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Watercraft Inspections


Inspection stations are open for the 2019 season. See map below.

Watercraft inspections are required. If you cannot get to an open inspection station you can get your watercraft inspected at a regional or area FWP office.

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.




Watercraft Inspection Stations





Station Name Start Date Close Date Hours of Operation
Anaconda 4/6/19 9/29/19 7:00AM - 8:00PM
Babb Visit for more info
Bighorn Canyon NRA 6/15/29 TBD  6:00AM - 4:00PM Thurs-Sun
Birch Creek Visit for more info
Broadus 7/11/19 TBD 6:00AM - 6:00PM Wed-Fri
Browning 4/3/19 TBD 6:00 AM - 9:30PM
Canyon Ferry Goosebay 5/25/19 9/15/19 8:00AM - 9:00PM Mon-Thurs
6:30AM - 8:00PM Fri-Sun
Canyon Ferry Hellgate 5/18/19 9/15/19 7:30AM - 8:30PM Mon-Thurs
7:30AM - 9:00PM Fri-Sun
Canyon Ferry North 5/11/19 10/13/19 7:30AM - 8:30PM Mon-Thurs
7:30AM - 9:00PM Fri-Sun
Canyon Ferry Silos 5/11/19 10/13/19 7:00AM - 8:30PM Mon-Thurs
7:30AM - 9:00PM Fri-Sun
Clearwater Junction 4/11/19   7:00AM - 7:00PM
CSKT Office Visit for more info
Dillon 4/6/19 9/22/19 7:00AM - 8:30PM 
Eureka 5/25/19 9/15/19 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Flowing Wells 5/19/19 10/31/19 8:00AM - 8:00PM Sun-Wed
6:30AM - 8:00PM Thurs-Sat
Fresno 5/17/19 9/3/19
11:00AM - 8:00PM Thurs-Fri
6:00AM - 3:00PM Sat-Sun
FWP Kalispell (weekends/holidays) 3/13/19 10/15/19 9:00AM - 5:00PM Sat-Sun
FWP Regional Offices 1/2/19 12/31/19 8:00AM - 5:00PM Mon-Fri
Glacier National Park Visit for more info
Hardin 4/19/19 9/29/19 7:00AM - 8:00PM
Helena US-12 5/18/19 10/13/19 6:30AM - 8:30PM
Many Glacier Visit for more info
Nashua 5/19/19 10/31/19 5:30AM - 9:00PM
Plains 5/11/19 9/15/19 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Ravalli 3/15/19 10/15/19 24 hours
Seville 5/25/19  TBD 7:00AM - 7:00PM 
St. Mary Visit for more info
St. Regis 5/18/19 9/15/19 6:30AM - 9:00PM
St. Xavier 7/18/19 10/26/19 7:00AM - 7:00PM Thurs-Sat
Sula 5/18/19 9/15/19 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Tiber Marina 5/11/19 10/13/19 6:30AM - 8:30PM
Tiber VFW Campground 5/11/19 10/13/19 6:30AM - 8:30PM
Tongue River 5/25/19 9/29/19 10:00AM - 8:00PM Thurs-Fri
6:00AM - 4:00PM Sat
8:00AM - 6:00PM Sun
Troy 5/25/19 9/15/19 7:00AM - 7:00PM
Two Medicine Visit for more info
West Glacier - Lake McDonald Visit for more info
Whitefish Lake City Beach 5/1/19 9/30/19 6:00AM - 10:00PM
Whitefish Lake City Beach Prevention/Decon
(Overflow Parking Lot)
5/1/19 9/30/19 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Whitefish Lake State Park 5/1/19 9/30/19 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Wibaux 4/16/19 10/31/19 7:00AM - 8:00PM
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
Wyoming Game & Fish Find Wyoming watercraft inspections here:



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

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