There are a number of water activities taking place in Yosemite National Park during the warmer season.
Swimming – It is permitted to swim in all bodies of water across the park with the exception of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River, Emerald Pool and Silver Apron, Lake Eleanor Reservoir, and Wawona Domestic Water Intake. If you’d rather swim in a pool, you can go to the outdoor pools of Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge. Regardless, make sure to beware of hazards and protect the water by entering and exiting on sandy beaches.
However, there are certain regulations you should abide by.
- Fishing from bridges and docks isn’t allowed.
- While fishing in Yosemite Valley and El Portal, rainbow trout should be released once caught. In addition, fishermen can only catch five brown trout per day or have ten in possession.
- In the valley and El Portal, bait fishing isn’t allowed.
- Bait fish, amphibians and non-preserved fish eggs shouldn’t be used or possessed.
- Mirror Lake is a stream, which is why it’s only open during stream fishing season.