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Inspection stations are closed for the 2018 season.

Watercraft inspections are still required. You can get your watercraft inspected at a regional or area FWP office.

Plan ahead and stop at a regional or FWP office for an inspection prior to launching if:

  • You are coming into Montana from out-of-state.
  • 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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Inspection and Decontamination Stations

 

 

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Name Agency Location Days/Hours of Operation
Region 1 HQ, Kalispell FWP 490 N. Meridian Road 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
Region 2 HQ, Missoula FWP 3201 Spurgin Road 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
Region 3 HQ, Bozeman FWP 1400 South 19th 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
Helena Area Regional Office FWP 930 Custer Avenue W. 9 AM - 12:45 PM Mon - Fri
Butte Area Regional Office FWP 1820 Meadowlark Lane 9 AM - 12:45 PM Mon - Fri
Region 4 HQ, Great Falls FWP 4600 Giant Springs Road 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
Lewistown Area Regional Office FWP 333 Airport Road 10 AM - 2 PM Mon - Fri
Region 5 HQ, Billings FWP 2300 Lake Elmo Drive 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
Region 6 HQ, Glasgow FWP 1 Airport Road 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
Havre Area Regional Office FWP 2165 Hwy 2 East 10 AM - 2 PM Mon - Fri
Region 7 HQ, Miles City FWP 352 I-94 Business Loop 8 AM - 5 PM Mon - Fri
CSKT Fish and Wildlife Office, Polson CSKT 406 6th Ave E

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2018 Inspection Station Information

Watercraft inspection stations operated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and our partners checked more watercraft than any previous year.The chart below lists the number of watercraft inspected at each station and the mussel fouled boats detected.

2018 Inspection Stations

Total Inspections

# Fouled Boats

Station Manager

Anaconda

7,929

8

FWP

Babb

244

Blackfeet Nation

Bighorn National Recreation Area

826

National Park Service

Birch Creek

505

Blackfeet Nation

Browning

5,017

Blackfeet Nation (Contracted by FWP)

Canyon Ferry-Goose Bay Marina

446

FWP

Canyon Ferry-Hellgate Recreational Area

986

FWP

Canyon Ferry -North BOR Site

2,625

FWP

Canyon Ferry-Silos

4,078

FWP

Clearwater Junction

13,718

1

Missoula County* (Contracted by FWP)

Cut Bank

747

Blackfeet Nation

Dena Mora

5,097

FWP

Dillon

2,286

4

FWP

Elmo

1,557

CSKT* (Contracted by FWP)

Eureka

1,826

FWP

Events Crew Roving

127

FWP

Flowing Wells

1,396

Garfield CD* (Contracted by FWP)

Fort Peck Roving

1,593

FWP

Fresno

511

FWP

FWP Helena Area Resource Office

14

FWP

FWP Lewistown Area Resource Office

4

FWP

FWP Region 1 Office

412

FWP

FWP Region 2 Office

18

FWP

FWP Region 3 Office

55

FWP

FWP Region 4 Office

2

FWP

FWP Region 5 Office

24

FWP

FWP Region 6 Office

14

FWP

FWP Region 7 Office

17

FWP

Glacier National Park

10,690

National Park Service

Hardin

4,843

FWP

Highway 12 Helena

4,498

FWP

Jesco Marine/Kalispell

119

CSKT* (Contracted by FWP)

Lincoln

3,433

FWP

Nashua

1,902

FWP

Ravalli

13,764

CSKT* (Contracted by FWP)

Sula

1,460

FWP

Swan Roving

267

Missoula County*

Thompson Falls

3,678

FWP

Tiber-Marina

412

FWP

Tiber-North Bootlegger

18

FWP

Tiber-VFW Campground

691

FWP

Tongue River Reservoir State Park

2,320

FWP

Troy

5,779

FWP

Whitefish Lake City Beach

1,091

Whitefish Lake Institute

Whitefish Lake Decontamination Station

331

Whitefish Lake Institute

Whitefish Lake State Park

1,102

Whitefish Lake Institute

Wibaux

1,310

3

FWP

Totals

109,782

16

*Missoula County = Missoula County Weed District

*CSKT = Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

*Garfield CD = Garfield Conservation District


2018 Mussel Fouled Boats

Fouled Boat #

Date

Station Location

Origin

Destination

1

4/20/2018

Anaconda

Lake Eire, OH

Washington

2

4/27/2018

Dillon

Lake Pleasant, AZ

Montana

3

5/8/2018

Dillon

Lake Powell,AZ

Washington

4

5/11/2018

Dillon

Texoma, TX

Idaho

5

5/24/2018

Wibaux

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Alberta, Canada

6

5/27/2018

Clearwater Junction

Unknown southern, CA

Montana

7

6/15/2018

Anaconda

Lake Michigan, WI

Washington

8

6/24/2018

Anaconda

Lake Michigan, MI

Washington

9

6/24/2018

Wibaux

Lake Michigan, MI

Idaho

10

7/7/2018

Anaconda

Lake Michigan, IL

Washington

11

7/12/2018

Anaconda

Lake Ontario, NY

Washington

12

7/18/2018

Anaconda

Lake Erie, OH

Washington

13

7/27/2018

Anaconda

Lake Michigan, WI

Washington

14

9/1/2018

Wibaux

Unknown, MI

Washington

15

9/26/2018

Dillon

Lake Mead, NV

Alaska

16

10/6/2018

Anaconda

Lake Michigan, WI

Washington


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


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