You've probably heard about the rangers who patrol the frontcountry roads and backcountry trails of the park. But did you know Yellowstone has lake patrol rangers, too? With a fleet of nine vessels, employees like Jackie perform a variety of tasks on Yellowstone and Lewis lakes including maintaining backcountry sites, assisting with aquatic invasive species and loon monitoring, transporting employees and equipment, and performing open-water rescues, to name a few. With quick-moving weather that can produce seas up to 6 feet and water temperatures averaging 41 degrees F, survival time of people on a capsized vessel can be 15 minutes or less.
Last updated: September 24, 2020