Yellowstone National Park is encouraging the public to get ready for boating and fishing season, which begins tomorrow, by cleaning, draining, and drying all boats and equipment prior to arriving in the park. This practice is intended to minimize the risk of introducing aquatic invasive species into Yellowstone’s waters. Watercraft equipped with sealed internal ballast tanks are temporarily banned from all park waters as inspections cannot always detect these invaders in these types of boats. Boaters and anglers should also be aware of temporary changes due to COVID-19. At this time, Yellowstone is open on a limited basis and fishing and boating will only be allowed in the southern portion of the park. Fishing permits are not currently available for sale inside the park due to facility closures related to COVID-19. Anglers are encouraged to purchase fishing permits locally outside the park from vendors in gateway communities.