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Certified Boater training offered online or at FWP offices

Aquatic Invasive Species

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Boat owners who primarily recreate on Tiber or Canyon Ferry Reservoir can take advantage of the Certified Boater program offered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The training provides participants with information about how to clean, drain and dry their watercraft; the threat posed by invasive mussels; and why it’s important for everyone to take responsibility in protecting Montana’s waterbodies. 

Certified boater training for Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs can be done online at or in person at any Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. To complete the training boat owners must provide their vessel’s bow number and the trailer license plate number if applicable.

To be eligible for the program:

  • The boat owner must be a Montana resident living east of the Continental Divide.
  • Motorized boats or sailboats more than 12 feet in length must be registered in Montana. Out-of-state boats are not eligible.
  • Two decals must be affixed to the exterior of each side of the stern/back of the watercraft.
  • A decal must also be affixed to any trailer transporting a boat.
  • The boat owner must go through a decontamination station at their designated reservoir before boating on a different waterbody.

Anyone wanting to recreate on Canyon Ferry and Tiber reservoirs will have access to multiple boat ramps, but Certified Boaters can launch at additional boat ramps that do not have watercraft inspection staff.

Certified Boaters are expected to do a self-inspection every time they exit the waterbody to make sure their boat is clean, drained and dry. The program is designed to decrease volume at decontamination stations and allow a focus on boats traveling elsewhere.

Certified Boaters must stop if they encounter an inspection station where they will be expedited through after a brief interview.

 For more information on invasive mussels, maps of inspection and decontamination stations and Certified Boater training, visit or call 406-444-2440.