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The Yellowstone AND ITS TRIBUTARIES are now officially closed to ANY river use until further notice.  This includes fishing, boating, wading, floating, tubing, or any other activity that involves contact with the water).  The reason for all this is due to a parasite that has been killing thousands of whitefish on the Yellowstone and can also effect trout.  The parasite, (Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae) causes PKD, or Proliferative Kidney Disease and can be deadly, especially during drought conditions.

For more information check out the FWP Press Release:

We are encouraging everyone to clean their boats, wading shoes, anchor rope, trailers, or anything else that has come into contact with the water.  There are mandatory boat washing stations on the Bozeman pass as well as East of town. If you live in Livingston and have floated the Yellowstone please take action yourself and go to a car wash.  Be sure to take your whole anchor rope out and wash it as well (since normally part of this is hidden by your boat).  If possible allow your boat and everything else to completely dry before heading to another body of water.

Dead whitefish, settled in a deep pool of the Yellowstone. Photo: EP