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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
Anaconda 4/10/20 TBD 7AM - 7PM Fri-Sun
8AM - 6PM Mon-Thurs
Broadus 5/20/20 9/7/20  6AM - 6PM Wed-Fri
Browning 5/13/20 10/18/20 8AM - 6PM Wed-Sat
Canyon Ferry Silos 5/16/20 9/14/20 6AM - 4PM Thurs-Sun
Clearwater Junction 4/18/20  TBD 7AM - 8PM 7 days/week
Dillon 3/14/20 10/18/20 6AM - 9PM 7 days/week
Flowing Wells 4/29/20 10/25/20 6AM - 8PM 7 days/week
Fresno 5/16/20 9/7/20 9AM – 7PM Thurs-Fri
6AM – 4PM Sat-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
Hardin 4/22/20 10/18/20 6AM - 8PM 7 days/week
Helena US-12 5/2/20 9/20/20 6AM - 8:30PM 7 days/week
Nashua 4/25/20 10/25/20  6AM - 8PM 7 days/week
Ravalli 2/21/20 10/5/20 24/7; 7 days/week
St. Regis 5/2/20 9/20/20 6AM - 10PM 7 days/week
St. Xavier 5/16/20 9/7/20 7AM - 4PM 7 days/week
Sula 5/16/19 9/7/20 8AM - 6PM 7 days/week
Thompson Falls 5/21/20 9/20/20 6:30AM - 9PM 7 days/week
Tiber Marina 5/2/20 10/18/20 6AM-8:30PM 7 days/week
Tiber VFW Campground 5/2/20 10/18/20 6AM-8:30PM 7 days/week
Tongue River 5/16/20 9/7/20 9AM - 6:30PM Thur-Fri
6AM - 3:30PM Sat
9AM - 6:30PM Sun
Troy 4/25/20 9/20/20 7AM - 7PM 7 days/week
Whitefish Lake City Beach 5/9/20 10/1/20 7AM - 9PM 7 days/week
Whitefish Lake City Beach Prevention/Decon
(Overflow Parking Lot)
5/9/20 10/9/20 10AM - 5PM 7 days/week
Whitefish Lake State Park 5/9/20 10/1/20 7AM - 9PM 7 days/week
Wibaux 4/18/20 TBD 7AM - 7PM 7 days/week
Willow Creek 5/30/20 10/18/20 10AM - 9PM Mon-Thurs
9AM - 9PM Fri-Sun
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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