New FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about CSKT Watercraft Inspections 06-2017
I have a boat and I only use it on Flathead Lake. Do I still need to get it inspected?
Yes. The CSKT are asking everyone to have all of their watercraft (boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, etc.) inspected this year even if they only boat on Flathead Lake. We are using this as an educational opportunity to inform local residents and visitors about invasive species- especially invasive mussels that have now been discovered in Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoir.
Is there a fee for a boat inspection?
3. What if I can’t get my boat to a local inspection station because it is on a boat lift/ has never been trailered?
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.
What if I am physically disabled or elderly and cannot bring my boat in for an inspection?
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.
If I got my watercraft inspected at a Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) inspection site that is not on the Reservation is my inspection valid on the Reservation?
Yes. The CSKT are honoring FWP inspections performed off the Reservation.
How long is my inspection valid? How often must I have my boat inspected?
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.
What if I take my watercraft outside of the Flathead Basin?
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.
What waters are included in the Flathead Basin? How do I know if I am in the Basin or not?
2017 CSKT Emergency AIS Boating and Watercraft Regulations Added 5-17
2017 CSKT Emergency AIS Boating and Watercraft Regulations Flathead Indian Reservation
Before launching the first time in 2017, all boats and watercraft must be inspected for aquatic invasive species (AIS) and certified clean of any AIS by a Tribal, State or other authorized agency AIS inspector. Operators of the boats or watercraft must possess proof (certificate, decal or receipt) of an inspection at all times and show it upon request from any law enforcement personnel of any competent jurisdiction.
Gasoline-powered boat motors are prohibited on all watercraft on all water bodies of the Flathead Reservation, with the exception of Flathead Lake and the Flathead River. Watercraft with electric trolling motors are allowed on Flathead Reservation water bodies along with hand propelled, non-trailered watercraft including; kayaks, canoes, rafts and paddleboards.
Boat trailers are not permitted to enter Flathead Reservation water bodies with the exception of Flathead Lake and Flathead River.
All persons hauling or trailering boats and watercraft must stop at any open boat AIS check station along their route of travel.
All boats and watercraft leaving the Flathead River Basin of Montana during the 2017 year and returning to Flathead Reservation must obtain a new boat inspection prior to launching into Reservation waters.
The use of felt soled waders in any waters of the Flathead Reservation is not permitted.
All water use gear and equipment must be clean and dry before use on any water body of the Flathead Reservation.
For more information on regulations for watercraft or to schedule watercraft inspection contact Tom McDonald, Georgia Smies or Germaine White, Natural Resources Department, at 675-2700.