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    BE PREPARED OR DON'T GO!

    High water is dangerous for all boaters

    Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision.

    When spring is in the air, snowmelt creates high water in our streams and rivers and high expectations for some good boating or rafting. The combination of high water and high expectations can be deadly when it turns out that the conditions are too extreme for safe boating.

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    MONTANA OUTDOORS

    Still Turning Heads

    Despite record floods, growing recreational use, and a brief scare last summer, the upper Yellowstone River continues to reign as one of the nation’s top trout waters.

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    MUSSEL RESPONSE UPDATE

    More ramps open to all boaters on Canyon Ferry

    Five boat ramps on Canyon Ferry Reservoir are now open to all boaters and four Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks decontamination stations are operating seven days a week.

    Yacht Basin, Kim’s Marina, Goose Bay, Silos and Hellgate are open to all boats. The rest of the boat ramps on Canyon Ferry Reservoir are open to certified local boaters only.

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    AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION PASS

    New AIS prevention pass available to anglers

    A program initiated by bill from the 2017 Montana Legislature will provide significant funding for the state’s fight against aquatic invasive species.

    Gov. Steve Bullock signed the bill into law Thursday. This AIS pass will be required for all anglers, beginning May 19. The cost is $2 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. This is not a license fee increase, but rather an additional requirement from the legislature to fund the fight against aquatic invasive species.

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    ORDER ONLINE

    New boat validation decals required

    Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current blue decals expired Feb. 28. Boaters who have permanently registered their boats, sailboats, or PWC must still obtain two free boat validation decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices or online.

Permit drawing process continues:

The drawing for elk permits was restarted today due to a process error. The elk and deer permit drawing process started on Monday with non-resident big game combo licenses. If applicants are successful in the license drawing then they move into elk and/or deer permit drawings, which happens next. The multi-layered drawing process typically takes a few days to complete.

Barring any other unforeseen problems, we anticipate that results will be posted online by the end of the week. Thank you for your patience.

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