Patrolling Yellowstone Lake

An employee wearing a life jacket and headphones steering a boat on a lake
Ranger Jackie captains her boat on Yellowstone Lake.

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.

"The vastness of the lake, the mountains reflecting in the water on a calm day, and the diversity of wildlife in the area: Yellowstone Lake truly is a great treasure. It's a privilege to explore and protect such a special resource." - Park Ranger Jackie Sene

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Last updated: September 24, 2020

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