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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

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

AIS watercraft inspections stations reduce hours

Montana’s boating season is slowing down, and with the decrease in boating traffic some watercraft inspection stations are reducing hours or closing for the season.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Busy summer for Aquatic Invasive Species prevention

So far, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and its partner agencies have conducted more than 52,000 watercraft inspections – with more than 7,000 of those happening over the Fourth of July weekend. To date, 13 vessels with zebra or quagga mussels have been intercepted.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Boaters: Remember to “clean, drain, dry” this summer

The summer boating season in Montana has begun, and more than 24,000 watercraft have already been inspected at aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and partner organizations operate more than 30 watercraft inspections stations to ensure boats launching on Montana waters are free of aquatic invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Ballast boats need decontamination at watercraft inspection stations

Boat owners transporting watercraft with ballast tanks or bladders will undergo additional cleaning at watercraft inspection stations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Monday, June 3, 2019

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

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
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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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