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Watercraft inspection stations to open in southwest Montana

Several watercraft inspection stations in southwest Montana will soon become operative for the 2019 boating season. These stations help boaters meet state laws in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Guest Editorial: Montanans work together to protect our waters

Montanans know how precious water is. It’s essential for fish and wildlife, boating and angling, irrigating, drinking and creating much of our electricity. When something threatens our water — such as aquatic invasive species — we are on high alert.

Friday, April 19, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Watercraft Inspection Stations Opening Across the State; Western Montana Boaters Should Review Local Info and Requirements

Some watercraft inspection stations are opening across the state for the 2019 boating season, and boaters transporting motorized or non-motorized watercraft are required to stop at stations they pass, as directed by signs.  Additionally, western Montana boaters should review specific watercraft inspection requirements and local station information.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Inspectors find mussels on boat being transported through Montana

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying invasive mussels Monday. The boat was being transported from the Great Lakes area to Bellingham, WA, by a commercial hauler. The boat was last used on Lake Huron and had been in dry dock since October.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Snowbird Boaters Must Get Inspection When Returning To Montana

Boaters anxious to get on the water after a long, cold winter are reminded to ensure their watercraft are Clean, Drained and Dry to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Montana remains vigilante in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species that can devastate aquatic habitats, ruin fishing and boating opportunities, and damage pipes and pumps used for agriculture and industry.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Certified boater training now available online

Certified boater training for Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoir is available online.

Friday, March 22, 2019
Categories: Certified Boaters

Watercraft inspection stations to open in Montana

The first watercraft inspection stations of 2019 will open this month in Kalispell, Ravalli and Browning. Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Read the 2018 AIS Reports

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has released the 2018 Watercraft Inspection Station Annual Report.   Highlights from the report include:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Categories: AIS News

FWP completes another successful season in the fight against AIS

2018 was a big year for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and its aquatic invasive species program with a record number of watercrafts inspected, record number of water samples analyzed and no mussel larvae or adult mussels detected.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Categories: AIS News

Waterfowl hunters can help prevent spread of AIS

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds waterfowl hunters that they can help prevent aquatic invasive species from infesting Montana’s wetlands, rivers and lakes.  The three steps of Clean, Drain, Dry greatly minimize the risk of spreading invasive species.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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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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