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Additional inspection stations will open in April and May

Watercraft inspections are still required. Call ahead to schedule inspections at Regional FWP Offices, 406-444-2440.

See map or table below for details.

Plan ahead and get your watercraft inspected prior to launching if:

  • You are coming into Montana from out-of-state.
    • Out-of-state boats needing an inspection prior to launching on Montana waters can obtain an inspection in Idaho and Wyoming.   Proof of inspection receipt required, and seal when applicable. 
  • You are traveling west over the Continental Divide into western Montana (the Columbia River Basin).
  • You are coming off Tiber Reservoir.
    • Certified boaters must still follow the terms of their contract; they are required to get an inspection if they are travelling to another waterbody.
    • Certified boater ramps will remain open ONLY to certified boaters.
  • You are launching anywhere within the Flathead Basin and your watercraft last launched on waters outside of the Flathead Basin.

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Watercraft Inspection Stations

 

 

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Station Name Start Date Close Date Hours of Operation
Dillon 3/14/20 10/18/20 8:45AM - 5:15PM, Mon-Thur
8:15AM - 6:45PM, Fri-Sun
FWP Kalispell Office  1/2/20 12/31/20 8AM – 5PM Mon-Fri
9AM – 5PM Sat-Sun & Holidays
FWP Regional Offices 1/2/20 12/31/20 Call 406-444-2440 to schedule an inspection
Ravalli 2/21/20 TBD 7AM - 7PM, 7 days/week
Border State Watercraft Inspection Stations Out-of-state boaters needing an inspection prior to launching on Montana waters can obtain an inspection in Idaho and Wyoming. Proof of inspection receipt required, and seal when applicable.
Idaho Invasive Species Find Idaho watercraft inspections at http://invasivespecies.idaho.gov/watercraft-inspection-stations
Wyoming Game & Fish Find Wyoming watercraft inspections here: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Fishing-and-Boating/Aquatic-Invasive-Species-Prevention

 

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


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