The Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer boating in Montana. For many, the holiday weekend is the first opportunity of the year to get their boats wet.
While in some places boating, floating and kayaking are year round activities, in Montana vessels and their captain and crew have been dry for months. Don’t wait, if you haven’t checked out your vessel it is time to prepare for the 2010 boating season.
A quick way to begin is an Internet visit to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Web site at fwp.mt.gov.
First go to the Recreation page to Rules & Regulations and select Boating for a speedy overview of important laws and rules of the waterways.
Did you know, for example:
Remember that boating accident reports are required by law if it caused a death or disappearance of any person, an injury requiring medical treatment beyond first-aid, or property damage in excess of $100.
These days, safe boating means boaters need to be environmentally safe too. Aquatic invasive species are a serious, irreversible threat to Montana's natural water resources. To do your part in protecting Montana’s waters from these invaders, please inspect, clean and dry your boat and all boating and personal gear after leaving a lake or stream. The longer you keep your boat, trailer, waders and other gear outside in the hot sun between trips, the better.
Look on FWP’s Recreation web page for a guide to activities on the water and places to boat.