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Most inspection stations are closed for the 2019 season. 

Watercraft inspections are still required. You can get your watercraft inspected at a regional or area FWP office Monday through Friday between 8AM – 5PM. Call ahead to schedule an inspection.

Nashua is ON CALL to offer inspections Friday through Sunday between sunrise and 3PM until November 25. Phone (406) 230-6455 to arrange an inspection.

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 or Canyon Ferry Reservoirs.
    • 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
FWP Regional Offices 1/2/19 12/31/19 8:00AM - 5:00PM Mon-Fri
Call ahead to schedule an inspection
Nashua 5/19/19 11/25/19  Fri-Sun: On call ONLY, sunrise to 3:00PM  
Phone: (406) 230-6455
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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