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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

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

AIS watercraft inspections stations reduce hours

Labor Day weekend marked the conclusion of the summer boating season in Montana. With the decrease in boating traffic, some watercraft inspection stations are reducing hours or closing for the season. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

FWP & BOR meeting at Tiber about AIS facilities

Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Bureau of Reclamation are meeting to discuss potential locations and improvements for aquatic invasive species facilities at Tiber Reservoir. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Boats coming from Lake Powell undergo addition examination

With the proliferation of adult quagga mussels in Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona, watercraft from this lake that are entering Montana will be subject to additional measures at watercraft inspection stations to ensure they are free from aquatic invasive species.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Keeping vigilant on protecting Montana’s waterways

With summer half over, more than 50,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Watercraft users must stop at AIS inspection stations every time

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ wardens would like to remind watercraft users that they must stop every time they pass an AIS inspection station, even if they have previously been inspected.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but be safe, know the rules and Clean, Drain, Dry

Memorial Day in Montana is the unofficial start to summer, and as boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state, they need to keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Additional Watercraft Inspection Station Available in Kalispell

Boaters have an additional opportunity to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species with the opening of an additional watercraft inspection station in Kalispell.

Friday, May 18, 2018

FWP modifies boater access on Tiber Reservoir

After public input, Fish, Wildlife and Parks is changing its access plan for Tiber Reservoir this year, keeping a focus preventing the spread of invasive mussels, while providing adequate access to the reservoir.

Thursday, April 19, 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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