Yellowstone Kayaker Gets 5-Year Ban, Two Months In Jail After Drunken Rampage

A sign on a wooden fence

Drunk kayaking around around Yellowstone… sounds pretty fun, right?

Maybe not… Yellowstone National Park doesn’t mess around.

On June 21st, Kyle F. Campbell set out to Yellowstone for a kayak trip at the Grant Marina with his buddies. However, the boys got a little too trashed, as the guides told them they were too drunk to take part in the kayak trip.

Apparently, being too drunk to kayak didn’t sit well with them and one man in particular caused a huge scene, so much so that the guides had to alert security, according to WANE 15.

After a few “threatening comments and gestures” towards officers, on top of being visibly intoxicated, refusing to obey officers, kicking rangers, resisting arrest, and injuring himself by headbutting a patrol car, he earned himself a one way trip to jail.

And that’s where he’s gonna stay for 60 days.

The man pleaded guilty to a number of criminal charges including: Disorderly conduct, Threatening, Resisting, Intentionally interfering with a government employee, Violating the lawful order of a government employee, Being under the influence of alcohol and controlled substance to a degree that may endanger oneself or others, and Contempt of court for refusing to comply with Magistrate Judge Carmen’s warrant to collect a blood sample

Threw the book at ’em.

Campbell was sentenced to 60 days in prison, five-year term of unsupervised probation, faced a five year ban from Yellowstone, while also ordered to pay $1,550 and a $50 special assessment fee.

Bob Murray, acting United States Attorney, had this to say about the incident:

“We understand that people are eager to get out this summer and enjoy national parks; however, this type of behavior is unacceptable.

Thanks to the quick actions taken by park rangers and the park vendor’s security officers, nobody was seriously harmed.

Stay sober, because unruly and intoxicated behavior will only earn you a spot with the jailbirds rather than enjoying the beauty and adventure of Yellowstone.”

Can you imagine going to jail for two months because you went into a drunken rage at a National Park?

It’s definitely an example of a “what the hell did I do last night?” moment going horribly, horribly wrong. I mean, not  “I killed a hooker” wrong, but still… pretty bad.

Sounds like ol’ Rip Wheeler needs to teach this guy a lesson.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock