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Certified Boater Program


NEW FOR 2020:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has delisted Canyon Ferry Reservoir as an invasive species management area. Following three years of no invasive mussel detection, regional guidelines allow for the delisting of a suspect waterbody and the removal of the mandatory exit inspection requirements.

This results in the end of the Certified Program on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. The restrictions on Tiber Reservoir will remain in place for at least two more years. Learn more >>

What is the Tiber Certified Boater Program?

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  • The Certified Boater program was created to ease the inspection process for boat owners and decrease the volume of boats at decontamination stations at Tiber Reservoir. It allows watercraft inspectors to focus on boats traveling between many different waterbodies. 
  • A Certified Boater can depart from the reservoir without going through a full inspection and hot wash if their next boating trip is on this reservoir. 
  • A Certified Boater can access all OPEN boat ramps within their designated reservoir.
  • Boaters must register each year to be in the Certified Boater Program.
  • You can complete the certification process for the 2020 season beginning April 6.
  • You must read the tutorial, pass the test, complete a registration form, and sign a contract agreeing to abide by the Certified Boater rules.  Remember, you'll need your vessel and trailer licenses numbers and description of all vessels to complete certification. 
    • Your Certified Boater decals will be mailed to you within 5-working days.  If you want to complete the certification in person, you will need to travel to an FWP regional office to complete the certification process and receive your decals. Remember to bring your vessel and trailer licenses numbers and description of all vessels.

Certified Boater Access Sites 

Boat ramps located around Tiber Reservoir are open to “certified boaters.” The map below indicate the current status of each boat ramp on these waterbodies. 

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Contact Us

For general questions about the Certified Boater Program, please call (406) 444-2440 or contact your local FWP regional office.


AIS Bureau, Montana FWP
1420 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-2440

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