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Watercraft Inspection Stations - 2016

Watercraft Inspection Stations: Flathead Region

General information: In the Flathead Basin, based on The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) rule-making, all boaters must obtain an inspection as follows:
Residents of the Flathead Basin: An initial inspection is required before launching any watercraft (motorized or non-motorized) on the south half of Flathead Lake or the lower Flathead River. 

All non-residents: An inspection is required each time, prior to launching in the southern portion of Flathead Lake or the lower portion for Flathead River.

CSKT certificate of inspection required for launch or proof of inspection from a partnering station (as noted on this list) will be honored.

In the near future, as per the recently passed legislation creating the Flathead Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Pilot Program (see HB 622), the Flathead Basin Commission will be petitioning Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for rule-making authority so that the rules for launching in the northern and southern portions of Flathead Lake will be consistent.

Blackfeet Nation Motorized use permitted only on Duck, lower St. Mary’s, Mission and Four Horn Lakes. Felt soled waders, ballast boats, seaplanes and float planes prohibited. All boats – motorized and non-motorized boats must be inspected prior to launch and obtain a certificate of inspection. Mandatory Stations: Browning: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day. Seville: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM 7 days per week, hours may increase later in the season Birch Creek : 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM 7 days per week starting May 18, hours may increase later

Certification Stations:
KOA at St. Mary’s Chewing Blackbones Campground at St. Mary’s Blackfeet Fish and Wildlife:

Clearwater Junction (mandatory station) 7 days per week Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks:

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) 406 6th Ave East, Polson 8:00 AM –6:00 PM Monday –Thursday

Blue Bay To open in early June Hours TBD Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes:
http://nrd.csktribes.org/33-news/167-ais-fact-sheet Blue Bay:
http://nrd.csktribes.org/blue-bay

Eureka (mandatory station) Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Water Craft Inspection:
As per new FWP rules, all watercraft entering the State of Montana or crossing the continental divide (both residents and non-residents) must be inspected prior to launch.

Flathead Basin Commission at Kalispell Jesco on Hwy 93 South 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Friday 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday & Sunday 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM Memorial Day May be open July 4th and September 4th – TBD Flathead Basin Commission

Glacier National Park No motorized use – non-motorized use permitted with inspection as per GNP requirements Glacier National Park:

Kalispell Region 1 Office (Meridian Ave) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday - Friday : Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Ravalli at Hwy 200 Every day 7 days per week Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: As per new FWP rules, all watercraft entering the State of Montana or crossing the continental divide (both residents and non-residents) must be inspected prior to launch.

Seeley Chain of Lakes Program pending. Clearwater Resource Council: http://crcmt.org/aquatic-invasive-species/

Whitefish, City of Whitefish City Beach
Watercraft Inspection Station Hours
May 5:00 AM –
9:00 PM
June & July 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
August 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
September 6:00 AM –
9:00 PM Whitefish Lake State Park Watercraft Inspection Station Hours
May – September
7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

*Whitefish Lake launches now gated.
Inspection before launch required.

Whitefish Decontamination Station
Located at Whitefish Marine &Powersports (6191 U.S. Hwy 93 just north of JP Road)

Hours
May 1 – June 15 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

June 16 – August 15 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

August 16 –September 30 5:00 AM – 9:00PM



*Decontamination must be performed prior to launching in Whitefish Lake—whether or not you have been inspected at another inspection station—on all the following watercraft: with ballast tanks or bags that have been in a mussel infested waterway in the last 30 days with standing water that inspectors deem are too dirty to inspect There is a $40 fee for decontamination. City of Whitefish/Whitefish Lake Institute:

Firewall Stations (FWP operated mandatory stations designed to inspect boats from the Missouri before they enter the Columbia River Basin): I-90 Anaconda CLOSED Monday & Tuesday Currently open Wed-Sun. FWP is anticipating opening this station Mon – Tues by Memorial Day weekend.

HWY 12 Helena Open every day 7 days per week.

Lincoln Open every day 7 days per week. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks:

As per new FWP rules, all watercraft entering the State of Montana or crossing the continental divide (both residents and non-residents) must be inspected prior to launch.

Decontamination Stations

As per FWP regulations, all boaters planning to cross the continental divide must decontaminate their boats at a decontamination station prior to leaving Tiber/Canyon area. Decontaminated boats will be hitch sealed and obtain decontamination documentation.

Tiber Decontamination 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM 7 days a week

Canyon Ferry Decontamination 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM 7 days a week
The Flathead Basin Commission, Protecting water quality since 1983

 

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Caryn Miske Executive Director
Flathead Basin Commission
655 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell Montana 59901
406-240-3453 e-mail: cmiske@mt.gov

 

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