First Annual Watercraft Inspector Appreciation Week

August 2nd-8th


The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CS&KT) in partnership with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) currently manages two of the 20+ watercraft inspection stations located throughout the state of Montana.  The Ravalli station is currently open 24/7 and will remain open until October 17th.  The Thompson Falls station is currently open from 7am-8pm and will remain open until September 19th

Both stations employ 22 tribal member inspectors, who continue to do their part to protect our clean waters.  Please join us for the first annual Watercraft Inspector Appreciation Week, August 2nd-8th. We encourage you in any way that you can, help us celebrate the inspectors who help keep Montana’s waters free of aquatic invasive species.  Stop by to say Thank you, treats or snacks are greatly appreciated, or simply give them a honk as you pass by!    

An adult female zebra mussel can release a million eggs each year.  Mussels have detrimental impacts on recreation and infrastructure when they attach to underwater surfaces.  Flathead Lake is one of the largest and cleanest freshwater lakes in the country.  Boaters can stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by making sure watercraft is clean, drained and dry.

You must stop, it’s the law!  If you are hauling a watercraft of any kind, motorized or non-motorized, you must stop at EVERY check station!  It is illegal to transport mussels, dead or alive, into or within the state of Montana.  There have been a record number of boats checked this year at our two check stations.  To date, there have been four boats intercepted with non-viable mussels detected!  Good Job watercraft inspectors, thank you for keeping our waters the cleanest freshwater lakes in the country!

Let’s work together to help stop the spread of invasive mussels. (

For more information, go to or  To schedule a boat inspection, call Katie Finley-Squeque, AIS Coordinator for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe @ (406) 552-2781.