails, lakes or streams they are guiding.
- The guide for any trip, within the park, must have a basic knowledge of map reading, and must have a topographic map for the area of their trip if they are guiding in the backcountry. It is recommended the guide have a compass and knowledge of compass use.
- All clients and guides must have a Yellowstone National Park fishing permit and must obey park fishing regulations. Fishing permits are required for anyone 16 years and older.
- Float tube users must have a Yellowstone National Park boat permit and abide by the Park’s Boating Regulations. Float tube users must wear a Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) at all times, carry a whistle to use during emergencies, and a United States Coast Guard approve visual distress signal (pocket sized) for guide use during emergency.
- To prevent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), the CUA holder must ensure gear, tackle, clothing, equipment (especially wading boots) and float tubes are cleaned and dried before entering or changing Yellowstone waters.
- All watercraft and their equipment, including any inflatable or float tube and associated water recreational articles must undergo an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspection prior to entering any water within Yellowstone National Park. AIS inspections must be done at the same time a boat permit is issued and conducted only by authorized NPS AIS staff.
- Any article immersed in park waters known to contain Aquatic Invasive Species, shall be thoroughly inspected and cleaned prior to entering any other waters within the park.
- Waters contaminated by Aquatic Invasive Species include: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone River (Yellowstone Lake to the park north boundary), Pelican Creek, Gardiner River (Mammoth Hot Springs to the park north boundary), Lewis River (south of Lewis Falls), Madison River, Gibbon River (Madison to Norris), Firehole River (Madison to Old Faithful), and Nez Perce Creek.
- The CUA holder or guide must provide all clients with an orientation prior to the trip which emphasizes safety, bear habitat, Leave No Trace principles, park rules and regulations and the nature and demands of the trip.
- The CUA holder is responsible for ensuring that all clients are safely equipped and properly clothed prior to the trip.
- Each guide must carry a minimum of one can of bear spray. Bear spray for clients is recommended.
- CUA holders must abide by the Food Storage and Food Sanitation Guidelines found in Appendix A. Packs with food or other bear attractants may not be left unattended on shore and must be properly stored or kept on person while fishing.
- Fish that are kept should be cleaned, if possible, at cleaning stations. Otherwise, fish entrails should not be buried, burned, or left on shore. All entrails should have the air bladders punctured and then be thrown into the deepest water possible, where caught.
For further backcountry guidelines and regulations, please refer to the information provided in “Beyond Road’s End” available in any Backcountry Office.