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Inspectors find mussels on boat being transported through Montana

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dillon watercraft inspection station intercepted a watercraft carrying invasive mussels Monday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Watercraft Inspections Resume in Northwest Montana

Watercraft inspection stations are reopening across northwest Montana, starting with early-season operations in Kalispell and Ravalli.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Launch restrictions lifted at Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Restrictions on Canyon Ferry reservoir boat launches have been removed allowing all boaters to access all boat ramps this year.  Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks sought to remove the launch restrictions after three years of testing resulted in no detections of invasive quagga or zebra mussels.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

FWP seeks public comment on AIS rules for Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on delisting 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. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

FWP seeks public comment on Flathead Basin inspection rule

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on making the mandatory inspection before launch rule for the Flathead Basin permanent. The rule is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2020. Removing the expiration date will allow the rule to continue indefinitely.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

No invasive mussels found in state waters, AIS boat inspections increase

Montana’s watercraft inspection stations set another record for boats inspected in 2019.  More than 112,00 watercraft have been inspected so far this year, surpassing last year’s number by 3,000 inspections. Inspectors have intercepted 16 boats with invasive mussels coming into the state.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hunters can help prevent spread of AIS

Hunters who use boats to access waterfowl or big game hunting areas can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana’s wetlands, rivers, and lakes. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Boat Inspection Station Close for Season, Inspections Still Required

Montana’s watercraft inspection stations are closing for the season, but boaters can still obtain an inspection at FWP regional and area offices.

Late-season anglers and hunters utilizing boats for waterfowl or big game hunting need to follow the principles of clean, drain, dry to help protect our waters from invasive aquatic weeds, animals and diseases.

Friday, October 25, 2019

FWP Hosting AIS Summit Dec 4-5

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Summit on Dec. 4 and 5 in Helena. The two-day meeting will bring together AIS partners to discuss the progress made and next steps needed to continue advancing Montana’s AIS program.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Invasive mussels found on boat at CSKT AIS check station

Second infested boat seized at Ravalli station this year

A boat from Chicago bound for Seattle was quarantined and decontaminated at the Ravalli watercraft inspection station operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).

Thursday, October 10, 2019
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AIS Bureau, Montana FWP
1420 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-2440


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To protect Montana’s waters and native aquatic species, please follow these rules and guidelines:

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