The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks watercraft inspection station near Anaconda intercepted three boats carrying invasive mussels over the weekend.
One boat was coming from Michigan heading for Yakima, Wash., another other was coming from Florida heading for the Seattle area, and the third boat was coming from Ohio heading to British Columbia. The three boats had been out of the water for some time, and the mussels were not viable.
All people transporting motorized or nonmotorized boats into Montana must have their watercraft inspected before launching. Boat owners are required to stop at all open watercraft inspection stations. Persons purchasing used boats should ensure the watercraft are clean, drained and dry before crossing Montana state line.
To arrange an AIS inspection, call 406-444-2440. Other inspection stations are scheduled to open in early April.
Always ensure your boat is clean, drained and dry when removing from the water.