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ALL watercraft (motorized and nonmotorized) must stop at ALL watercraft inspection stations you encounter. Inspection stations are the first line of defense to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. 

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. Stop at ALL open inspection stations you encounter in Montana.
  • 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 5:30AM - 9:30PM 7 days/week
Broadus 5/20/20 9/7/20  6AM - 6PM Wed-Fri
Browning 5/13/20 10/18/20 6AM - 9:30PM 7 days/week
Canyon Ferry Silos 5/16/20 9/14/20 6AM - 4PM Thurs-Sun
Clearwater Junction 4/18/20  TBD 5:30AM - 9:30PM 7 days/week
Dillon 3/14/20 10/18/20 5:30AM - 9:30PM 7 days/week
Eureka TBD TBD Opening dependent upon Canada-USA border opening
Flowing Wells 4/29/20 10/25/20 6AM - 8:30PM 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 to schedule an inspection
Glacier National Park For details, visit: www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating
Hardin 4/22/20 10/18/20 6:30AM - 8:30PM 7 days/week
Helena US-12 5/2/20 9/20/20 5:30AM - 9:30PM 7 days/week
Nashua 4/25/20 10/25/20  5AM - 9PM 7 days/week
Ravalli 2/21/20 10/5/20 24/7; 7 days/week
Seville 7/6/20  TBD 7AM - 5PM 7 days/week
St. Regis 5/2/20 9/20/20 7AM - 9PM 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 10AM - 9PM Mon-Fri
9AM - 9PM Sat-Sun
Tiber Willow Creek 5/30/20 10/18/20 9AM - 9PM Fri-Sun
Tongue River 5/16/20 9/7/20 6AM - 3:30PM Thur-Sun
Troy 4/25/20 9/20/20 7AM - 9PM 7 days/week
Whitefish Lake City Beach 5/9/20 10/1/20 7AM - 10PM 7 days/week
Whitefish Lake City Beach Prevention/Decon
(Overflow Parking Lot)
5/9/20 10/9/20 10AM - 7PM 7 days/week
Whitefish Lake State Park 5/9/20 10/1/20 7AM - 10PM 7 days/week
Wibaux 4/18/20 TBD 6AM - 8PM 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. You still must stop at ALL open inspection stations you encounter in Montana.
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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