Watercraft that remain in the Flathead Basin will not require an annual inspection before launching the first time each season. This action does not apply to boats that have left the Flathead Basin or are entering the Basin.
Even if you have remained in the Basin, you must stop at a check station if you pass one. It is state law that all watercraft must stop at mandatory Watercraft Inspection Stations (if the watercraft passes an Inspection Station after hours of operation, the watercraft must be inspected before launch).
Watercraft can be inspected at the check station in Ravalli and Jesco Boats in Kalispell. A Check Station is also located at the Mt Fish, Wildlife and Parks at Region 1 in Kalispell.
For more information on watercraft inspection requirement changes, hours of operation or locations contact Tom McDonald, Erik Hanson or Germaine White at 675-2700.
You can bring a photo of your boat to the Tribal FWRC office located on 6th Avenue East in Polson (where the old Mission Valley Power office was once located). You will be given some educational information and asked to sign an affidavit that asserts you are a local boater and only launch your boat on Flathead Lake.
Contact the CSKT FWRC office at 675-2700. We will coordinate with you to have an inspector come to you and perform a field inspection.
Yes. The CSKT are honoring FWP inspections performed off the Reservation.
If you have your watercraft inspected this year and only launch on waters inside the Flathead Basin you will not need to get another inspection. You will have to stop at all mandatory boat inspection stations if you trailer your watercraft between lakes within the basin and show your inspection paperwork, but you will not need to be inspected again.
If you leave the Flathead Basin with your watercraft, you will need to get another inspection before you can launch your watercraft in basin waters. Today, the waters of the Flathead Basin are free of invasive mussels. Since so many surrounding waters are fouled with Zebra and Quagga mussels, we are taking this precaution to protect our waters.
No. We are requiring boat owners to have their boats inspected in person.