The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are operating an additional watercraft check station at the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation offices at 406 6th Ave East in Polson. The watercraft check station is open Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 5:30 pm. New extended hours for the Polson check station include Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
All watercraft must be inspected and cleared for launching into any Flathead Reservation water body by a certified boat inspector. All watercraft, trailers, water based personal equipment must be completely clean, drained and dry on all interior and exterior surfaces before launching into Flathead Reservation water bodies.
A watercraft check station is also currently operating in Ravalli at Highway 93 next to the highway maintenance shop. The hours of operation for the Ravalli watercraft check station are from 7 am until 9 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Monday and Tuesday hours of operation are 7 am to 7 pm. The check station will be open Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd from 7 am to 10 pm.
For more information on mandatory watercraft inspection station sites or hours contact Tom McDonald or Germaine White at 675-2700.
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.
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.
The CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation is now staffing a boaters check station at 406 6th Ave East in Polson.
The station's hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.